Param is your pick

For the past couple of months, the t2 mailbox has seen a steady stream of requests for an interview of Param Singh. The 26-year-old Mumbai boy, who lights up the small screen as Randhir Singh Shekhawat in the popular Channel V youth show Sadda Haq, is a hot favourite of both tweens and teens. As promised, t2 presents the TV heart-throb to all you fans out there...

By Ratnalekha Mazumdar
  • Published 6.08.15
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P FOR PARAM
Age: 26
Birthday: September 8
Zodiac sign: Virgo
School: Billimoria High School, Panchgani
College: MMK College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
Param with his pugs 
— Pogo and Pogi

For the past couple of months, the t2 mailbox has seen a steady stream of requests for an interview of Param Singh. The 26-year-old Mumbai boy, who lights up the small screen as Randhir Singh Shekhawat in the popular Channel V youth show Sadda Haq, is a hot favourite of both tweens and teens. As promised, t2 presents the TV heart-throb to all you fans out there...

Did you ever expect Sadda Haq to become a cult youth show?

I never imagined that it would become so huge! It’s been on air for 19 months now, I am glad that people have appreciated it so much. When we had started it, I thought, ‘Okay, let’s start from TV’. I didn’t want to do a saas-bahu drama. I always wanted to do a youth show because it is something fresh. I don’t honestly believe in luck. Luck changes because of hard work. The show became a hit because of the content, my co-actors and the directors. We are a bunch of youngsters who know their job. 

Did you always want to become an actor? 

I had done plays before. I have pursued an acting course at the Barry John Acting Studio. I also did an MBA from Webster Graduate School in London and worked in the corporate world before becoming a professional actor. 

How has life changed after Sadda Haq?

The only difference is people recognise me wherever I go. That’s it! I have my same four to five friends. My real friends are my childhood friends who live in my building. I go to the same places. Nothing has changed at all. 

Fans love the chemistry between you and Harshita Gaur...

That’s nice. If fans like our love-and-hate relationship, then it shows we are doing a good job. If they love to watch us together, it means it’s working. Harshita is a great person and a good actress. She is a great friend. It is very easy to work with her. I am very comfortable doing my scenes with her. We give space to each other and we don’t try and outplay each other. Both of us endeavour to come out with a good scene. That is the reason behind our success. 

What’s the dynamic like on set? 

We chill, play pranks, talk about life, listen to music, watch films....

You’ve got many offers from other shows. What makes you stick to Sadda Haq? 

Yes, I have got offers from STAR Plus, Colors and Zee TV. I won’t leave Sadda Haq because this show has given me everything. After this show, I want to do a film. Honestly, I don’t want to get into daily family dramas. But God forbid, if I have to do it and have no other option, then I will do just one. So, never say never! I want to do something in which people will take me seriously and feel that I can act. 

How do you handle crazy fans? 

I don’t get mobbed in Mumbai. I stay in Lokhandwala where many TV actors stay. But whenever I go out of Mumbai, I get mobbed! Recently, it happened in Panchgani and Pune. 

Who doesn’t like this craze? But honestly, I get embarrassed. I feel happy and flattered but I will be happier if people comment about my acting rather than my looks. There was this girl from Calcutta who once touched my feet! She had come to see me at my place all the way from there. I was very embarrassed because she was with her father. I told her to touch her dad’s feet and not mine. Then, I have heard that there is one girl who has tattooed my name on her arm. I haven’t met her and I don’t know where she lives. 

What’s a day in your life like?

I work 12 hours a day, 27 to 28 days a month! It is hectic but this is the field I have chosen, so no complaints. I get up between 5.30am and 6am. I shoot from 7am to 7pm. I come home at 8pm. I go to the gym at 8.30pm. Around 9.30pm, I come home, have dinner and watch the news. If I have an off next day, I meet my friends and we go pubbing. I don’t drink much, but I have a couple of beers once in a while. Then, I sleep. If I have an off, I play with my dogs Pogo and Pogi, go to the gym, chill with my friends, watch a film or spend time with family. 

You post a lot of pictures of your dogs on Twitter…

Yes, one is eight and the other is two. They are my babies. The younger one is a female so I call her my beti! Sometimes, they are like my siblings and sometimes they are my kids. They are pampered a lot. 

What else are you passionate about? 

I like to travel. Goa is my favourite. I have been there 15-20 times. After the show, I want to go to Himachal Pradesh, Leh and Ladakh. I like to do martial arts and adventure-related sports. I love practising outdoor yoga. 

How do you use social media to connect with your fans? 

I am only on Twitter (@8paramsingh), but not on Facebook and Instagram. Being on social media is important because fans want to know about Param and not Randhir. I like to interact with them whenever I get time.
 
What kind of a diet and exercise regimen do you follow? 

I work out four to five days a week for an hour. I am a Punjabi so I can’t follow a diet! (Laughs) I try to eat healthy, but I cheat here and there. Green tea helps a lot. Veggies and fruits help to flush out toxins.

One thing that people don’t know about you is...

That I have a good sense of humour.

And finally, are you single? 

I am not seeing anybody! I want a girl who can understand that I am an actor. People have a misconception about actors that they sleep around. It’s nothing like that! She should understand that it’s like any other job. She should understand me, give me space and a cute face won’t hurt (smiles).


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