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It’s been six years since Aryeman Bhatia has been a part of the entertainment industry in Mumbai, and despite bagging roles in two TV soaps and an award nomination in this short span, the youngster doesn’t consider his journey to be a cakewalk.

brunch Updated: Jun 29, 2013 10:13 IST
Usmeet Kaur

It’s been six years since Aryeman Bhatia has been a part of the entertainment industry in Mumbai, and despite bagging roles in two TV soaps and an award nomination in this short span, the youngster doesn’t consider his journey to be a cakewalk.


Shares the 25-year-old, who was in the city recently, “Mumbai is a city on the fast lane, which helps an actor grow in every aspect. Of course, glamour and fame pulled me to the place, but the passion to act holds me back.”

Aryeman made his debut with the TV show Yeh Ishq Haaye, aired on Colours, for which he was nominated in the category of best actor in supporting role in 2011’s New Talent Awards. He currently plays the lead in Sahara One’s show, Ghar Aaja Pardesi.

Talking about his initiation in the field of acting, Aryeman says, “At the age of 17, I won the Mr Central India contest held in Indore. After that, I appeared in numerous TV commercials including Toyota’s and in print ads for ICICI Bank, Pantaloons and IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. I have also been a part of many fashion shows such as the Pune International Fashion Week 2011, where I walked the ramp for designer Aslam Khan.”

Aryeman belongs to a Punjabi family and has now set his eyes on the Punjabi film industry. “My family recently shifted to Zirakpur and I would like to spend more time with them. I have not yet approached any Bollywood filmmaker to seek work since I want to start my film career with Pollywood,” he claims. The young actor says he has observed that many youngsters in Mumbai are eager to enter Pollywood. “This is because the Punjabi film industry offers good scope for work.

For me, speaking in Punjabi won’t be a problem as my mother speaks fluent Punjabi and I have grown up listening to her,” he adds. Whilst in Chandigarh, Aryeman even met filmmakers in the hope of clinching a deal. “Hopefully, I shall be a part of the region’s cinema soon,” he says.

Meanwhile, Aryeman says there is a dearth of real talent in the TV industry.

“Acting doesn’t come naturally; one has to keep updating oneself with the right techniques from acting workshops and classes. It is ironic that many actors playing important roles in the world of TV know very little about acting,” he comments without taking names. As for himself, Aryeman acknowledges he has a long way to go. “I am not very famous but I am working hard on improving myself as an actor. But, what keeps me going is that when I walk on the streets of Mumbai there are people who recognise me,” he smiles.