Falling in love with the wonder of cinema as a child first connected Shivin Narang to the dream of becoming an actor. Then starring in drama serials on television helped that passion for performing grow and a desire to do diverse work led the talented actor to take on challenging projects. His new projects are Beyhadh 2 and Khatron Ke Khiladi 10.
Eastern Eye caught up with Shivin Narang to discuss all things television.
How would you describe your time on television?
It has been eight years since I started with my first show Suvreen Guggal, which was huge. I never expected my journey to be so eventful. I’ve met and worked with so many wonderful people, who have helped me reach where I am today. I am still learning and updating myself. I want to explore different areas of acting.
How did you feel being on television for the first time?
There was a different kind of anxiety, pressure and happiness. I wanted to give it my best. I’ve been trying my best since then and doing what makes me happy, and creating wonderful memories.
What has been the favourite project you have worked on?
I can’t choose just one because for me every project is special, whether it’s my first or second show or when I worked in an international show in Indonesia, and now Khatron Ke Khiladi and Beyhadh 2. Every project, whether a serial or advertisement has been special. I have put in an equal amount of energy and effort for each. It has been more about the great memories created while doing them.
Tell us about the current shows?
I recently shot for Khatron Ke Khiladi, which will come in January maybe. Currently, I am shooting for Beyhadh 2, which is also a big brand, and I have just been trying to get into the feel of the character. Both projects are going to be big and amazing.
Who’s your acting hero?
There are three actors who have really inspired me. In Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. In Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio! They are my favourites and I don’t miss any of their movies.
What do you enjoy watching on TV?
Recently, I have not followed much because I have been busy for three-four months filming. There are a lot of great shows, so first of all, I will start watching Beyhadh 2.
Who is your TV hero?
My TV hero from what I remember is Shaktiman. Honestly, even now I binge-watch old Shaktiman episodes.
What inspires you?
Playing different roles, because in real life we play the same role daily, including as a brother or son, but when I do a project or get an opportunity to play something different or something I have dreamed of it is inspiring.
Why do you love being an actor?
I love not being me sometimes and breaking my patterns. I also love being an actor because it enables me to travel, meet interesting people and learn new things.