'From Being A Nobody, I Am A Somebody Now': Piyush Sahdev
Down-to-earth and candid, Piyush Sahdev has proved that he is here to stay!
Delhi boy Piyush Sahdev never dreamt of being an actor but fate landed him in Tellywood. His hard work and dedication paid off and today he is hugely popular as Kabir Tripathi in Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke. What sets Piyush apart from the rest is his passion for the job and his commitment to his craft. Masala! catches up with this self-confessed fitness freak as he shares details about his life and aspirations…
Describe your role in Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke.
I play a fashion designer named Kabir Tripathi. My character is raised in the US so he is strong-headed, professional, disciplined and athletic. He has grown up with his grandmother who wants to go back to her roots in India. So he returns to India and starts designing and that’s when he meets this girl called Richa. That’s how the story starts.
Do you relate to your character?
I relate to my character only in a few aspects. Like Kabir, I am very professional and passionate about my work. Television actors live a very difficult life; our schedules are very hectic but I try to be as disciplined as I can. I gym every day and maintain my diet. I never compromise on my work and I am not a very social person. Sometimes I end up working 17 or 18 hours a day!
You got married in 2012. How do you balance your personal and professional life?
It really is difficult. But my wife is also an actress (Akangsha Rawat). She has done a lot of shows and knows how the industry works. Whenever I get time off, I make sure to spend every minute with her. We go out shopping, or watch a movie and have dinner. I also try and take four or five days off from work every three to four months.
What is your equation with your co-star Mahima Makwana?
It’s good. She is only 14 years old but very professional. She has been working on the show for the last two years while I joined it only about eight months ago. I was a bit nervous initially but she supported me a lot.
What made you take up acting as a profession?
Frankly, I never wanted to be an actor. I was very reserved and shy. Even today, I am very shy behind the camera. I became an actor almost by accident and when I started out, I didn’t know anything about the industry. But when I take up something, I give it my best shot. It was a struggle to go through all those auditions and deal with rejections but finally it’s all worth it. From being a nobody, I am a somebody now (laughs). To learn the nuances of the craft, I did theatre for a few years and even learnt Bharatanatyam for six months. I also acquired post production skills like editing before becoming an actor.
Do your friends give you any advice?
My friends from Delhi say I have changed a lot. I used to be very shy earlier but now I am an extrovert and it’s partly because of my profession. They say I have reached a level they never expected me to and I agree with them. I recently met my friend, Sumeet Vyas, who played a role in English Vinglish. During our initial struggle days, we used to discuss our life and aspirations. When we met recently, we realised we had come a long way in the industry.
You drove a Ferrari at the Durban Derby in South Africa recently. What was it like?
It was a great experience! We had a couple of performances in Durban. People who couldn’t afford to buy tickets to watch our show were given a free experience at the Durban race course. We performed in front of 40 to 50,000 people and it was incredible. It was during this time that I, along with a few co-stars got the chance to drive a Ferrari. The cherry on the cake was that the Ferrari I drove has only five editions all over the world so I felt blessed (laughs)!
What’s next on the agenda?
Most of my roles have been very serious. I want to play a carefree character now, something on the lines of Aamir Khan’s role in Dil Chahta Hai. I don’t want to be stereotyped. When I visited Durban, people were surprised to see me dance so well. They associated me with my character and thought I was not a good dancer. So people have certain misconceptions and I want to break the mould with my next performances.
Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke is aired on Zee TV Saturday to Wednesday at 19.30 pm.
TRIVIA ABOUT PIYUSH
Although it’s been 14 years since he has been in Mumbai Piyush says he doesn’t have many friends.
Being a Punjabi he is crazy about butter chicken along with dal makhani, rajma, and chole.
Piyush hates reading and admits he had no interest in studies even when he was in college.
The actor is quite multi-talented. He got a black belt in Karate when he was in class 10 and used to play the harmonium while in school.