‘I had a shaky start’

Debarati Palit
Sunday, 11 June 2017

Director-producer Suneel Darshan's son Shiv is making a comeback on the silver screen with Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha. The romantic mystery directed by his father also stars Upen Patel and newbie Natasha Fernandes.

 ...says Shiv Darshan whose second film Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha is releasing after a four-year hiatus in his career

Director-producer Suneel Darshan's son Shiv is making a comeback on the silver screen with Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha. The romantic mystery directed by his father also stars Upen Patel and newbie Natasha Fernandes.

After making his debut with Karle Pyar Karle in 2013, Shiv seemed to have disappeared. The actor says that this was because he had a shaky start in Bollywood. “It was like a fall before I could fly. Post my first film, I didn't want to jump into just anything, so I waited for something that will excite me.”

Shiv is currently promoting Ek Haseena Thi...which is releasing on June 30. The title of the film is borrowed from the famous song of the Rishi Kapoor-starrer, Karz. He says that one has watch the film to know why it's called Ek Haseena Thi...

Talking about his role, he says, “The film is essentially a romantic musical with element of mystery. My character is mysterious and passionate. He talks with a poetic flair and has great love for Natasha’s character. It's an ‘eternal love’ kind of story.” To prepare for his role, Shiv had to learn to speak and write Urdu. “I enjoyed learning how to speak Urdu because I am fond of poetry. I have brushed up my language skills,” he says, adding, “I play a farm worker, and there's an element of physical fitness required when you play such characters. I am a fitness freak and therefore relate to it.”

Does he feel the pressure to meet the high expectations that the industry and audience has set for him since he's the son of a celebrated filmmaker known for films like Ek Rishtaa, Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, Andaaz? “To be honest, I want to enjoy the journey rather than worry about my destiny. I am obviously nervous about whether my work will be appreciated or not. Our music is being liked a lot and we are trending ahead of Raabta and Tubelight. Obviously there's excitement, nervousness, and happiness. I am currently having mixed feelings,” says the actor who had always planned to be part of the entertainment industry but wasn't sure if he wanted to be an actor or not.  

He shares a piece of advice that his father gave him when he joined the industry. “He has asked me to be patient, have persistence and keep working hard,” he signs off.

 

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