Dishank Arora is famously known as Shivam of the show Balika Vadhu. He is also known for his roles in Love Ne Milla Di Jodi and Punar Vivah. Recently he was also seen in Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan on MTV Channel. He will now appear in an upcoming movie- Missing on a Weekend with Karan Hariharan and Pawan Malhotra. A Journalist Reveals caught up with him for a small interview. Excerpts:
Where were you born? How would you describe your childhood?
I was born in Delhi. My childhood has been good. I was a little notorious as a kid but was very pampered as I was the youngest in the house. I have an elder sister.
Full educational qualifications.
Well, as a kid I did my schooling from Manav Sthali school in Delhi. I have done my graduation in BBA and post that I started working in a Bank.
When did you decide that you would take up acting as a career?
During my school and college days, I used to participate in a lot of co-curricular activities, dramatics being one of them. I always loved the feeling of being on stage and I guess that’s where it all started. Happy I pursued my passion and I am happy in my space.
What did your parents say when you told them about your above decision, given the fact that the field is unreliable and unpredictable?
Yes. I think they knew I always wanted to be a performer. Thankfully they supported my decision and I think I have not disappointed them.
Which was your first TV serial and how did you get it?
Actually, the brand Guess had a contest running called the model hunt. I won that contest and became the face of the brand. Post that, I gained confidence and came to Mumbai and gave auditions and I was lucky enough that in no time I bagged my first TV serial Love Ne Mila Di Jodi on Star One.
Which was your debut movie and how did you get it?
Missing on a Weekend. Well I was shooting for my daily soap, when I got a call for this movie. I was not too sure of how it all would be. But when I read the script and my character sketch, I was more than happy to take this challenge on. I have never played a police officer and it was a wonderful experience.
What are your current projects?
I am currently shooting for Balika Vadhu. Just finished shooting for an advertisement for Bajaj Avengers. I have also been meeting many filmmakers so let’s see.
What do you see 10 years hence?
Hmmm, too long a period that is. But, well, I am certain I will be a performer- whether it is TV or Ads or films or theatre. I will be around, because this is my calling.
What do you do when not in front of the camera?
I am quite a fitness freak. I love working out and trying out different drills and routines. I also like dancing, though I am more of a grooving type more than a professional dancer.