With a strong political background, debutant actor Chirag Paswan says talent is all that matters
Politician Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag Paswan who makes his Bollywood debut with Miley Na Milye Hum, chats with us from Vaishno Devi about his dreams, ambitions and political background.
Coming from a political family, what inspired you to venture into movies?
This was my childhood dream. I always wanted to be in movies. It's by default that I come from a political background but despite that I always wanted to be an actor.
I have heard your family is academically oriented and your cousins are engineers or doctors? How did your dad react when you told him that you want to be an actor?
The family I come from, they always expected me to be a doctor or an engineer if not enter politics. It wasn't such a shock to them because since childhood they saw my interest in acting. They have always seen me doing plays in school and college.
Did your political background make it easy for you to break into Bollywood?
I will not shy away from the fact that coming from a political family or having a heavyweight surname does help an easy entry into any field, not only movies. But eventually everything boils down to your talent. If you don't have the potential you will be kicked out the very next time. I have struggled too. Anuj Saxena who is a family friend came with the offer.
You took lessons to learn tennis for the film?
When I decided to be an actor I wasn't still mentally prepared. It took me a year-and-half to shift to Mumbai and start working. I am a tennis player in the film, so I underwent a rigorous training. I played tennis eight to ten hours everyday, for eight months.
You get to romance three girls in your debut movie Kangna Ranaut, Neeru Bajwa and Sagarika Ghatge?
Yes I couldn't have asked for a better debut, honestly. This is like a dream come true. In your first film, three beautiful girls supporting you!
Being the only newcomer on the sets, did you feel nervous?
Not really! I was very confident and just concentrating on my bit. All my co-stars were very supportive. The only time I was dead nervous was when there was this intimate scene with Kangna in Goa. I was just not prepared for that. It was shot right in the middle of the road with loads of people watching us.
Buzz is that you are dating Neeru?
No, no, no. We get along well. Our likes and interest are the same. I know it will sound cliched but she is a very good friend (Laughs).
That is such a politically correct answer!
What to do? I come from a political family. (Smiles)
Do you want to get into politics at some point in life?
Absolutely! Politics run in my family.
Is this movie one-off for you or are you here to stay?
Definitely! I am here to stay for at least 10 to 15 years. Movies are my absolute priorities.
How do you plan to promote the film?
We are starting our promotional campaign from Patna which is my home town and then we will do a city tour of Delhi, Jaipur and few places in Punjab as Neeru is from there.
Who is your role model in Bollywood?
No matter how cliched it may sound but an aspiring actor cannot look beyond Amitabh Bachchan. He is a one-man institution. I have also grown up watching Shah Rukh's Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Salman Khan's Hum Aapke Hain Kaun.
From the current crop of leading ladies, who do you find the hottest?
A part of my heart says Katrina and Priyanka, while the other says Deepika and Kareena. So I think my heart is confused.