It’s been three-and-half years that Ashish Chowdhry was last seen on screen. The reason? “I was busy setting up my business. My father’s business crashed and my family suffered a big setback during the 26/11 attacks — I lost my sister and brother-in-law. My wife was eight-months pregnant at the time; it wasn’t easy. So, I have three children now (two of my sister’s and one mine), and a lot of duties to fulfill,” says Ashish, during his visit to Chandigarh on Monday to promote his upcoming show, Ek Muthi Aasman, which would be aired on Zee TV later this month.
“Acting is just the butter for me, not the bread. So, I had to come up with Plan B. Today, I have my own security firm and have also invested in an advertising agency.
Since I’m surrounded with good people, I’m fortunate enough to get acting opportunities too,” he adds.
After being a part of multi-starrer comedy films such as Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal, Ashish chose to return via television, playing the character of Vikramaditya Scindia, a 30-year-old suave advertising agency head. “I don’t believe in living under pretense; I know I cannot be a Shah Rukh Khan now, as it is too late, neither can I get solo lead roles like Aamir Khan. So, I have to be my own person, doing roles that suit me. I am just glad I am not playing your typical saas-bahu character,” says he.
Should we look forward to another Dhamaal then? “We have the film, Total Dhamaal, absolutely ready, but we’re waiting for Sanjay Dutt to return. The next film I am going to start shooting for is the remake of Satte Pe Satta.”
Any plans of joining the Punjabi film industry? “I have received many offers from Pollywood, but I don’t know the language properly. All my friends, Jimmy Shergill, Rannvijay, speak to me in Punjabi; so, I understand it well, but cannot deliver dialogues with the same fluency.”