It is the passion to make it big that forces a Delhi boy to leave his home in the bylanes of Pitampura and head to Mumbai. While this has been the premise for several Bollywood films, it also happens to be PR professional-turned-TV actor Harshad Arora’s real-life story. In a candid chat, the 24-year-old, who portrays the character of Zain Abdullah on a television show, talks about how his life has completely changed in the last few months.
How does it feel to be famous?
It’s good and difficult. If you are famous, your privacy is completely gone and the schedules are so hectic in daily soaps that there’s very little time for yourself. I haven’t gone home (Delhi) in ages. In fact, in the past six months, I have had only two days off. But then, it feels good when people recognise me on the streets and I get mobbed.
Do your parents watch your show?
Oh yes, and they even text me immediately to let me know if they like any of my shots on a particular day.
The last we heard, you were ­single. What’s the status now?
(Laughs) The status is still the same. I don’t have time to watch my own episodes, so where’s the time for love?
In your show, you had an ­arranged marriage. Do you ­believe in it in real life as well?
I’m not sure if I’d settle for an arranged marriage. However, I do believe that ite is all about finding the right person, so one might even end up finding the perfect match through an arranged marriage.
Considering your popularity, are you already getting marriage proposals?
I’ve heard from my close friends that my mom has been getting a lot of rishtas (proposals) for me, though she hasn’t said anything as yet. On Twitter, girls often post, ‘Please marry me’. It actually gets quite awkward sometimes.
Are you a romantic?
Well, that depends on who I have to romance.
What’s your biggest fear?
I don’t fear anything. If you have to die, you have to die. There’s no point of leading your life in fear.