Shashank Vyas got a dream debut in television with a lead role in the popular show, Balika Vadhu. With his boy-next-door looks, it didn’t take long for the audience to connect with Jagya, a character he has been playing with much finesse. Three years down the line, the actor says that he is still unaffected by his popularity and would rather have his work speak for itself. In this candid interview, he chats about his busy life and his equation with his co-actors.
Jagya has four women- Anandi, Gauri, Saanchi and Ganga, falling for him. But in real life, your name hasn’t been linked with any girl yet.
I’m a workaholic, so even if some girl liked me, she’d run away. Moreover, girls want guys who are macho, which I’m not. I’m a regular guy and my character Jagya, too, is like that, which is probably why I don’t have any link-ups. I’m happy being single. I don’t even want a relationship right now as I have too much work on my plate.
Recently, there were rumours that you’ve become arrogant and throw tantrums on the sets.
If being a professional earns me the tag of being arrogant, then so be it. When I’m working, I ask the media to wait for interviews; the same goes for my fans. I meet and talk to everyone. People need to understand that I can’t neglect my work.
After three years in BV, how has life changed for you?
Today, I can say that I can act. BV is like a school for me as I am working with senior and talented actors. I don’t believe in stardom; I don’t understand that word. I am not here for that. I believe in giving the show my best and leave the rest to the audience.
How did you feel when Sidharth Shukla’s character Shiv took centre stage?
I have confidence in myself and I don’t think about who is doing what on the show. That way, I am selfish as I concentrate on improving myself. If I keep worrying about who is getting the limelight, then I won’t have time to focus on my career.
What do you think of Pratyusha Bannerji doing Bigg Boss after quitting BV?
We are good friends as we started our career together. On Friday night, (August 9), I was with her till 2 am, bringing in her birthday. It’s her choice (being part of Bigg Boss) and if she wants it, then my good wishes are with her. We will remain friends regardless of what work she does.
You seemed to have bonded well with Sriti Jha (who plays Ganga in BV).
Sriti is a good human being, so you don’t have to put much effort to create chemistry. She is fun to work with and I like people with good energy. She’s senior to me and I get to learn a lot from her.
A question you are sick of answering.
People often ask me ‘What else are you doing besides BV.’ Another one that surprises me is, ‘How long will BV go on for?’
What is the best and worst part of your job?
The best part is that you get to do what you love. The worst part is that you don’t have time to enjoy life or have a personal life.
The worst scene you have done so far?
Once, I had to lie down in a garbage dump for a scene in which Jagya has been thrown out of a club and beaten badly. My spot boy even asked me, ‘How can you do this?’ But acting is acting, so I did it.
An actor you feel is very successful currently?
Mohit Raina; he’s performed the role of Mahadev brilliantly. When I think of Lord Shiva, I picture his face; he has created that kind of impact.
What themes would you like TV programmes to cover?
I hope topics like corruption and inflation are discussed on TV. I would also love it if Indian shows followed the pattern of seasons.