Being an outsider you have to figure your way out by yourself, says actor Shivam Bhaargava
Shivam Bhaargava,model turned actor, who made his debut with Vikram Bhatt’s Ghost opposite Sanaya Irani, is currently seen playing commando alongside Akshaye Khanna in 'State of Siege: Temple Attack'
Tell us something about your journey. Was it challenging?
It was long roller coaster journey. Being an outsider you have to figure your way out by yourself because you don't have people working and helping you out for everything. It took time but well, it has been a worthwhile journey. One has to buckle up because it is tough and you've got to give it your all. I learned how things work and how to build up your portfolio and get to the right place at the right time. All my passion, sweat and hard work was invested in it. Thus for me it's been difficult yet a worthwhile journey. I was fortunate enough to get some good work. I started with ads then films and web series. It's been wonderful till now and I can't complain. I'm fortunate enough to get those opportunities. Some of my future projects are lined up too.
What has been your most memorable role so far and why?
I'd have to say Karan Khanna in Ghost for various reasons. I got the opportunity to work with Mr Vikram Bhatt, who has made some brilliant films. I was cast opposite Sanaya Irani, who was just a delight to work with and we were shooting in London. Plus this character was very different from who I am, which is why it was great to work on creating it.
How was it working with Vikram Bhatt in Ghost?
Vikram sir was very easy to work with, he was very clear with what he wants from a take and there was always so much to learn from him, during takes and when we had discussions over lunch.
What were your biggest lessons?
The biggest lesson I have learnt is that when you audition there's going to be a lot of rejection but you can't take it personally because at the end of the day, the director and casting director have their own vision and they are looking for something. So it doesn't necessarily mean you are a bad actor. It's not always about you- this realisation makes it easier to take rejections .
In the last one year, music videos have grown huge. We saw you also in a music video. What do you think is the reason?
I think music videos have always been around but in the last year, because of the pandemic, we had fewer films releasing in cinemas, which has given OTT platforms quite a boost. Music videos are a great way of telling stories and clearly there's a huge demand for entertainment at the moment, hence the growth.
With which director you wish to work, and what kind of roles you want to play in future?
There are so many like Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Anurag Kashyap, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Zoya Akhtar. I would love to play a romantic comedy, thriller, action. I think something like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayge , Dhoom or Tiger