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Himanshu Malhotra interview: “For me everyday is a new day”

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Himanshu Malhotra is a very well known name in the entertainment industry of India. He is an Actor, dancer, social worker and a motivational speaker. Himanshu Malhotra was also seen in many Indian serials, reality shows and movies. He also grabbed the NACH BALIYE trophy in 2015 and also a contestant of KHATRON KE KHILADI: FEAR FACTOR in 2016. He was also seen in the recently released movie ‘SHERSHAH”, playing the role of Captain Rajeev Kapoor.

Here are some questions we asked Himanshu about his journey till date.

What keeps you motivated everyday?

Himanshu Malhotra: For me everyday is a new day. Usually what people do is they make their past, their present and spoil their future thinking of that. I am still not at the stage where I can consider every moment of my life as a new moment but still I try to make every day of my life productive.

What were the thoughts that brought you in the entertainment industry?

Himanshu Malhotra: The desire of being famous was the first motive of mine to step in the industry. I used to play cricket in my childhood, and dreamt to have a successful career in the same. But wasn’t successful in that, then thought to try acting as I was already into dancing. Basically all this started just to get fame, also it was very immature as all these incidents happened when I was 18 or 19 years old. But eventually you realize that all the arts such as acting and dancing are way beyond being famous. Its magical, its spiritual!

Despite of acting, what made you thing of being a motivational speaker?

Himanshu Malhotra: I never consider myself a motivational speaker. It’s the people who calls me motivational speaker. I just share my experiences with my life that I have gone through, maybe as a friend, a mentor, a teacher or an elder brother, or whatever. This is the reason why we call organization a, ‘ SHARE AND GROW INITIATIVE’ , and our tagline is ‘ we share, we grow’.

We cannot actually motivate anyone, we can only inspire someone by something deep from our past experiences. I believe that the rule of universe is that if have done something wrong, I realize it and tell you not to make the same mistake, to make your life better, that is how we co-exist in universe. The same is done by our family, parents, elders etc. if somehow I can help you transform you, add value to your life, society, mankind, than I am happy.

ONE MYTH ABOUT THE INDUSTRY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO CLEAR.

Himanshu Malhotra: The biggest myth that exists is that the people are wrong, bad influences, bad industry, but its simple that people are not bad or wrong it’s the situation which makes a person right or wrong, good or bad. Some people rise and some people fall due to these situations or circumstances. Everything is easily visible in the Film industry and thr Television industry due to the following of the celebrities and stars. Everyone makes mistakes in their life either me or you, the mistakes bu celebs are highlighted and exagarated which create rumours.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH SHERSHAH?

Himashu Malhotra: Firstly, I would salute to the courage, the enthusiasm, the spirit of the Army men for their selfless duty towads the country. We were blessed to be around them, the trained us, shared us many experiences and incidents, the discipline and willpower. It was the most pleasurable and enriching experience of our life. The whole team of Shershah is blessed and thankful for such experience.

The best part was it was loved by the people at a great extent. We were a bit nervous related the release of the movie on Amazon, we thought that cinema halls would have been a better place. But we were blessed by the soul of late Captain Vikram Batra sir that the movie was a huge success after the release. The IMDB ratings, tags on post, online appreciation made it all worth it at the last. A great thank you to Dharma Production, Amazon Prime and whole team. Shooting in Palampur and Kargil was a the most cherishing experience of our life.

A ROLE YOU PLAYED, WHICH WAS MOST MEMORALE AND ONE WHICH YOU THINK DIDN’T SUITED YOU!

Himashu Malhotra: A show named ‘BHAGOMALI’ , which was telecasted a few years back, had a character named ‘ GUDDU SHUKLA’, who is still appreciated. It was a very beautiful show, though it was a difficult task to shoot it back then. Still the character was very deep and had touched my heart and has taught many things for my acting, this was the most memorable role I played.

Talking about the role which I think didn’t suited me was in the movie, ‘ WAJAH TUM HO’ by T-Series. I was playing the negative character, which had a rape sequence on a women which I think didn’t got well with me.

A TIP TO THE ASPIRING YOUNGSTERS WHO WANTS TO STEP IN THE INDUSTRY.

Himanshu: Make your skills your first priority. People think looks and body would help them ti be well established but it is not the scenario. You need to come prepared as no-one wants to teach you, they wants you to come prepared. Learn dancing, attend workshops, do theatre, this would help you build skills and your portfolio. Looks and physical fitness are just a part of acting. It is required at some points but the skills needs to be your first priority. Secondly, don’t get demotivated. The sparkle, the parties, the failures etc would distract you but you need to keep in mind what got you here. You left your family, your city, town just to live your dream and follow it, so stay focused and concentrated.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE- TELEVISION SHOWS, REALITY SHOWS OR MOVIES?

 Himanshu: Definitely I would choose reality shows over all the other three, especially dance reality shows as I am fond of dancing. I think reality shows are the only platform where you can showcase you talent. It gives you your identity. You don’t want to be known by a character you played, you want to be known by your name and that is what reality shows helps you to get. We play character to be known that this person played the character.

HOW WAS KHATRON KE KHILADI: FEAR FACTOR BEEN?

Himanshu: The experience with the show was actually very intresting. I remembered the first stunt I peformed in which I was hooked up on the 18th floor of a building and I need to jump up on a sheet. I think that this show connects you to yourself. When you are about the peform a task facing your fear, you get many thoughts in you head, this helps you to know youself, it helps you to overcome you fear, it helps you to control your anger and negative thoughts. I think this is the most beautiful part of the show.

 WHO INSPIRES YOU?

Himanshu: I think my wife, Amruta Malhotra is the biggest inspiration and motivator for me! At the time of Khatron Ke Khiladi, when I was nervous, I had a fear, I didn’t knew swimming, at that time she was the one who said me that you can do it. She has always pushed me in one way or other to do various tasks. She believes in trying and getting experience wether you succeed or not that is not the point at the beginning, just try and get experience. Rather than her all the people who achieves something escaping their boundries motivates me, wether it be Hritik Roshan, Amitabh Bacchan, M.S Dhoni and so on. Kind people are the best in inspiring.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR FUTURE PLANS IN REALITY SHOWS, BIOPICS AND ALL?

Himanshu: I would love to do dancing with the stars, that is JHALAK DIKHLAJA, whenever it happens.

And talking about any biopic then I woulf like to to a biopic on any athlete. Neeraj Chopra would be a wonderfull personality to have a biopic on and I would look forward for it.

YOUR VIEWS ON INDIA’S PEFORMANCE IN OLYMPICS?

Himanshu: It is a proud moment for all of us. With the help of a few such personalities we uplift our country. There is some kind of a pressure which the society puts on us regarding these kind of sports, and it needs a great spirit and courage to tear it apart and rise with flying colours. A salute to the players who brought gold, silver and bronze for the country.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MAHARASTRIAN FOOD?

Himanshu: I personally am very fond of sweet food items, so Puran-Poli is currently my favourite maharastrian food item. My mother-in-law makes it everytime for me and I enjoy eating it a lot. Sometimes I start my day with Poha as well which I also enjoy eating. Being a Punjabi it was a bit amazing for me people eating Poha and Pav Bhaji in the breakfast.

 I eat staple homemade food and avoid packed and processed food.

ONE PLACE WHICH YOU WOULD LOVE TO VISIT IN RECENT DAYS.

Himanshu: I actually want to visit Bhutan once. I have heard that is a very beautiful country. If we talk about travelling in the nation then I would love to explore the eastern side of the country Darjeling, Shillong, Gangtok and ofcourse Kedarnath is a dream place for every Indian to visit. I will plan to visit it soon with my friends.

LIFE LESSONS YOU LEARN FROM THESE THREE FOLLOWING:

WIFE:

Himanshu: If you want to be extraordinary then you need to go through the line of being ordinary.

COMPETING IN NACH BALIYE:

Himanshu: Don’t focus on the result, focus on the process.

CINESTARS KI KHOJ:

Himanshu: See an platform as an opportunity, life does not ends there. Don’t get demotivated with failure.

ONE PRESONAL MOTIVATION MESSAGE FOR THE PEOPLE.

Himanshu: I see a lot of people who stays distracted continuously. I will say that complete the task you start. We usually start one task then get distracted and leave it. We don’t need to do this, once we start the task try to complete it.

For more information about Himanshu Malhotra:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3875800/

This was the interview with the very positive Mr. Himashu Malhotra. Hope this brings a bit positivity in your life and helps you to start your day with new enthusiasm and positivity.

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Anuj Saini from being face of advertisers to singles!

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Anuj Saini a pre-dominant face of advertising industry is ruling the Indian entertainment industry. Recently he was seen in Gandhi Godse Ek Yudha as character of Naren . He also featured alongside actresses like Jacqueline Fernandez in Mere Angne Mein and Dhvani Bhanushali in Vaaste. he is also seen in many advertisements which includes KFC, Sprite, Nivea, Cadbury,Tata and other known brands.

When did you start your career as an actor?

Anuj Saini: After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, I moved to Mumbai and began my acting career there in 2017.

How has your experience been in the advertising industry? You have been their favourite face for years.

Anuj Saini: Advertising is quite competitive; for a single ad, about 5000 candidates audition, but only one girl and one male are chosen. I’ve spent 6 to 8 hours working on a clothing advertisement set, and I love it. Once we start producing advertising, it’s wonderful, and I get to enjoy creating television commercials.
Just keep trying, improving, and being patient are key characteristics in this field.

What was your first show and how was your first experience working in that show?

Anuj Saini: It was a music video for the song VAASTE that I appeared in. That was my very first acting experience, and it was a great one. The great Rajkumar Santoshi sir’s Gandhi Vs. Godse, my debut movie, will be released in theatres across India next month

As acting is not a cup of tea for everyone! How did you know that you can do it as an actor?

Anuj Saini: It takes months of preparation for a three-hour test (a movie), and acting is a 24-hour career where you have to get better every day with no turning back.

There were so many superstars back in the days so who inspired you the most to become an actor?

Anuj Saini: The actors who most inspired me to pursue acting were Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Sushant Singh Rajput. Due to their consistency in remaining where they are and doing their best up to this point, we are all aware that these people didn’t got support from others in the industry.

Which achievement means a lot to you and is there any other achievement you look forward to achieving?

Anuj Saini: It meant a lot to me when I was chosen for my first feature film, which will be released in January, because I had no familiarity and many talented people chose me for the role. This is a huge accomplishment for me And I have a lot of accomplishments I want to get to.

You have met many different personalities from different fields. Who was most inspiring and why?

Anuj Saini: Anuja Patil, a former player for India, influenced me greatly with her personality . She changed the outlook of way of communicating with others. She is incredibly generous.

What do you want to share that many people don’t know about you?

Anuj Saini: Although I’m a big introvert and am really shy in real life, there is a switch that allows me to be completely different in front of the camera.

What message would you like to give to upcoming actors who follow you?

Anuj Saini: Keep working and hustling. Bombay is a city where one phone call has the power to completely alter your journey, but it will take time for that call to reach you. Until then, stay positive, put in a lot of effort, and don’t give up.

Lastly, what is one message that you want to give to your followers and well-wishers?

Please continue to support me; I’ll do everything in my ability to make you all smile.
AAP HAI TO HUM HAI!!

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Nidhi Uttam Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai fame shares her journey.

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Nidhi Uttam, who is an actress working in Indian television industry and film industry for more than a decade. She rose to fame as Nandini in Asia’s longest running show on Star plus “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai” . She was also seen in Anubhav Sinha‘s award-winning film Thappad in a crucial role.Being a trained martial artist, a street level athlete and a freelance graphic designer.
Niddhi shared her journey and important tips to enter and retain acting in the industry.

Can you tell us about your journey till here. As you have reached great heights, we are curious to know what’s your story?

Nidhi Uttam: I’m from a place named Kanpur. After finishing my 12th grade year, I moved to Mumbai to finish my education. I came here to study graphic design and animation. I had just been living in Mumbai for around six months when I was chosen as the lead actor for one of the shows produced by great producer Ekta Kapoor. When I was asked to join in the programme, Kasturi, I was quite nervous because acting is not something that most people outside of the industry do right away.
When I initially declared that I couldn’t pursue acting, everyone told me that I had been chosen and couldn’t refuse Ekta Kapoor. I spoke with my teachers at that time, and they all advised me not to say no since Ekta Kapoor has given you the opportunity, which is a dream for many other people. Once I started working in the field, I learned how important it was. Since I’ve been working in this field for around 15 years, it was a major turning point in my life.

What are your personal favourite TV shows you did so far?

Nidhi Uttam: Our first show is always special, in my opinion, and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai was the one where I received the most love. However, I was very young when I began, and throughout my acting career, from the first performance I did till today I have made really wonderful friends with whom I still keep in touch. As a non-actor, it served as a form of learning and stepping stone for me as I progressively learned how to act while performing.
In terms of movies, Thappad has been my largest endeavour to date. My next movie, Chaar Lugayi, which features me as the protagonist . In this movie everyone will see a different side of me. It is scheduled for release in February 2023.

What do you think is the greatest strength as an actor?

Nidhi Uttam: It’s important to be consistent. Just don’t give up after one setback. You must maintain high ambitions and consistency in this field that, in my opinion, is the most crucial factor, along with maintaining focus. From the outside, this industry appears to be very glittery and glamorous, but the reality is that you have to work day and night. This requires more effort and concentration because timings vary depending on the shoot and there are more hours spent working. Additionally, there are no leaves,, especially when working on a television programme.

What is one thing that you consider as greatest accomplishment as an actor?

Nidhi Uttam: In terms of acting, last year has been really wonderful for me. Any actor’s desire is to appear on billboards and other advertising. This year, I ran a significant campaign and served as the face of the DLF mall in Nodia. I also did digital advertising there, and because I was the face of the mall, I appeared on all of the billboards. It was my greatest success.Throughout the span of these 15 years, I also had numerous other successes that made my family proud of me.

What do you think is the most important aspect of a good performance ?

Nidhi Uttam: I think the most crucial factor in performance is whether you can create an emotional response from the audience. Any type of acting scene would do, but whatever it is, the audience must be impressed by your performance.

Was acting always your passion, even since you were a child?

Nidhi Uttam: No, there was never any doubt about whether I liked acting or not because I was solely interested in sports and school. I’m more into sports since I’ve competed at the state level. I used to practise martial arts, but I hardly ever watched television. For example, when schoolgirls would talk about TV shows, I had nothing to do because we weren’t even allowed to watch it at home. When I first received an offer to appear in a show, I was very hesitant because I was so completely cut off from the media at the time. However, I firmly believe that God had other plans for me.

When did you decide that you want to become an actor?

Nidhi Uttam: Even after my first performance, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue acting. You won’t have time for anything else when you work for a production company called Balaji. As a result, I was unable to complete the coursework for which I had travelled there and paid all fees. Since I didn’t know what I would do after my first show, I was constantly concerned about when I would finish my course and my studies at that time.
My teachers at the time were a huge source of encouragement, telling me not to worry because what I was doing was the fulfilment of many people’s dreams. And in 2007 people had trouble finding employment in the animation and graphics industries. I think that god gave me a golden spoon as a blessing. I was earning a respectable sum of money and getting show after show, which gave me hope and encouragement.

What do you think you would have chosen as a career if not acting?

Nidhi Uttam: Either I would have been an animator or the owner of an advertising firm. Learning animation and creating animated films were my objectives.

How do you feel when you make your fans become engrossed in the lives of your characters?

Nidhi Uttam: I consider myself fortunate since I receive a lot of support from my fans. Most people recognise me as Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’s Nandini. Recently, I travelled to the small village of Mathura to film for a new movie. I saw hundreds of people coming out to see me on their terraces. This kind of fan love is so touching, I think I must have done something good to earn it. It is also motivating because it inspires you to work harder on your subsequent endeavour.

Every industry, including the entertainment industry, is full of competition; what do you do to stand out amidst competition?

Nidhi Uttam: Competition, in my opinion, never dies and really makes you a better worker. Competition is necessary. Certainly, there is a lot of competition in our industry. There are a lot of fresh people enter the industry. People are hiring actors for less money, which may be a challenger, but competition usually arises between the performances of two individuals; if you can establish your calibre there, there is no stopping you.

Which types of acting do you feel you are most suited for?

Nidhi Uttam: I’m pretty good at doing emotional romantic scenes, but I’d like to focus on comic scenes because that’s a genre I haven’t really explored.

How do you react when you receive a negative review about a performance?

Nidhi Uttam: Though I can honestly say that as of now, I haven’t gotten any bad reviews, if I do, I’ll accept them positively. Constructive criticism help you develop your character. Feedback is a pretty crucial part of our journey.

Your longest-running show was Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star-plus. Tell us something about it.

Nidhi Uttam: I spent 12 years as a cast member of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. I had about 500 auditions before this programme and was unemployed for about seven months. However, when I showed up for the Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai audition, they informed me that I had been chosen for the role of Nandini.The best part was they told me I was the only candidate they had considered for the role.
My character is completely different from the part or character I had portrayed. However, they promised me that they would remove my disabled character after three months, but once the show premiered and viewers began to enjoy my performance, they decided to keep my role for a very long period. I used to occasionally get frustrated with my part! But over time I came to understand that Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is the reason I’m getting all the affection. I’ve actually encountered handicapped girls on numerous times or at events. They came up to me and told me that I inspire them and make them feel valuable.

Have you ever had to enact a character that was in opposition to your values and morals?

Nidhi Uttam: I have not, and I have played positive roles. I’m picky when it comes to choosing a role. I receive a lot of requests for crime shows and other things, but I don’t do them. I haven’t played any negative roles up to this point. I’m willing to do negative roles as well, but if the script changes to a more good component in the future, that’s a different story. An actor needs to be prepared to take on any character.

Any tips or suggestions which you would like to give to the people who are pursuing this field?

Nidhi Uttam: If you’re interested in acting, I have one extremely crucial piece of advice for you. ‘ Always have a backup plan’. Since I’m an actor, I always wanted to work in graphics, I didn’t let my course in graphics go to waste. I now work as a freelance graphic designer. I keep learning how to use my programme by watching tutorial videos. You can use these backup plans if you don’t have any upcoming tasks or shows. Learn something new and work on it rather than falling into depression or doing something else.

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