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On home turf, TV actor Param Singh gorges on Lucknow food!

Helen of Troy was my first play where I played the part of Helen, says the actor

tv Updated: Jun 09, 2017 19:03 IST
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Actor Param Singh during his visit to Lucknow.
Actor Param Singh during his visit to Lucknow.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

Actor Param Singh’s recent visit to Lucknow was like a homecoming. Born in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, the actor, known for his roles in TV shows ‘Rangeela’ and ‘ was back in his state after 10 years. “My parents belong to Kanpur (Lajpat Nagar) so it’s a great feeling coming to the twin city where I used to spend my vacations. Hazratganj and Aminabad were my favourite hotspots. Even producers of my show, Saurabh Tewari and Rahil Qazi (also a writer), are from Lucknow,” he tells HT City.

Few months after Param’s birth, his parents shifted to Mumbai where he was brought up. “The first thing after the promotion was visiting Old City to catch up with Ramzan festivities. I gorged on galavati kebabs which were sumptuous. I tried kulcha-nehari but they were no match to the kebabs. Kulfi was also mind blowing but the icing on the cake was melt-in-mouth paan-gilouri. I never had something like this before. Now, I will have to compensate for my binging by being on fruits and liquid diet,” he says.

Param’s first encounter with acting came when he was in Class 7. “Helen of Troy was my first play where I played the part of Helen. I was a cute looking boy and used to wear a turban then so my teacher opened my hair, put some lipstick and all that make-up. I got applause for the role and enjoyed doing it. Thereafter, I started participating in plays,” he tells.

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He did his entire schooling from Mumbai and masters in finance from London. “On returning, I joined Barry John Acting School and started doing modelling and commercials. I was recommended for Sadda Haq where I played the lead role of Randhir Singh Shekhawat for over 800 episodes,” he tells.

Soon after the show he bagged lead role in Ghulaam where he plays the Rangeela. “The show has completed 100 episodes and my character has transformed from a tamed lion (ghulaam) to an independent individual. He is an anti-hero — he does what he feels right and does not care about laws and its consequences,” he says.

On comparison between the character Rangeela and real-life Param, he says like his reel-life character he also stands for what’s wrong but will never take law in his own hand. “The biggest similarity is that both love their mother,” he says proudly.

The actor learnt Haryanvi and worked on his diction to play Rangeela. He learnt action, horse-riding and even how to drive a bulldozer and a truck, he adds.