Last seen in a leading role in Colors TV’s Laado: Veerpur Ki Mardani, the trailblazing TV actor Shaleen Malhotra in Sudhir and Seema Sharma’s Ziddi Dil Maane Na.
In a recent tete a tete candid conversation, making his comeback on TV screens, TV actor Shaleen Malhotra in Sudhir and Seema Sharma’s Ziddi Dil Maane Na.
For fans and audiences who had been eagerly waiting to see him on the screens, TV actor Shaleen Malhotra in Sudhir and Seema Sharma’s Ziddi Dil Maane Na.
In his 15 yeas old illustrious journey in indian television, he has played varied characters and has received wide acclaim for his performances in Arjun, Encounter, Ishqbaaaz, Adaalat, Yeh Hai Aashiqui, Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai, Laado: Veerpur Ki Mardani, among others.
An actor should always be hungry for good work and should not reach a level of contentment, states Shaleen, who has come a long way from being a contestant to a VJ and to acting in TV shows, purely on the basis of his hard work and talent and on this he added, “The day you think you have got your due is when your downfall begins”.
Given his vast experience in the entertainment industry, Shaleen Malhotra observes better roles are written for actors today and opening up on this, he shares, “There has been a paradigm shift in the way a hero is projected today. People are looking beyond the quintessential looks, which was a prerequisite for becoming a hero earlier. Actors with unconventional looks and personalities are also given a chance to spearhead a show. Having said that, I feel I will get my due in a much bigger way”.
The key to sustain in the industry, Shaleen says, is to stay patient and wait for the right opportunity and on this point, he stated, “Over a period of time, you realise that your nervous energies and overenthusiasm don’t always make things fall into place. You need to be patient. Patience is the biggest weapon in an actor’s arsenal. If you think you deserve it and are meant for it, then wait for it and keep improving your skills. Today, I am more at ease with myself because I know that it will happen. But the anxious kid, who always wanted things to happen overnight, is alive and kicking in me”.
Professionally Shaleen may have grown by leaps and bounds but personally, he is emotionally perturbed. He recalls how the deadly coronavirus pandemic has cost him dearly and spilling about this, he adds, “I was already going through a low phase, both financially and professionally, when I lost the biggest support and most important person in my life – my mother. That was a jolt because she was hale and hearty. I haven’t coped well with it. In fact, I had to seek help to deal with the loss”.
Set against the backdrop of SAF (Special Action Force), the show revolves around a young team of trained and civilian volunteers who find love while fulfilling their aspirations at the camp.
On a lighter note, the actor says, he seems to be growing younger in the television industry with such youth-based shows and on this he shares,”This show will appeal to the youth. Many people have been wanting to see me play certain characters and this is one of them”, says Shaleen, who plays the role of a special agent named Karan Shergill in the serial. The show will air on SAB TV soon.