‘The best compliment and worst criticism don’t affect me’

Debarati Palit Singh
Monday, 2 July 2018

Shaleen Bhanot, who will be seen in Kaun Hai?, a horror series on Colors TV, says that as a person he doesn’t attach himself to anything in life.

After being a part of a historical and mythological show, Shaleen Bhanot is experimenting with another genre — horror. The actor is part of Color’s horror series Kaun Hai? The show will bring alive accounts of paranormal activities, science fiction, fantasy and some cases inspired by real life incidents. Produced by Contiloe Pictures, the show will air from Friday to Sunday at 10.30 pm.       

Talking about this series, Shaleen says, “I play a writer who is having issues in his family life. To make things better, he decides to shift with his family to Kashmir but things don’t go as planned and they start experiencing supernatural activities.” 
Interestingly, in personal life, Shaleen is scared of ghosts. “I am like a kid, I can’t watch horror films or series because I get scared. Horror is not for me,” he says. 

He was last seen in Sher-e-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh, a historical drama based on the life of the founder of the Sikh empire. In spite of its rich content, the show couldn’t connect with the audience.

But Shaleen isn’t disappointed. “We had to go off air because the channel shut down, otherwise our show would have run much longer. There wasn’t much the producers could do. The show connected well with our target audience. It was the number one show on Life OK and I don’t think there was any family in Punjab which hadn’t watched it. I still get mails from fans saying, ‘People know about Shivaji Maharaj but nobody knows about the brave hearts of Punjab. Thanks for doing the show’,” he says. 

“I was honoured to play the character of Maharaja Ranjit Singh because I was mouthing dialogues of Waheguruji,” he added. 
So how does he detach himself from the failure of a show, considering the entire team works hard on making it a success?

Shaleen replies, “To be very honest, as a person, I don’t attach myself to anything in life. When we leave our house, most of us look into the mirror to see our hair and makeup. But when I look into the mirror, I remind myself that I have a sense of responsibility of coming back home, the way I am. When I come back home, I leave everything behind and tell myself, ‘Good job. I am still me’. The best compliment and worst criticism don’t affect me. I just do my job, if something works, I thank God and my fans. If it doesn’t, I come back with a sense of happiness of surrendering myself completely to the project.”   

Shaleen says that as an actor he picks up shows if they are different. “I love becoming a different person on screen and that attracts me the most while doing a show. I need to do variety because I can play Shaleen anytime in life,” he says before signing off.    

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