Shiva Shukla is shooting in Lucknow for Operation Kand. He talks about his work…

Shiva Shukla is shooting in Lucknow for Operation Kand. He talks about his work…

How did acting happen to you?

I have been acting in plays since my school days. After clearing intermediate, I joined professional theatre with the hope of realising my childhood dream.

What challenges have you faced in establishing yourself as an actor?

Initially, I started with mimicry. From my hometown, I first travelled to Kanpur and then to Lucknow, followed by Delhi and finally I reached Mumbai. My plans got a jolt when my father passed away. It wasn’t easy overcoming the loss but I had to come to terms with the reality of my situation.

How did theatre and NSD training help?

Theatre and NSD training gave me confidence and self-belief. Whatever I am today, it can be attributed to the exposure I gained while doing theatre.

Your short film Sorry Mom dealt with drug addiction. What motivated you to make a film on this?

Drug addiction is a serious issue and it affects the youth. I wanted to spread awareness about the dangers of drug addiction. So, I thought of making Sorry Mom.

How excited are you to work with Hiten Tejwani, Rashmi Desai and others in Operation Kand?

As an actor, I feel it’s important to constantly learn. When you are on the sets you can learn so much just by observing your co-actors. I think it would be a great learning experience to work with the likes of Hiten Tejwani, Rashmi Desai and others in Operation Kand.

What is your role in Sitapur City of Gangster Season 2?

All I can tell you right now is that Sitapur Season 2 will be more fun than the earlier season. The story is based on the people and politicians of Uttar Pradesh. My character will get more powerful than before. I will be starring alongside Anil Rastogi, Ravi Sudha, Aprna, Varun Joshi, Manoj Bakshi and Lokesh Mittal.

Besides the show, any movie in the pipeline?

I am doing a film called Cypher, which will be directed by Sagar Pathak. It is also going to be announced soon. Hopefully I will be able to share more details with you very soon.

Who is your inspiration?

My greatest inspiration has been my parents and my mentors. Whatever I am today, it’s because of them. I am also grateful to my co-actors who have constantly inspired me to do better.

Tribune Shorts


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