Gwalior guy - Sharad
Kelkar, was a Grasim Mr India
finalist; an MBA in marketing and is now
recognised as the undisputed hunk of two
Zee TV serials - Sindoor and Saat
Phere. His journey into showbiz began
with advertising. A small cameo in the offbeat
National Award-winning Marathi film, Uttarayan,
whetted his appetite and he started doing
the rounds of production houses.
A cop's role in Akrosh, a few episodes
in Bhabhi and Sharad's television
innings was off to a good start. Along the
way he met and married TV actor, Keerti
Gaekwad. The twosome romanced as an on-screen
couple in Sindoor, but it was in
Nach Baliye 2 that this duo got to
exhibit their chemistry which also got them
'the cutest couple' title.
In a free wheeling chat with Prashant
Golecha, Sharad talks about his
journey till now.
is quite like me"
Did it pinch that
unlike your co-star Rajshree Thakur (Saloni)
you weren't nominated for any awards this
I did think about why I was not even nominated.
But then I consoled myself saying maybe
next year I'll win an award! After all I
will be an actor all my life now. Moreover,
I also believe that if you can recognition
in form of awards, success often goes to
one's head. People appreciate me so much
that awards don't matter that much.
What has been
the response to your character Nahar, in
The credit for the success of Nahar and
show goes to the writer. I fitted the bill
for the role.
How much do you
relate to Nahar?
Nahar is quite like me, he loves his wife
and family just like I do. But he's also
a bit short tempered which I'm not. I have
lots of patience and I'm a total extrovert.
Was it easy getting
In a way it was, though I had been struggling
for few months. It was actually Shweta Kawaatra
who was instrumental in me getting Saat
Phere. It was she who informed me that
the casting was on so I should give an audition,
which I did and was soon selected. Although
I had to also give a lot of look tests for
the role. Manav and Shweta are our good
looks are vital in today's times"
Which is the first
show you actually shot for, Saat Phere
I actually shot for a pilot for Kuuch
Dil Mein Hai. But I had a dialogue delivery
problem and I couldn't deliver the goods,
so I was replaced. In June 2005 I got married
and within seven days of marriage I took
up Saat Phere. But it was for Sindoor
that I shot first.
Do you think your
wife Keerti is lucky for you?
Of course, It's she who taught me basics
of acting, how to face the camera and improvise
on my dialogues.
Does having a
spouse in the same profession help?
Yes it does. If your partner is a house
wife, once you're home she will ask all
about what happened on the sets. Whereas
since my wife is an actress we don't talk
or discuss work at home. Also, she perfectly
understands my erratic shooting schedules
and the industry. We prefer to spend time
with each other.
Are good looks
an important criteria for being a successful
In today's times it is vital. The fan following
of actors is more than the characters they
wife Keerti has taught me the basics
After a stint
in films, though in Marathi, do you aim
for Bollywood now?
No one has approached me for Hindi films
nor have I approached anybody. When I have
lived up to my responsibilities I will think
Any passion other
I used to be fond of singing to some extent
at one point of time. I even thought of
considering it as a career option.
Who are your closest
pals in this industry?
My friend's list includes Manav and Shwetta,
Sachin Shroff, Rahul Lohani, and Shabbir
Ahluwalia. And yes, not to forget the Saat
Phere and Sindoor co-stars.
What are your
immediate future plans?
My current priority is to buy a big house.
on 2 December 2006 6:30 pm