After making a name for himself artistically like Loev, a reference film about same-sex love, the actor who likes to hold back is in the spotlight. Shiv was the perfect match for Sidharth Malhotra, with his low profile performance in Shershah.
Some of his best memories are of his halftime breaks from Doon School when he rafted in Rishikesh, trekked in Dodital, and cycled from Dehradun to Chandigarh. “My love for food too dhabas comes from then. I love the outdoors, traveling and eating at dhabaS. There is nothing better than to have dal makhni, wheel and chilled Lassi and sleep on one khaat under the open sky. You watch the galaxies and realize what a small part of the vast universe you are, ”he says. Shiv is making a web series directed by Shree Narrayan Singh and has made feature films (Zindagi Kashmakash and Meet the Patels) comes.
List three of your skills that no one knows about.
1. I like to write and am a perfectionist at it.
2. I played basketball and soccer when I was younger, at the state level.
3. I am well versed in playing video games. Whenever a newly released game appeals to me, I play it non-stop for six to seven days until I finish the game.
Are you watching content on your TV or laptop?
My TV is in my bedroom, but recently I’ve been watching stuff on my laptop instead. I watch crime fiction, mystery, drama and larger than life cinema. When I was growing up, my dad made sure we had dinner together, but I always wanted to watch TV.
What do you have on your bedside table?
I have some smelly oils like eucalyptus oil that I rub on my pillow or forehead which calms me down and helps me fall asleep.
Who do you think has bedroom eyes?
Catherine Zeta-Jones from Entrapment and Salma Hayek from Desperado.
What song do you sing during your morning shower?
I love cold showers in the morning as they really wake me up. So the only sound I make is brrrrr!
Describe yourself in a hashtag.
Can you sleep on planes and trains?
No! Even on long international flights, I really look forward to seeing the film on board (and hoping it ends before the trip). I always get out with sunglasses because I haven’t slept a single eye during the entire journey.
What do you wear in bed
Well … don’t you want to know?
Who’s your boyfriend at 2 a.m.
My wife who sleeps next to me. When she sees me calling other people at 2 a.m., she either tells me to leave the room because I’m bothering her, or she asks who is more interesting than her at that time.
This or that?
Black humor or parodies?
Parodies. I’m a big fan of movies like The bare gun, Austin Powers and grew up with Mel Brooks. When done well, parodies can be hilarious.
Asking for advice or giving advice?
I keep asking many friends for advice, but I’ve learned from my mistakes and now I rarely give advice.
From HT Brunch, November 28, 2021
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