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Krishna made me a calmer individual: Swwapnil

Actor Swwapnil Joshi, who played one of television’s most loved Krishnas opens up about the impact of Lord Krishna and his role on his career

regional movies Updated: Aug 14, 2017 21:41 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Swwapnil Joshi,Marathi,Bhikari
Actor Swwapnil Joshi on fatherhood, Janmasthami and more (HTPHOTO)

Swwapnil Joshi made his television debut at the age of nine in Luv Kush. He admits to have been oblivious to the craze and magnitude of his role at that time. “At nine, my biggest high was to be able to bunk school and go for shooting, and my parents had approved of it. Then at 16, I was selected to play Lord Krishna in the mythological TV show Shri Krishna. That role made me famous. It showed me the power of being a celebrity,” says Swwapnil, who has had people waiting for six hours to take his autograph, and travel 200 km to meet him and touch his feet.

The actor, however, believes that he was just a medium between the Lord and people. “I never once believed that they are here for me. I was just a visual medium for their deity. At 16, Krishna made me a saner and calmer individual. I had realised that I was working for a higher power and not myself. My Aai (mother) used to take me to a Krishna temple before the shoot. She would say, ‘Request him to let you perform his role in the best way possible’.”

The lessons and teachings, that he gained from playing Krishna at that young age helped Swwapnil instill a different outlook in his life. “Ramanand Sagar (director) would tell me, ‘Beta remember, at an age where elders instill values in young minds, at that age you are imparting those values to the entire country’. All of this has stayed with me and has helped me become who I am today.”

The Bhikari (2017) actor will be taking his 15-month-old daughter Myra to witness Janmashtami celebrations this year to his friend’s place in Mumbai. “She is starting to understand things, and I would like her to feel, experience and understand the spirit behind the celebration and festivity of Janmashtami.”

Swwapnil is thankful to the higher power for the success of his latest film and is glad he got out of his comfort zone. “Bhikari was an ambitious and challenging project. I am glad I got out of my comfort zone. I am looking forward to another challenging role in Waaris, where I will be working with Sachin Pilgaonkar.”

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 21:38 IST