‘My capabilities got me work wherever I went’

By rocking in the Bollywood Cinema with his character roles, the son of the soil Swantantra Bharat hailing from Trikuta Nagar area of the Jammu is also giving commendable performances and keeping his fans spell bound in the Pollywood Movies too.
With a main character ‘Don’, Swantantra’s Pollywood Movie ‘Jind Jaan’ hit the screen on the June 14 (Friday), 2019.
A very calm and coop personality, Bharat was born on April 11, 1976 to the couple Late Shivanand and Sudarshana. He did his schooling from RRL Model Academy and SRML Higher Secondary School and later moved to New Delhi in 1994 to pursue Fashion Designing course. Bharat is seen in many Bollywood films like Welcome, Welcome Back, Singh is King, Rowdy Rathore, Singh is Bling, Jannat, Boss, De Dhana Dhan, etc.
Daily Excelsior Correspondent Ajay Raina caught up with this Bollywood star in a coffee shop at Trikuta Nagar who revealed the course of his journey from Jammu to Silver Screen in Mumbai and now to Pollywood.
Some excerpts:
How can you describe your experience of working in Punjabi movies.
It was wonderful to work in Punjabi Movies. The richness of food and warmth of people reminds me of my own place Jammu. Punjabi film industry is expanding in a very big way, with good script writers and versatile actors.
From where did you start your career?
I started my career in Fashion Designing from Italian Export House in the year 1997, where I worked for five years. As I caught jaundice I came back to my home in Jammu.
After recovering from the disease, what did you do as there was no scope for Fashion Designing in Jammu at that time?.
As I recovered from the disease, I joined “Samooh Theatre” in Jammu and did stage plays, which were highly appreciated by the audience. At that time I had no plans to move to Mumbai.
We have heard that you went to Pune and then to Mumbai in 2004. Was it as casual visit or your inner conscience asked you to try luck in Bollywood?
Yes I visited Mumbai in 2004 to try my luck in Bollywood. When I was in a bus from Pune to Mumbai to try my luck in the star studded world of Bollywood, I decided to give myself six months to this line. I still remember my first day when I reached Chembur in Mumbai with no idea where to go and where to stay as Mumbai was a new city for me. I had no acquaintance in Mumbai so I stayed in a Gurdwara at Chembur. As Mumbai was new to me and I had no approach for work, I asked someone in Chembur to guide me to a production house to work in films. The stranger guided me to go to Worli for work, but when I reached Worli, I came to know that industry used to be here long before and was shifted to Andheri side. Later, I took a bus and reached Andheri.
Was the arrival in Andheri fruitful as you were unaware about the industry?
With God’s blessings it was the 7th day in Mumbai, when I started working and got a role in ‘Dhaba Junction’ on Sab TV in 2004 with Late Jaspal Bhatee and Upasana Singh.
No family will allow their child to live in shanty conditions as you lived in your early days in Mumbai. Was your family aware about it?
My father during that time was in Mumbai and he wanted to meet me. I was reluctant as I was living in shabby conditions during my struggle days. Papa came to me and asked me to come back home as he could not see me in such nasty living. But as I had decided to give six months to this line, so I refused and continued my struggle.
As Mumbai is very expensive and it is said that the industry doesn’t pay hefty amount to new ones. How did you continue with your struggle?
Yes Mumbai is very expensive, but I didn’t struggle much for work as I was honest and capable. My capabilities got me work wherever I went. Mumabi gave me fame and soon I enjoyed the feel of being recognized by people on the road. Career graph started from here after I started regular work. I did a lot of episodes in different characters in Chacha Choudhary Serial on Sahara TV. I was lucky enough that it didn’t take me long to enter movies.
From which movie, did you make debut in film industry line?
My first small break was in “Rang De Basanti” with Bollywood star Aamir Khan. I played a small role in “Rang De Basanti”, but it gave shape to my career and after this I got good character roles in the films.
In how many movies have you worked till date.? Have you worked elsewhere apart from films?
I am really blessed to work in many big and hit films. Some of the movies , which I remember are Johny Gaddar, Welcome, Singh is Kind, No Problem, De Dhana Dhan, Yuvraj, Boss, Khiladi 786, Rowdy Rathore, Rambo Raj Kumar, Welcome Back, Singh is Bling, Joker, etc. Apart from Hindi films, I did Punjabi films “Paaji in Problem” which was produced by my friend “Akshay Kumar”. My recent Punjabi movie which was released was ‘Yaara Ve’ in April this year. Few years back I was approached for TV serial with main lead roles on “Life Ok” channel “Kaisa Ye Ishq hai”. TV serial gave me the character of Choudhary Baldev Singh, which became popular and this Haryanvi character was appreciated by public especially Haryana residents.
Something about future plans
Lots of projects are in the pipeline. There are many characters which are coming in Hindi and Punjabi movies in near future. My audience will see me in different characters and hope they love them also. “A man without ambition is like a bird without wings”. My ambitions are yet to be accomplished. I am blessed with many challenging character roles in Hindi films, with good actors but the role that I wish to see myself is yet to come. I think everyday is a new day for me and will try my level best to accomplish my goals.
As youth in Jammu are also trying their future in movies and TV serials, any message for them?
Acting is a thing you can judge yourself with your performance. After every performance in a film or a serial you feel the scope for improvement in yourself. Try to give your 100 percent as this will repay you.
You are now having a good fan fall. Would you like to say something to them?
Till now I got lot of love from my fans and I will always try my level best to keep up to their expectations.