'TV actors have a wider audience'

Candid Conversation

Modelling, reality shows, daily soaps and now films – what else does an actor want in his career! Vishal Karwal who shot to fame with the youth-based reality show Roadies and then the Bigg Boss will now star in a short film by Nikhil Advani to be aired on MTV. 

In a candid conversation with Metrolife, the handsome hunk reveals his future plans and says he wants to do more in life. Talking about his upcoming film Shaadi Vaadi which also features another telly star Mishal Raheja of Laagi Tujhse Lagan fame, and revolves around a cheerful young girl and the journey to her dream wedding, Karwal, said, “It is a new concept and a good change for television as well. It is a one-hour film and is a very cute love story shot in a very unconventional manner.” So how has his experience been working with Advani and his team? “It was a great learning experience for me and moreover, the crew was quite young, so they brought new energy to the set, “ the dimpled actor said.

When asked if the focus of Bollywood directors had now shifted to telly actors to play lead roles in their films, Karwal, said, “First of all why the categorisation? An actor is an actor, be it in television or films. The film industry also needs actors because there are only a handful of actors, like Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan, who only does one to two films in a year. What about the rest of the 200-300 films that are made every year? So, in this case we new actors come into the picture. Also, TV actors are more popular and have a wider audience.”

Following his motto ‘one needs to experiment’, Karwal, shared that he gets bored of one role quite soon. Currently busy with Vikran Bhatt’s sequel of the horror film, 1920, Karwal is enjoying this phase of life. 

“My journey has been wonderful. I started with Roadies and then also did Splitsvilla. Amongst those hundreds of contestants only few of us are doing good in our career, and I am one of them. My decisions in the past have paid me well,” said the actor who was also seen playing the role of a Bihari in daily soaps Rang Rasiya and Lord Krishna in Dwaarkadheesh.

The successful actor also shared a ‘sad’ thing with Metrolife: “I am a certified and a trained pilot, but there is no time to fly. Although I am not a commercial pilot but would love to carry forward this hobby,” he said, adding that he has also bought land in Himachal Pradesh to construct a boarding school.

Hailing from a business family which owns three-four jewellery showrooms in Punjab, the experimental actor, said, “It is difficult to earn respect than money. And this I learnt from my grandfather, who left everything in HP and came to Punjab and started from scratch. From a small shop to multiple showrooms, he really made it big in life and hence he is my role model.”

Sharing his philosophy of life, Karwal said, “A person can only grow if he does two things – travelling and reading. And travelling doesn’t mean to go to some exotic location, but also to explore even the villages and interior of that area.”

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