“I admire Aamir Khan. He instilled faith and confidence in me. He told me to be fearless and focus on my job.”
His brilliant portrayal of a stern school teacher in the film Taare Zameen Par got him fame and popularity. Having acted in films like Bhooth Nath Returns, Munnabhai MBBS, 3 Idiots and few more, Shankar Sachdev is a seasoned campaigner. He is currently donning the hat of a teacher at Act-Atainment. Over a few cups of hot chai at a suburban restaurant, he shares interesting anecdotes about his journey with us, his experience of working with Aamir Khan, his approach towards acting and more…
Interviewed By: Team Act-Atainment
It’s been a privilege working with so many big names in my career. I have learnt several things from each one of them. But, one of the things which I would like to share is about Mr Aamir Khan who I worked with in the film Taare Zameen Par. He is one man who instilled faith and confidence in me. He always kept telling me that I should be fearless and focus on my job and rest everything will fall into place.
I came to Mumbai first when I was in college. I came with the dream of becoming an actor but it backfired. I used to stay in a very small house and pay thirty rupees per month as rent. There was an occasion when I was thugged by the driver of a very famous producer (name withheld on request). He took all my money and ran away. I didn’t have even a single penny to travel back home. I traveled ticket less. Then, I gave up on my acting aspirations and completed my Bachelors in arts followed by Masters in the same domain. But, one fine day something triggered me to pursue this profession again and I followed my heart.
I feel it happens because they believe more in theory than practical knowledge. Also the approach is wrong on many occasions which need to be altered.
I wouldn’t want to demotivate those who dream big. It’s a good to set your benchmark high, but it’s equally important to be realistic.
I am very stern as a teacher. I am particular about punctuality.
I like Dev’s sincerity and approach.