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Parmanu actor Darshan Pandya waited for 10 years for a film, says he doesn’t have any relatives in Bollywood

Actor Darshan Pandya reveals that though he studied engineering, his first job was that of a salesman, who gradually progressed to doing stage shows.

bollywood Updated: Jul 01, 2018 13:12 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
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Actor Darshan Pandya played a spy in the film Parmanu: the Story of Pokhran.

Actor Darshan Pandya is finally happy that he has got his big screen debut in the form of Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran where he played the role of a Pakistani spy, who is out to thwart the plans of India to conduct it’s second nuclear tests, which took place in Pokhran.

“It has took me 10 years to get a film, [since] I don’t have any relatives in Bollywood. I wanted to do a film from the first day [when I decided to become an actor], but it didn’t happen. It took me television and stage shows to get Parmanu,” he says, adding it isn’t as if there were absolutely no film offers altogether. Darshan has also been a part of shows such as Aapki Antra and Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar.

Read more: John Abraham: The release of Parmanu was like the Pokhran nuclear test

“Chhote roles toh aate rehte the, lekin har cheez materialize nahi hoti hai (I was often offered small parts but not everything that comes you way gets materialise). There would be some reasons every time for things to not happen,” says the actor, adding that he was offered Qaidi Band, which he couldn’t do.

“There was a good role, but I couldn’t do it, though I don’t regret that. I would regret earlier ‘yeh nahi hua, yeh character nahi mila’ and that was there because I used to plan a lot, that I would do this and that. I soon realised that nothing happens according to how you plan it. I understood that I should not waste my time in planning, and go with the flow. I stopped regretting,” adds Darshan, who studied engineering, and gradually drifted towards acting.

However, his first job is bound to surprise you. “Though I am an engineer, I did the job of a salesman, doing theatre side-by-side. I did the job for one and a half year, then left it to do plays, and that’s how my professional career began,” he shares.

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First Published: Jul 01, 2018 13:12 IST