I am coming to Delhi after a long time: Himanshu Soni
Himanshu Soni, who will soon be seen on-screen playing the role of 'Buddha' on a TV show by the same name, was in Delhi recently. He told us about his journey from Jaipur to Mumbai. Excerpts from the chat:I read a lot of books for this character
Everybody comes to Mumbai to become an actor. I auditioned for this role in December last year and then I got a call telling me that I have been shortlisted. I was informed that I would be called for a look test. There was a gap of two months in between so I started researching on the character - by reading books, meditation, etc. I thought that I should be fully prepared from my end. There was a look test and then another look test followed. It was in April that I was told that there is another actor who is in contention for the role along with me. Another audition followed after which I was finalized and then the shooting began.
I learnt sword fighting
For the role, I trained in sword and stick fighting. Maine Vipassana kiya.
Since I used to play polo in Jaipur, I knew horse-riding. Par teen-chaar saal se ghode nahi chalaye thay. Shooting ke ghode alag hote hain, Argentinian ghode hote hain. Yahaan uski bhi training leni padi.I came to Mumbai in 2011
Acting ka shauk 4-5 saal se tha.
I also attended NSD workshops and even acted a play Andha Yug in Ajmer. At that time, I was pursuing MCom from Rajasthan University. I came to Mumbai on May 13, 2011. My parents were quite supportive. I am here because they are quite happy. In the two years, I have lived in Mumbai, I have my share of struggles. Mumbai ko main jaanta nahi tha. Jis jagah ko jaante nahi hain us jagah ko jaanney mein hi chheh-saat mahine lag jaate hain. Abhi tak main Churchgate nahi jaanta hoon.
I have travelled in local trains and buses, even walked long distances. Before this show, I have worked in 'Ramayan' where I played Lord Vishnu's character. I also worked in 'Yeh Zindagi Hai Gulshan' on DD and I had done a cameo role in 'Parvarrish'. But 'Buddha' is my biggest role ever.It's after a long time that I am coming to Delhi
I am coming to Delhi after a long time. Pehle toh aana-jaana laga rehta tha.
However, it feels nice to be back here. I was a little nervous since this is a big show for me. But now, the feeling is sinking in. Since I am from Jaipur, I would come to Delhi for my father's business. I have friends
here. But those trips used to be short. Morning mein aata tha aur shaam ko nikal jaata tha. Shahar ko thoda bahut hi explore kiya hai.I miss Jaipur Jaipur ka toh chappa chappa hamaari nazron mein rehta hai.
Whenever I am alone and worried in Mumbai, my thoughts wander to Jaipur and I start thinking, 'At this time, I would have been with my friends in Jaipur'. I miss my family and friends a lot.My cousin is a line producer
My dad Rajkumar Soni is an artist, but I can't paint. He has an export-import business but I never had any interest in family business. I wanted to do something creative and found my calling in acting. After completing my Class XII, I worked with my cousin who was working as a line producer. He would help people in shooting their films. Maine is an artist, but I can't paint. He has an export-import business but I never had any interest in family business. I wanted to do something creative and found my calling in acting. After completing my Class XII, I worked with my cousin who was working as a line producer. He would help people in shooting their films.Maine kaafi shooting dekhi thi.