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Divyanka Tripathi supported me in my worst phase: Sharad Malhotra

By: Tarneet Puri
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It has been said that you were dating your Banoo Mein Teri Dulhan co-star Divyanka Tripathi but your break up happened because of different career goals. How true is that?

If you are working with someone for 15 hours for two and a half years, it's very normal to get linked up and you automatically share a good chemistry with the person. Honestly, Divyanka has been a very good friend of mine. She was among my three-four friends who supported me in the worst phase of my life. I am very grateful to have such friends. I keep hearing stories about our break up, but I think it comes with the package. If you are working together these stories will come. And you should take it with a pinch of salt & vodka and move on.

So, does that mean you are single right now?

Yes, I am absolutely single and totally in love with From Sydney With Love.

You once said Reality Shows are too real for you. Why?

Yes, it's too strong and emotionally I am very weak. We all are humans and there are times when you are unable to perform well. When I could not perform on a dance reality show because of my injury, people said that I am using an excuse because I am scared and my team is very weak. I was like, let me get well and then let's have a competition to see who is better. But I think there is no point in explaining these people because Reality Shows are too real and too harsh. I am very sorry to say that at times they really can't see what is the reality. At times, a contestant can genuinely have a problem, but some people just want TRP's and masala. I would love to host a show, but participating in it, is not my cup of tea.

Are you open to acting in more serials ?

Absolutely, TV is my first love. when you have superstars coming to TV then why not. As I have said earlier, I would love to host a show, where you can interact with people without hurting them. I would love to encourage people because everybody comes with a dream on the show and to tell them that you are giving excuses is very lame. I think people with that mentality need to move on in life. So, people who have this type of thinking should be boarded in the same plane which is going to arctic ocean.

Apart from acting what else you are passionate about?

I am very passionate about kick boxing and I am a trained kick boxer. I am also a trained horse rider and swimmer. I love to travel, love to go on trekking, hiking. I am not an indoor person. I don't like to stay at home. I love watching a lot of world cinema. And being a Punjabi, I also love food a lot.

Do you have any role model?

I would not say role model, but I really idolise actors like Javier Bardem, Leonardo DiCaprio from the west. From Bollywood, I idolise Amit ji, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan. Because it's not easy to stay in the industry for twenty years and do so well and they have actually done that. So, I won't say that they are my role models, but I definitely take inspiration from them.

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