Good looking TV actor, Himmanshoo A. Malhotra, who had taken a film sabbatical, is back to the small screen, with STAR Plus show, Mariam Khan Reporting Live. “I play an interesting nirmohi (detached) character, which is loosely based on Ranbir Kapoor’s character in the film, Rockstar. As this is something I have never done before, I immediately said yes. He is someone who is mature, responsible and yes, sad, having gone through a lot in life.”
Himmanshoo, who has also won Nach Baliye 7 with wife Amruta Khanvilkar, is also impressed with the concept of Mariam Khan. “Although I have just started shooting, I have already developed a cool rapport with both the leads, Param Singh and Mahima Makwana.”
Himmanshoo is quite happy with his 12-year long career growth (Hum Tum, Bindass Champ, Seven, Shubh Kadam, Aap Ki Antara, and Bhagonwali- Baante Apni Taqdeer.) “It feels nice to have worked with most channels. Every actor has high and low points. But I have always pushed myself to finding juicy roles, which I have always got.”
Asked about the current level of content, he says, “Mytho rules the roost for now, which is great, for not only are makers using advanced technology for visual richness, but there is so much to learn as a society from our evergreen epics. I am also open to doing similar shows.”
Looking ahead, he would also be game for web series, and he has no qualms about sex and abuse. “You have an option not to watch. Personally, I don’t like what you mentioned, and would rather binge on content like Home and Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain.”
Himmanshoo, who had done a cameo in the flop film, Wajah Tum Ho, is now waiting for the release of his upcoming Rajshri film. He refused to comment on whether it is a lead character or not. “It is better that the producers make the relevant announcements. All I will say is that it is within the Rajshri family movies zone, so watch out for Soorajji’s (Sooraj Barjatya) magic again.”
Apart from acting, he had also turned associate producer for the film, Gali Guleiyan, which sank without a trace. Learning from other actors who burnt their fingers when they left TV completely, Himmanshoo will keep dabbling across TV, films or web. “For an artist, growth is important, medium is secondary.”
Best of luck, Himmanshoo!!