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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

I miss Delhi a lot: Shaleen Malhotra

Aditi Pant, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 23, 2012
First Published: 19:15 IST(23/8/2012) | Last Updated: 00:54 IST(24/8/2012)

Delhi boy and ex-Roadie Shaleen Malhotra says the transition to acting has been easy but the location shift from the Capital to Mumbai has been tough for him. “I miss Delhi a lot. I miss my mom’s food, my family, friends, the places we hung out at. Delhi is home. So, whenever I get a two-day break, I visit my home town,” says Malhotra, who plays the title role in the new detective-fiction show on Star Plus titled, Arjun.

Talking about the show, Malhotra says, “My character Arjun is a special officer with ETF (Emergency Task Force). His sole purpose is to find his wife’s murderer.In fact, he joins ETF in the hope of catching the killer.”

Before taking the plunge as an actor, Malhotra participated in the fourth season of youth reality show, Roadies. “I am an avid biker and felt it was the right show for me. I was only 18 then.”

Post the show, Malhotra hosted some seasons of Roadies before the acting bug bit him. His association with Roadies still remains, thanks to his friendship with ex-Roadies and now actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Rannvijay Singh. “Ayushmann is like my elder brother. He and Rannvijay both advise me to keep working hard.” After debuting in an action role, will he be open to working in other genres? Malhotra says, “I am a soft-hearted person. So, I feel I can do romantic and emotional roles.”

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