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The Punjabi way

brunch Updated: Jun 14, 2013 09:37 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times
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Here’s a youngster who has been a ‘Roadie’ and played Lord Krishna for the small screen. Dimpled boy Vishal Karwal, when in city on Thursday, says it’s “so much fun” playing so many different characters.

His association with Chandigarh, however, goes way back to college days. “Living in the city for seven years, graduating from DAV College, Sector 10, and doing post graduation from UIET, Panjab University, I obviously had an inclination towards Punjabi culture. I’d definitely want to be a part of the growing Punjabi film industry,” says Vishal.

Here to shoot for Big Fame Star (Spark Punjabi), for which he plays the host, Vishal says he’d be travelling to the whole of Punjab in the coming months for the shoot of his upcoming Punjabi film, Ishq Kamla. He shares screen space with Punjabi singer Lakhwinder Wadali in the movie. About his varied roles, he says, “After being a roadie, I played the character of Lord Krishna for Dwarkadheesh: Bhagwaan Shree Krishn, became a part of Nautanki—The Comedy Theatre (on Colours) and am now playing the character of a villager for the movie.”

Vishal started his journey in 2007 with MTV Roadies 4 and emerged the winner of MTV Splitisvilla (2008). He, however, believes he’s had enough of the small screen. “I won’t deny that TV made me who I am today, but at the same time, TV binds you to one role for a long time. As an actor, I wanted to grow and experiment with roles. After five years of hard work, I finally got my first big break, that too under the Bhatt camp. I would be essaying the protagonist’s role in Vikram Bhatt’s film, 1920 London. My co-star is Meera Chopra (Priyanka Chopra’s cousin),” he shares.

Though smitten by acting, Vishal seems to have a pragmatic approach towards life, as he says, “I can’t bank on acting alone to support me when I’m old. Being an alumnus of DPS Dalhousie, I’ve always dreamt of investing in a unique boarding school in Palampur [my birth place], Himachal Pradesh.”