As we know beside acting you have also hosted a science quiz based show Brain Cafe , share your experience with hosting?
I had a great experience while hosting Brain Cafe. I actually learned many things. During my school days I used to ignore and hate science but after hosting this show I really have improved my knowledge in science. I always kept myself updated with science related things because you never know what question your participant will come up with. Anchoring is a big deal because you really need to keep audience hooked to the show. I think I did good work in attracting audience to the show and hence we came with another season.
So what interests you more acting or hosting ?
Acting is dal roti for me and hosting is chicken for me. Though both are interesting I am more into acting because acting is my passion since childhood. I wanted to be an actor. And I am happy that I am going in a right way.
How did you feel when you got this serial ?
I went for an audition of this show and there were so many people standing out for the audition. I lost all hopes of getting selected and I started focusing on other things. Later I got a call in few days from Balaji Telifilms that you are selected for Meri Ashiqui... and Ekta wants to meet you. When I heard this I couldn't believe and I was like 'Wow' they selected me for the role. I thought finally I will be able to work as the main lead in the serial.
What is the concept of this show?
It is a male centric story. It is about a boy Ranveer Singh who loves his parents a lot. The boy belongs to a poor family so they stay with some other family where his father works as a driver. Hence the boy grows up here and gets a chance to study till 10th standard. He is ill treated by the family but he is a very chilled out guy. Woh ek aisa ladka hei jo ek kaan se suntaa hai aur dusre kaan se nikal deta hai. He is not too concerned for anything in life. Apart from this he likes one girl, he passionately desires to get that girl. Somewhere his heart knows that it is impossible to get that girl but he keeps on trying to get that girl in his life.
Do you relate to your character of the show?
When I read the story I was like 'Oh My God' this is me. In real life I am a chilled out guy. Before meeting Neha Saxsena my girl friend I was serious kind of a person but after getting into relationship with her I am completely changed now. I am also a chilled out guy with carefree attitude so it becomes easy for me to play this role. I have played few serious kind of roles before but now I will be playing something new and different. One thing which has not changed in my character is that I was poor in serials before and now also I am poor (laughs). I think I will do this effortlessly because I am the same as my character is.
Are you excited about the show Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi and the character?
Yes, I am very excited about the show and my character because finally I will be playing main lead of the serial. As you know that I have always entered a show from middle whether its Pavitra Rishta or any other show, I have never taken the burden of any show from the beginning though I wished to do so but never got a chance. Finally this time I am getting to do so. I have even lost my weight for this character. The audience can see a complete new Shakti in this serial. I hope I give my best to this show and audience.
As your popularity is increasing day by day , are you thinking to join any reality show?
Well, I want to get into reality show but so far I haven't got any opportunity yet. When I get it I will grab it.
What makes Shakti happy?
I think this show has made me happy, it's like a dream come true. I wanted to do a show with Colors channel. I am getting to do a show with colors that too with Balaji telifilms so it is like Sone Pe Suhagaa.
To whom you will give credit to?
I will give my credit to God and than Neha my lady luck. She has completely changed my life. Have you seen Kismaat connection our situation is like kismaat connection after she coming in my life I am completely transformed to a new person..
We wish Shakti all the best for the new show!