Meiyang Chang: Being multifaceted never bores you

He's a dentist by profession -- and a singer, actor and anchor by choice. "Indian Idol" fame Meiyang Chang, who belongs to the Chinese community in India, says donning multiple hats is a "wonderful trend" in Bollywood as it enhances one's onscreen personality and keeps boredom at bay.

Meiyang Chang
Meiyang Chang. Pic/Bipin Kokate

"Multifaceted artists have always been around in Bollywood. Kishore Kumar is a prime example. Of late, a lot more people have come to the forefront, which is a wonderful trend, as long as they have a natural flair and knowledge of what they are getting into," Chang told IANS.

He says "there's no magic formula to it".

"I just love what I do. Sometimes I do feel the stress, but now I've learned to handle it. As with life, there are no set rules for success. Being multifaceted enhances your repertoire and personality, and you're never ever bored.

"I don't know how much we (multifaceted artists) are in demand in Bollywood, but it's always good to be a multitasker," added the 32-year-old, who performed in Gurgaon on Sunday at 100 Pipers Play for a Cause, a fund-raiser musical extravaganza for the Nepal earthquake victims.

Chang, who started performing in late 2007, was joined by Farhan Akhtar, Vishal Dadlani, Ehsaan Noorani (from composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) and Shilpa Rao for the event.

What comes easier -- acting, hosting or singing?

"Acting and singing really excite and inspire me. The rest come as a bonus that I'm glad to add to my repertoire. I'm waiting for the right roles, plus I also dabble in other things," said Chang, last seen on the small screen in "Khatron Ke Khiladi Darr Ka Blockbuster Returns".

Having started his acting career with 2010 film "Badmaash Company", Chang has only done two films since then even though he bagged a supporting actor award for his debut role.

He is now eyeing roles that are "challenging and central to the plot" of a project even though "the length of character does not necessarily matter to me".

The "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!" actor is currently hosting a Skype digital activity for TV show "India's Got Talent".

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