Vikash Pattni: Nobody gets what they deserve before their time

Saturday November 25 2017

Vikash Pattni describes himself as a fun loving

Vikash Pattni describes himself as a fun loving 29-year-old. The actor and radio host spoke to ActScene. PHOTO| COURTESY 

By HILLARY KIMUYU
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Vikash Pattni describes himself as a fun loving 29-year-old. The actor and radio host spoke to ActScene

What was your first love, radio or acting and why?

Acting without a doubt was my first love. I found it very fascinating to have the opportunity to be whatever you want for a brief time, you could be a doctor, engineer, lover, loner, human, animal or anything, get into any skin and experience a different life without taking a rebirth for a couple of months. Radio started off as a channel to get into the circle of entertainment and to get to know where auditions are happening.

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When did you start acting?

Probably between five and six years. My grandfather loved his Bollywood movies so I spent a lot of time as a child watching and imitating my favourite actors.

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Is Varshita your first local show to star in?

No it isn’t. I had a guest appearance in two episodes of Inspecta Mwala, I had played the role of Dr Zain in a series called Prem and I had played the nephew to Mr Singh in Mr and Mrs Singh before Varshita.

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You play Varshita’s dad and the Guruji (spiritual teacher), does this hit home?

Not quite since neither am I a dad nor a Guruji but I have observed many fathers whose characteristics are pretty close to Varshita’s father (Lalit Bhatt) and met a number of self-proclaimed god men or in other words guruji.

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What has changed since you started acting in the show?

Unfortunately because of the extra facial hair and the heavy makeup I have in the series, my face isn’t as recognisable as Vikash, but my house help and those who know I play the character often repeat my dialogue when they see me.

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Where were you born?

I was born in Mombasa, I was quite proactive and would like to believe I still I’m in my youthful days.

I didn’t know how to get into acting but I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

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If you weren’t a radio presenter and an actor what would you be?

I would have been a graphic designer since that’s what I studied and worked as for four years until radio and acting happened.

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How would you describe Kenya’s entertainment industry?

It was quite a difficult industry to break into. Initially I felt this was less of an industry and more of a colony where only people who knew each other got work without even auditioning. But it’s changing and now a lot of creative people are interested in showcasing good content hence it is a growing industry.

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Are you married or dating?

No I’m not married nor am I dating.? I do fantasise about having a girlfriend or wife who is madly in love with me and having a family but I don’t know when in future this fantasy will come true.

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What advice would you give a 21-year-old Vikash?

That nobody gets what they deserve before their time, so calm down, wait for God’s plans and believe in Him.

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