father wanted me to become an IAS officer but there
was nothing that could have turned me away from acting,
no not even failures,” says the 24-year old
Pavan Kumar who will soon be added to the cast of
Mulk aired on Zee TV. His first brush with acting
came at the age of fifteen when he played a small
role in a tele-film. “Appearing on screen the
first time send me into a tizzy. That was when I decided
that acting would be my profession,” he says.
was producer Dinesh Bansal who spotted his talent
and gave him one of the important roles in Mulk. About
the serial Pavan says, “It deals with the present
generation and how they react to the issue of partition.
Comparisions with serials like Kashmeer are inevitable.
But being a daily soap it has an edge over the others.”
Working for a soap is not easy, though. “Yes,
there are daily shoots and that could be a tad demanding,
for you never get enough time to study your character.
But they are popular too” he says in the same
the serial he plays Iqbal who gets seperated from
his family and starts living with his father’s
Hindu friend. It’s about how three friends reunite
after a long gap of time. However circumstances lead
them to face seperation again. He remembers a scene
where he had to reel off eight pages of dialogues
and enact 15 different expressions at the same time.
“I felt a bit nervous at first but thanks to
director, Chandu Behl and my co-stars I was able to
pull off the act. Infact the scene was okayed with
no retakes at all,” he asserts.
can also be seen in Bhabhi on Star Plus. He has acted
in tele-serials like Gharana, Dushman, Jannat and
Siski and done commercials for ICICI and Hero Honda.
In his spare time he does meditation and even takes
lessons for improving his dialogue delivery. Obviously
he is preparing himself for the marathon race. “I
wish to work in films too,” he justifies his
arts graduate, Pavan did a couple of tele-films and
serials while in Delhi which is his hometown. He entered
Mumbai with the dreams of making it big. “Luckily
I got some modelling offers which gave me a chance
to enter the show-biz, here. I know there are many
talented people who are still struggling. Apparently
there is so much of gliltz and glamour here which
may seem all too rivetting to an outsider but this
is a rough-and-tumble life,” he says.
He believes it is good acting and not good looks that
matters. Its for this reason he looks upon Amitabh
Bachchan as his role-model. “He may not have
the conventional good looks but his sheer charisma
and talent both on and off screen is something which
never fails to bowl you over,” he says. He even
admires Aamir Khan who he feels never repeats his
role. Pavan too has done a variety of roles including
that of a baddie in Jannat, the boy-next-door in Dushman,
a split personality in Gharana, a lover boy in Siski
while his role in Mulk has different shades to it.
believe that television stars are over-exposed to
show-biz but I think its they who have the right temperament
to act in the films “ he opines.