Ravi Bhatia - At the Age Of 16, I Was Confused Between Different Career Choices But After That, I Was Clear Of Becoming An Actor (Indian TV Actor Portrayed 'Salim' in Zee TV's Jodha Akbar)



Confidence & belief is what makes us what we are. The approach can be of a constant learner. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to pursue any career.


1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am from the mountains a small village in HP (Mandi). Started working in McDonald's when I was 17 in Delhi, then moved to Mumbai, worked in a call centre and a cinema hall and finally after a struggle of 13 months got my first break on TV. 


2. Did you ever think or dream of being an actor?

At the age of 16, I was confused between different career choices but after that, I was clear of becoming an actor. 


3. How can one approach their career and have the confidence and belief to become an actor?

Your question itself says it all. Confidence & belief is what makes us what we are. The approach can be of a constant learner. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to pursue any career. The question is how much you are willing to give in. An actor needs constant learning and freedom to explore his or her imaginations. 


4. If not this, what would you be doing?

Till the age of 15, I wanted to be an Army man or a commando as I was quite well in School NCC and, 22 gun shooting. And if not this then maybe a Boxer or an MMA fighter.


5. For a complete outsider with inroads, what advice would you like to give?

Every established actor was once a newcomer. I genuinely believe if it’s there in you and you are willing to work hard and take all the rejections and pain on your head then you will make your place. It’s very simple if you are good, people will hire you and if you are bad then even your family production house won’t hire you. Yes, definitely insiders have easy access to their initial 3-4 projects but then the audience decides whom to watch and whom not to. 


6. What is your mantra of success?

Persistence is the mantra. After 100 rejections if you are willing to give that 101st try with the same passion then you are successful no matter what you are pursuing. 


7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I read all kinds of books. I loved “The Alchemist” a lot. “Power of Actor” is one of my favourites. But the only book which I have read many times is Bhagwad Gita and I try to follow most of the things written there. Bhagwad Gita simplifies things for us. It teaches us that there is nothing good or bad, only the consequences. In this book freedom of expression is there. 


Ravi Bhatia (Actor)


- LinkedIn: Ravi Bhatia


- Interviewed By Pratibha Sahani

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