When good times beckon, there’s just no stopping – that’s what’s happening in case of actor Salil Acharya whose career is going rocket speed. He’s just tasted success (as the baddie Ronnie) with the recent blockbuster, Awarapaan and now he’s bagged Indian television’s pathbreaking show, Kyunki?..
His portrayal as Billy Thakral, (Ram Kapoor’s onscreen son) in this Balaji show has already sent everyone talking about his acting prowess, screen presence, sinister monologues and especially his arched eyebrows.
Tellychakkar.com meets up with this enthusiastic twenty-six year old who has overnight become the talk of the town.
How did you venture in acting?
I started as an RJ for Radio Mirchi after winning the RJ national hunt, I’ve bagged AXN’s Hottest Male contest after which I moved to B4U as a VJ. I took up Sony’s Yeh Meri Life Hain on an experimental basis. Till then I had never watched any Indian soaps, all I used to be clued about was Santa Barbara and The Bold and The Beautiful.
Tell us about your association with Balaji.
Ekta saw my work in Yeh Meri?.and approached me to play a negative act of the ‘fake Prem’ in Kasautii. I also did Kaavyanjali (the comic role of Sandeep) where Amrita Singh was my onscreen aunt.
Isn’t it true that three of your shows with Balaji have already been scrapped?
Yes it is true. I was simultaneously working in Karmik Connections, Karbon Copy and Krimson Skies.
Weren’t you disappointed then?
I worked hard on all the three shows and they all got axed. I took it in my stride and moved on in life. Things were not within my control. I left Balaji then because of creative differences.
Then how did the reconciliation happen?
Balaji approached me for a couple of roles. Talks were on but I was clear that if I want to come back to them, it has to be a big show like Kyunki?.Kahaani, or Kasauti. Nivedita Basu zeroed in on the former when the requirement arose and I accepted the role. I am happy to return to Balaji with Kyunki?
What’s so unique about your role in Kyunki?.?
I play Ram Kapoor’s son Billy Thakral – a very flamboyant and stylish character. As per the character sketches, Ram loves to own cats, in fact he’s named them too, but I’m the one who’s called Billy!
How was the first day at shoot?
My entry shot was canned for the third time, as the production house wanted it to look lavish. Till date I have shot only with Ronit Roy.
How is it working with him?
I have worked with Ronit in Kasauti. He is a perfect co-star and good with scenes and dialogues. The comfort level is high and he is rated high in my list of good actors.
What kind of response you have earned from your hit film, Aawarapan?
My character Ronny is being appreciated. As an actor I feel cool. I must say I was impressed with my own performance when I saw the film in the theatre. I had auditioned for the role and was selected on merit.
VJing, TV or films?
I can’t choose one. TV is my livelihood. Vjing has given me glory and even international recognition. Films are like an icing on the cake. The entire experience of big screen is mind blowing.
What changes you have experienced since the time you started in this industry?
When I started I was too young. People’s horizons have broadened. I have matured as a person and also as an actor. I am professionally happy. I have become a more responsible human being. Until now I was putting my systems in place. Now I plan and live with the right perspective.
Let’s talk about your personal life. Are you seeing someone?
Yes I do have a girlfriend, who I have been dating since last two and a half years. She is not directly connected with the industry. Dance is one of her forte. That’s all I can reveal.
Any other passions?
I love playing BS2 video games all the time. I also love to invest in stock market and property.
Your philosophy of life?..
Work honestly and carry on with a smile because life charts its own goals.