“I started working when I was in 2nd year of college. I was a Mass com. student at Khalsa College, Delhi University. Since the beginning it was clear to me that I wasn’t cut out for Engineering/Medical field or anything that included working out your brain cells way too much. Because honestly, I just wanted to have fun in whatever I’d do in my life. Fun at work is what I was after. And being a Radio Jockey delivered it all- you play songs, talk to new people, have fun and earn money just by doing all these. Why wouldn’t one love this job?
Though, it was hard to find one. It was challenging enough to become a radio jockey since with a population of over 1 crore people in Delhi, there are just 40 Radio Jockeys in the city. Supply is not an issue here but the demand is. Today it’s been almost 10 years since I stepped into this field. I had started my journey from Delhi and later, moved to Mumbai.
I was creating online videos before I decided to move to the city Bollywood. I wanted to try my hand at the online viral video fad and decided to give it a shot by making videos on Kejriwal on whom I had wasted my two valuable votes (freakin’ Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha). So I came up with a concept called ‘Muffler Man’ where I’d dress up like him and make humorous videos. Much to my luck, the videos soon got viral and spread like fire. Initially, they were controversial for the audience but later they accepted them. This is where I realized that you can entertain people to a certain level. There comes a saturation point when you think “what next?” So I left my job, I was doing the morning show for Fever FM then and moved to Mumbai.
At this turn of life, I was ready to experiment with my career. I had already received a call from RED FM to be the radio jockey at their station but then, I remembered something that had happened when I was in Delhi. I was RJ at FEVER FM when Amit Sharma who directed ‘Tevar’ had come there at the studio for the movie promotion, for whom I had also performed a little Muffler Man act. I recalled that he had told me to give him a call if I ever visited Mumbai. Now when I was finally there, I did call him and much to my surprise, he picked it up and we got connected.
This is where came the highest point of my life when he called me later in July and asked me if I had a passport because he was offering me one of the prominent roles in the movie “Makhna” directed by ad filmmaker Aleya Sen Sharma and the shoot was going to be in London. Baffled enough, I hadn’t understood if it were true but that’s how my future unfolded in front of me while literally taking some unexpected turns.
I had no agenda of being an actor and I still don’t. The only thing that I looked up to in my life has been ‘fun’. I do RJing because it is fun. The minute it starts losing fun, I might quit it. The minute camera starts to bore me, I would quit it too. The sole thing that I would never quit on is hardwork. Because hardwork always pays off and people notice it, my parents did too. Being the only person in Media line in my family, they were supportive throughout.
So, If you have no control over luck, if you don’t know when the right chance is going to strike you, then the only thing you can do is hardwork till both are in your favor. Just do what you love and never settle for anything that makes your soul cringe.”