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We have seen Shaleen Bhanot, the television actor, in multiple avatars over the years. He has always been noticed for the way he carries himself. The actor was a part of several popular television shows like Roadies, Aahat and Saat Phere. He is also the winner of the dance reality show, Nach Baliye 4. Now, the actor is all set to spring a huge surprise on the audience, especially his fans, with his next offering, Laal Ishq on &TV.
In an exclusive interview to Filmibeat, Shaleen shared his experiences on doing different genres of shows. He also spoke about the new look on Laal Ishq that has already been hitting the headlines and on why he took up the show. He also shared a few interesting stories that we are sure you do not want to miss out on!
Shaleen Talks About Laal lshq
Q: You recently shot for a special episode on Laal Ishq. Your look on the show resembles the get-up that Diljit Dosanjh had flaunted in the film Phillauri. Tell us more about it.
A: I usually don't do episodic shows. One of the reasons I did the show was because I liked the look and the whole thought behind going back in the past! This guy travels through two centuries - he goes to the 1945 era and keeps coming back to 2018 - and this look is of his past. Actually, I came to know about this look (that it resembles Diljit's look from Phillauri) the next day.
Experience Of Doing Horror Shows
Q: You featured in the opening episode of the horror show Kaun Hai. Earlier, you had also done a few horror shows like Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai and Aahat. Did you experience any scary incident while shooting for these shows?
A: The last horror show that I had done was 10 years back. The same producers of Shhh... Phir Koi Hai produced Kaun Hai. They are family and wanted me to do it, so I agreed. In contrary to my physique, I am a scared guy! I neither watch nor work in horror shows.
In fact, the first time I saw the girl who played ‘bhoot' in Kaun Hai, I just could not see her for almost six hours. I, in fact, told her sorry! She was a firang and the make-up on her was scary. Also, it was the first day and it was very rude of me to not to talk to her. I even told her clearly, ‘Don't mind, but I am really scared with those lenses and make-up, I can't look at you.' Although we shot the whole day and had a nice chat, I couldn't look at her!
Shooting In Kashmir Was Exciting & Adventurous!
Q: So, it was one adventurous experience?
A: Yes, Kaun Hai was sort of an adventure! We were shooting in Kashmir and it was damn cold. People used to talk about the condition there (as it was not that good), we had that scare as well. But they were extremely sweet to us. I made new friends in Kashmir.
My family was not comfortable about me going to Kashmir because of the situation there and they were concerned about me. But when I went there, the production took a lot of care and we were made to stay in a safe and secure place. Abhimanyu, who was the producer, was very particular about this. We also had local guys taking care of us.
About Reality Shows
Q: You have done MTV Roadies and Nach Baliye 4, will you be interested in doing reality shows in the future as well?
A: I haven't thought about doing reality shows. But yes, I would do anything to entertain my audiences. If they want me to do a reality show, then I can! But, if you ask me whether I can do Roadies again, then I shall say a ‘no'! Because the show has changed a lot from the time I was there to now, and I can't use swear words.
Will Shaleen Do Bigg Boss If Offered?
Q: What do you have to say about Bigg Boss?
A: Shaleen says that he doesn't know anything about Bigg Boss and hasn't watched it as well. He says, "Many of my friends have done it, but I don't know about Bigg Boss experiences. I even don't know why people go and what they do in the Bigg Boss."
But when we told him about the whole concept of not interacting with the outside world after entering the Bigg Boss house, he said, "Then no! I can't stay without my friends and family!" He also added, "Well, if I do go, I will just go to see what I can do!"
"Medium Doesn’t Matter"
Q: What type of shows and roles would you like to play in the future? Any plans of doing digital shows/web series?
A: For me, the medium doesn't matter, what matters is work and I love working. If there is anything which is interesting, challenging and entertaining for me, then I will go ahead. Because I feel what entertains me, entertains people. That's why I do limited shows.
I love excitement and want to do variety of roles. I did Suryaputra Karn, as I had not done any mythological show before. The character Ranjit Singh was very different, as I had not played a Sardar before! It was exciting to play a Sardar and saying Vahi Guru's lines.
Shaleen's Favourite Co-star
Q: Who is your favourite co-star?
A: There are a lot of favourite co-stars. But I cherish working with Jennifer Winget. We had done a show together 8-9 years ago. It was at the initial stage of my career, I was nervous. I enjoyed working with her, as she is disciplined and a good actor!
"Would Love To Work With Jennifer Winget & Karan Patel"
Q: So would you love to work with Jennifer Winget again?
A: If given a chance, I would love to work with her. Actually, there is a long list of people with whom I want to work with. I would love to with my brother Karan Patel. We will have a lot of fun working together.
In movies, I have really admired Kamal Haasan and Shahrukh Khan. I love Deepika Padukone. I would love to work with everyone. The list doesn't end.
The Actor Loved Vicky Kaushal's Performance In Sanju
Q: Any role/actor's performance from the recent movie that inspired you?
A: I liked Vicky Kasual's performance in Sanju. Ranbir Kapoor is also a very good actor, but I liked Vicky Kaushal in the movie, as he has done a brilliant job in the film!
More About His Hollywood Project
Q: Any Bollywood project lined-up?
A: Not as of now. I am talking and meeting people, but haven't locked anything till now.
Q: You are all set to make your Hollywood Debut. You even got an opportunity to learn the craft from Michelle Danner. Fans would love to know the details of your Hollywood debut.
A: Michelle Danner has trained some of the most reputed actors in Hollywood. It was a real pleasure to learn from her. She was a sweetheart. It was very good! But, the Hollywood debut will take a little while, because of the legalities.
Fans Are His Extended Family
Q: One thing you love and hate about being an actor?
A: I don't hate anything about acting. I love the process of acting tremendously. I have been away from my family since a long time. The love I receive from my fans is the reason that I don't miss my family too much. Fans are my extended family and I love to interact with them on social media. The love I get from fans is the best thing about being an actor.
Q: What's your workout regime like that keeps you so fit?
A: The first thing I do in the morning is to hit the gym or jog. Any kind of physical activity is very important. It is not for the looks of it, but it is to do with my discipline and health. I always tell everybody that you should have some kind of physical activity like cycling, jogging or walking, to keep yourself healthy and fit.
Q: Independence Day is around the corner, what does freedom mean to you?
A: For me, freedom is liberation and living guilt free! You should never do something which you are guilty of. If you can't do good, don't do bad.
"My Country Is My Mother And I Love My Mother"
Q: What's your ‘proud to be Indian' moment?
A: The actor says that he was called Sahil in his childhood days, but was later given the name Shaleen by Guruji Swami Satyamitranand Maharaj when he was in the seventh grade. He further adds, "Bharat mere liye meri maa hai, aur hamari upbringing wasie hui hai. I don't need a reason to love my mother. My country is my mother and I love my mother."
Shaleen's Message For His Fans
Q: Finally, do you have any message for your fans?
A: As much as I can, I would love to thank them for being in my life, for loving me and for all the appreciation that they've showered me with. I just want to take every opportunity possible to thank them and show my gratitude towards them. I love them. I want to give more, in terms of my talent, and get more love from them.