Buddha to Shivaye has been a transformation: Himanshu Soni

Creative art, as many say, requires a strong inner calling – a creative to live their dreams. While it comes easy to some, for many it’s a tough walk up to the peak. However, listening to his inner voice and creative calling, Himanshu Soni of Zee TV’s ‘Buddha’ fame took up the challenge to walk to though path.

Before shooting to fame with Buddha, Soni has, in the past, worked in shows like Parvarish, Ramayan, Crime Patrol, Adaalat and a lead in Yeh Zindagi Hai Gulshan. He is currently playing Shivaye’s character in the new show Neeli Chhatri Wale.

In an exclusive conversation with Adgully, Himanshu Soni, shared his thoughts on picking up Buddha, the different characters he’s played through his recent years and much more…

Soni doesn’t refrain from stating that his role in Buddha hasn’t come the easy way. “It been quite a struggle to get into a right role and Buddha is a show which became a turning point of my journey. It is a show which will remain close to my heart forever. I have given me everything to the show so that in the future, viewers will remember me for memorable role on Indian television. Buddha to Shivaye was a transformation for me. I’ve lived with the character of Buddha, quite literally”, he shared.

Speaking on how such characters affect an actor’s personal life, he said, “When Buddha’s role was offered to me, the show’s producers were planning it from last five years and actually wanted to make a film on Buddha earlier. They auditioned many Bollywood actors and Hollywood actors for the role like Ranbir Kapoor, Tiger Shroff etc”.

Soni mentions that he has studied the life of Buddha and practiced it to be perfect on TV screens and do justice to the character. “I had a fear of portraying all the nine emotions when I was doing Buddha and it’s a challenge for me as an actor. No one has done it before but I did it, and hopefully correctly”, he quipped.

While mythology or history may not be a young actor’s early choice, sharing his thoughts on picking Buddha instead of other youth-focused shows, Soni said, “Yes, playing such roles require responsibilities, but post doing Buddha I started living in my present rather thinking about my future. That was an historical show, and Shivaye’s character is Neeli Chhatri Wale is less of mythology and more of a reality of life. I am enjoying the role and I feel its destiny that has made me be a part of these shows and play such characters.”

Heading to a flashback of how he landed up in television, he shared, “When I was 14-15 year old, I joined my elder brother when he was doing Jodha Akbar (the film) along with Ashutosh Gowariker. That time, the team members of the films saw me and said that I can be a part of media industry. My brother had done theatre then and even I did my workshop from NSD, which was 1 month free residential workshop. And post my M.com I left my hometown to be a part of this industry, where I finally believe, I made it!”

Soni left his hometown Jaipur and travelled to Mumbai to pursue acting. With the idea of studying further, he left for Mumbai for a set time frame of a week, but returned only after a year. And there was no looking back for the actor, especially after bagging roles in Buddha and now Neeli Chatri Wale.

Concluding the conversation, Soni mentioned that he has been receiving feature film offers, he hasn’t signed any as he is on the lookout for interesting stories with relatable characters”. [By Ranjana Gupta| Twitter: @RGrightsreserve]


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