Saahil: My new character is a dream role for me
TALENTED actor Saahil Uppal has made a strong impact in a short space of time and delivered winning performances in popular Indian drama serials.
The dashing smallscreen star has continued that impressive rise with his latest project Pinjara Khubsurti Ka, which premiered on Colors TV during the pandemic and has had viewers hooked.
Eastern Eye caught up with Saahil Uppal to find out more about him and his latest drama serial.
What first connected you to acting?
The one thing that drew me to this profession was the way in which we can explore life and emotions. It is challenging yet exciting. No other profession gives you this opportunity.
Which of the characters you have played has given you the greatest joy?
All my characters have given me joy, but Omkar, who I’m currently playing, has been the most challenging, because I get to discover something new about him every day. The character has both negative and positive traits. So portraying Omkar is adventurous.
What has the experience of portraying Omkar in Pinjara Khubsurti Ka been like?
It’s been great so far. I ticked one of my dream roles through this show. The concept of this serial is very different from other shows and I’m glad that I got to be a part of it.
What do you most like about your Pinjara Khubsurti Ka character?
The layers and complexities that he has. He is a flawed, yet loving guy. He is manipulative yet takes accountability for his wrong-doings and strives to improve. Omkar owns a lot of unusual traits and challenges me every day as an actor.
What has it been like working during a pandemic?
It involves a lot of emotions. My work keeps me distracted and occupied, but I feel blessed that even in a pandemic I am working. But my heart still goes out to those who have been struggling and combating this Covid pandemic face to face. I hope it ends forever now.
What do you enjoy watching as an audience?
I enjoy watching movies. I am a big movie buff. I have recently started watching world cinema and enjoy that as well.
Do you have a dream role?
I have a lot of dream roles, including a gangster/mafia character, a superhero or comedy role.
What would you say inspires you as an actor?
The opportunity of creating various characters and telling their stories. The chance to get under the skin of an unfamiliar human being and tell a story from a different perspective.
Who is your acting hero?
Shah Rukh Khan and Robert De Niro are the masters of the craft.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
People assume that I am an outgoing socially active person, but I would like to put those rumours to rest. (Laughs) I am lazy to the core and very socially awkward. I like to stay at home and sleep the whole day.
What is the best advice you have ever got?
To be true to yourself.
Finally, why do you love being an actor?
Because it resonates in every part of my being. It’s my passion and something that connects personally to me. Also, the love I get from my viewers is a different kind of high, and an added reason why I love my profession.