When the cricket World Cup started last month, little did anyone know that a Delhi boy would become famous not for his cricketing skills, but his acting skills.
Meet Vishal Malhotra, who is now famous for playing the Pakistani supporter in an ad that shows him hoping for “his country” to beat India in the World Cup so that he can finally burst the crackers he’s had since 1992. The ad campaign, #Mauka, has been a hit across social media platforms.
The Delhi-based actor, who started his ad-film career alongside Shah Rukh Khan in a vest ad, cannot believe that he has become this famous. “No, I never thought it would be this big. I wasn’t aware of the second ad. They called me after the first one had gone viral,” says Vishal, adding, “And now, everywhere I go, people want to shake hands and click selfies with me. They see me, and shout, ‘Arre yeh toh woh mauka mauka wala hai’. One day, when we were shooting in Mumbai, I posed for almost 80 selfies in one day! That’s whenI realised I am famous.”
A self-confessed fan of actors Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, Vishal hopes to work in Bollywood one day.