‘I belonged to a village where there was no light.’
‘In Mumbai, I worked as a junior artiste, played small characters.’
‘After struggling a lot, I got a break on television.’
‘From there, I got a break in films.’ ‘It feels like a dream.’
‘Sometimes when I feel low, I look back at my journey and feel inspired.’
I guess it was the lockdown. I am very active on social media, but YouTube has a fan following which is different from Instagram or Facebook. It’s a different world. If we have to do a film promotion, a trailer or song, everything goes on YouTube. I thought this is the right time to talk to fans one-to-one. People have seen me work in films and television, and I thought I would tell fans how I am and how I live. There is a large number of youth following me, so there is a huge responsibility too. I thought why not motivate them in life? I come from a small village in Bihar and have earned a name in Mumbai. When you tell your story, you can inspire many people.
This channel seems to be for edutainment because you impart ‘guru gyaan’, as you call it. You give tips on how to cook, like making a keto cake, or making an eco-friendly Ganesha. How have you planned to go ahead?
I have not thought about how I will plan this. I made a video on my journey from Mumbai to Jaipur (for the shoot of The Wife), how I underwent the COVID test, how I travelled on the plane, how we reached the hotel, how the studio is, what precautions we are taking during the shoot, how the studio is sanitised... I released this video on YouTube. This will give an idea to people. I feel the videos should be random. If I plan them, it will get boring. I may shoot videos on fitness and food. Many people work out, but don’t eat the right food. If you eat the right food, it can change your life. Another theme is meditation. We keep our bodies fit, but are we maintaining our mental state? I am a black belt in martial arts. I want to show what all can be done in fitness.
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