SHANTANU MAHESHWARI speaks with MUSKAN BAKSHI about his journey thus far
What is Medically Yours about?
It is a web-series based on a group of students studying medicine. There is a perception that they are fine but they have problems. The show also highlights the relationship between students and teachers. We have tried to keep it as real as possible.
What is your character.
I play Abir Basu who is fun loving and cheerful. He loves music as well. But he is from a medical family and believes in solving problems.
What made you step into the digital space?
I used to do youth-centric shows. But nobody makes these shows any more. Therefore, I decided to step into the digital space. I am happy to be a part of the digital space because it is giving me the space to play characters that I love. I can relate to youth content. There is more to explore in this space.
You are a dancer. What does it mean to you?
I am very passionate about it. Though, I started my career as an actor with Dil Dosti Dance, the reason I signed the show was because my character — Swayam Shekhawat —was an avid dancer. Dancing is my first love.
What inspires you?
Many things — people I have met and those I see on the streets. I try to learn from them.
How was your experience being a part of Khatron Ke Khiladi 8?
It was wonderful. It was different from any show that I have done in the past. I realised that mental strength and stability is the key. If your will power is strong then you can do anything. You have to stop restraining yourself from doing things because you are scared. nWhat made you say yes?
I was a fan of Fear Factor since childhood. I have always acted and danced. This transition was much needed. I always wanted to be a part of the show. Fortunately, I got to do it. There was no reason I would say ‘no’ to it. I was excited to go on an adventurous journey and explore more. Moreover, I got a chance to go alone abroad which otherwise I wouldn’t have. (laughs)
Was there a moment when you felt out of place?
No. The environment was good and all the contestants were supportive. I bonded well with them. They always motivated me. I loved doing all the tasks and stunts. I had a great time.
How has your journey been thus far?
I have learnt a lot. I have grown up — both mentally and physically. I have got to do a lot of varied characters. This is the best part of my journey. I have evolved as an actor.