However, in real life he is someone who puts his heart before his head and holds job satisfaction over money. Talking about his entry into TV industry, Shashank said, “I was initially preparing for my MBA exams in Ujjain but things were not working out as I wanted them to. It was then that I decided to give acting a shot and came to Mumbai in January 2009. I joined Anupam Kher’s acting institute to learn the art. After completing the acting course, I struggled to get a good role. For a year to a year-and-half, I gave 70-80 acting auditions. During one of the auditions, I came across the opportunity to play the lead part in ‘Balika Vadhu’. It was after several 7 screen tests, look tests and several acting workshops I got the confirmation that I would be playing the lead role in the serial”.
Balika Vadhu has been a big success so far and is one of the oldest shows on Colors in the present league. When asked Shashank about the show and atmosphere on its sets, he averred, “From what I have heard people saying, it is the most disciplined set on the Indian television right now. We have fun there but kaam ke time kaam hi hota hai and that shows on-screen. There is a monitor in every class to ensure proper disciple and on our sets the monitor is our director because he is the first man who has been there since day one of the show as a director”.
Films fascinate all and TV actors do make an attempt of foraying into the vast world of glamour. So when Shashank was quizzed about his plans for future, he shared, “Future is uncertain but right now I want to live my present completely. I never planned to be an actor. I believe that one’s intentions have to be very clear because then everything falls into place. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan never joined films thinking that they will get this popular. Ups and downs are a part of life. I am hoping for the best in my career. But it is true that everyone wants to try his or her luck in films.
Keep up the good work Shashank!