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“I have to learn a lot of things and I’m still learning”, says Ankush Arora



Acting and singing makes him a passionate entertainer. Ankush Arora of Zee TV’s Yeh Vaada Raha talks to Dhrithi Sudhakar Gulvadi about his love for singing, his destiny and more…

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Had there been any difficulty to understand the skin of your character in your show?
I never told this to anyone but I had been to Versova village where I found a lot of people speaking that type of a language. I had been there to meet my friend. I learnt a few things after catching glimpses of certain real characters I had seen during my visit to Versova.

You were passionate about pursuing singing as your career, how did acting happen to you?
Actually, my first dream was to become a singer. When I was in school, I used to sing in groups and used to participate in school competitions. I used to go to different cities to perform in groups, but I never got any limelight in music. I shifted to theatre and then I received the limelight. Everybody was appreciating my work as an actor. I was performing street acts as well. I joined Amity school of communication and pursued journalism for three years. I got to learn film-making in it. I directed a short film and I acted in several short films. Since then I got the camera confidence. I came to Bombay and tried my luck here. I got some episodic shows.

I’ll tell you one of the stories which is very interesting. I was staying at my sister’s place in Malad. I came to Bombay for my internship. I did my internship and got the show as well. After the completion of my show, I was on my way back to my home in Delhi. I caught a train and had no ticket. And hence I paid some money to the TC and asked him to help me with a seat. As the train had halted in Borivali, I felt that I was leaving something and I didn’t feel like leaving Bombay. I alighted at the Borivali station.

My dad was confused as to what I’m upto after I did this on-off thing between two places. And I told him that I didn’t want to leave this place because of my wish to act. I had my luggage in my hands and watched the train moving and it was more like a film scene for me. At that moment, there was no one to help me. I sat for an hour at the station and then one of my friends helped me. This is how my journey towards acting happened.

I shifted to my friend’s place. I attempted a few auditions and then I bagged a show named Gustakh Dil which had a continuation character. I was playing the lead’s brother. I had done twelve ads and worked with Fawad Khan too. I had worked for Pepsi in Pakistan. I worked with Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan as well. It was a good journey, but apart from that, I have composed a few tracks with my friend. I sang 6-7 songs as well. I approached T-series and they liked my song but I’m stuck with Yeh Vaada Raha. So there’s nothing happening with music as of now.

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You left your passion for singing because you wanted to gain the limelight as an actor. Comment.
Everybody wishes to get famous. I don’t act to gain limelight only, but I have to get into the skin of the character. Each and every actor applies different methods to act. It’s not an easy task to be in the character.

At this stage of your career, what is in your mind?
Right now, I’m singing some western songs like Enrique’s and Maroon 5’s. I really have to work hard on it because I have to manage both the things, acting and singing. I have a passion for martial arts as well. I want people to see me as a full package. They should see me as a guy who has a lot of talent and as an all rounder. I have to learn a lot of things and I’m still learning.

Bollywood actors sing for their movies. Didn’t you try singing for your show?
Yes, I’m trying. I have asked my producer about the same and they’ve asked me to wait for the reply. I had made them listen to some of my demos. They liked it. But they are waiting for the good time. It will be out anytime.

What genre do you prefer for singing?
It is Bollywood. My favourite singer is Sonu Nigam. I follow him. If I ever cover a song, it’ll be Sonu Nigam’s song.

You had no formal training in both acting and singing.
I was doing theatre. I participated in a lot of competition and reached state levels. My formal training in music was under process, but I left it to join the theatre. Now at the age of 24, I am playing different ages in the show and it has given me a new experience. I’ve just played a double role in which I’ve portrayed a Tapori character. When you’re working for any number of hours in a daily soap, you’re grooming yourself. When you work for so long in front of the camera, then you’ll discover something by getting polished on a daily basis in terms of acting.