Vivaan Parashar: The most important thing I learned was humility
Vivaan Parashar's father may have made a well-received television series with Pankaj Kapur and directed films with Naseeruddin Shah 'Jalwa', Sridevi, Sunny Deol & Rajinikanth ' Chaalbaaz ' & Salman Khan 'Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge', but he considers himself an outsider in the film industry.
The 25-year-old actor makes his Hindi film debut with the John Abraham & Emraan Hashmi-starrer 'Mumbai Saga'. The film is directed by Sanjay Gupta , who had started out as an assistant to Vivaan’s father, Pankuj Parashar. “I wanted to be a cricketer when I was a kid & took coaching from Amol Mazumdar’s father, Anil Mazumdar. I had even got through the first round of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) camp,” he recalls.
He goes on to admit that he 'became an actor by chance', when he got a call from Suniel Shetty’s office with a film offer after a picture of him appeared in a publication. While the film, to be directed by Joy Augustine, didn’t see the light of the day, the acting bug had bitten Vivaan & his father suggested he get into theatre first. “When I told Naseer sir that I want to take up acting as a profession, he told me to train at a proper school,” Vivaan says, adding that after a year-long course at Drama School Mumbai, he returned to Naseer’s theatre group & worked backstage before he started getting roles. “My big break came with the Indian adaptation of Eugene Ianesco’s Rhinoceros, in which I played two roles,” beams the youngster.
Telling the surreal experience of working on his first film, Vivaan said: John, sir, Emraan, sir. Rohit roy Shaad Randhawa, everyone made sure he was comfortable. The most important thing I learned from them is humility.