When one thinks of Shaleen
Bhanot, they think of his cunning looks, devilish stare, and piercing
eyes... as Agni in Kulvaddhu and Shivansh in Kaajjal, Shaleen has taken
a liking to playing negative characters in the serials. In the new
serial Sangam, Shaleen has a chat with our reporter Mango on his new
character Madan and how his role will play a part in the story.
Your role in Sangam is a negative role. Do you prefer playing negative characters to positive ones?
I like playing different characters.
I prefer playing with the characters. It doesn't make a difference to
me whether it is a positive or a negative one, though you get to play
more when you are nagative.
How is this character different from the other ones you have played?
Madan is completely different from
the ones I have played so far. Shivansh was a very stylish character.
He was a celeb therefore he had a typical body language. Madan as a
character is too different from everything. The way he walks, talks,
his language, his accent, his voice is very different from Shaleen,
Agni or Shivansh. Madan uses crude language. It took me a lot of effort
to get that voice. Madan's gestures are different as well. He is no
comparision at all except the same face and the product used on the
eyes. It was kaajal for Agni but it's soorma for Madan.
Is there anything you can tell us about your character and the storyline of Sangam as it progresses?
Madan is very different from what
you have seen on TV so far. He has no emotions at all. He doesn't love
the main character but is just obssesed because of her good looks.
He is very powerful financially,
politically. He is very shrewd and crude. Also he is a very egoistic
guy who believes in getting whatever he wants. Woh paane mein nahi
cheen ne mein vishwaas rakhta hai .
The story Sangam is about a girl,
Ganga, who wants to fulfil her father's dream which Madan, being the
bad man, won't let her achieve. The story is very simple. The
difference is how they have shown it. It's about a very sweet girl.
There are no 30 - 40 family members, no palace like houses, no crores
ki baatein. There are other shows which a person can't relate to like
talking about losses of crores. There are no big houses these days. We
have tried to show the simplicity of today's world; show what real
people are like and how important even Rs. 100 are for them.
I watch this show with the whole world at 7 o'clock and each time I ask myself 'Is this me?'
Tell us about your experience as shivansh in Kaajjal.
It was pretty cool...pretty nice. I would have loved to do it more but now due to Sangam
I have less time.
Shivansh was a very stylish character. Everyone gave me the freedom to
do whatever I wanted. In fact, the tie inside the shirt was my
innovation. We had tried everything but in the end we went ahead with
...and when asked if he would return to Kaajjal the reply was...
Due to Sangam
I had to end it there but yes, I would love to continue if my schedule allows it.
How do you think you yourself have progressed from Agni in Kulvaddhu to your characters now?
As an actor I have progressed. What I have done in Agni was more of an
aura..had to be very subtle. When I am like a bad person I can't even
It should be very convincing. I think it ha been a fantastic journey
till now. I have tried a lot of things; from a gray shade to a black
In the end, how was it working with Jennifer and Chaitanya?
I don't have much of a thing with Chaitanya. He is a very nice
and sweet fellow. Even Jenny is a very hard working. I think they are
And with a promise to make a post on india-forums for his fans next week he signs off.
Author: mango, ammmu