Shantanu Maheshwari turns 5... on TV

Kumartuli boy and now national TV heart-throb Shantanu Maheshwari’s dream journey had begun on April 20, 2011 with his debut in the youth fave Dil Dostii Dance on Channel V. Two days before he turned five on TV, the 25-year-old spoke to t2.

By Ratnalekha Mazumdar
  • Published 20.04.16
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Shantanu Maheshwari

Kumartuli boy and now national TV heart-throb Shantanu Maheshwari’s dream journey had begun on April 20, 2011 with his debut in the youth fave Dil Dostii Dance on Channel V. Two days before he turned five on TV, the 25-year-old spoke to t2.

Do you remember your first shot for Dil Dostii Dance five years ago? 

I had given my first shot just the day after (April 3) India won the World Cup in 2011. But that shot wasn’t used in my first appearance on TV. My first episode had me (his character Swayam) going lattoo over Sharon (Vrushika Mehta)! (Laughs)

What have you learnt in these five years?

You have to have patience. Hard work pays. One has to rely on intuition and so one has to trust the (show) makers. Also, trust your instinct. I have gained a lot of confidence and met a lot of new people in these five years.

Are you content with what you have achieved?

I am happy with my progress but I believe I should be hungry for more. I don’t want to reach the point of contentment. Otherwise the hunger will go. I want to entertain and work harder. 

Girls on Top is on air. What kind of feedback are you getting for the MTV show?

I don’t shoot every day. We three boys are supporting the three girls, who are the show’s protagonists. People are appreciating the show. My character, Sahir, is very well-written. Initially, I was sceptical about the role (of a singer). I didn’t know how to hold a guitar! Now, with time, I have learnt it. Sahir is passionate about the things around him. I can relate to his passion, but I can’t relate to his intensity. I can’t talk so loudly like him. I have calmed down in five years. (Smiles)

You play cricket for ChandigarhCubs in Box Cricket League. Are you following the IPL?

I can’t follow much because I am busy, but I support Kolkata Knight Riders because it’s my home team and then I support Mumbai Indians. 

Who are the players you are looking forward to watching this season?

M.S. Dhoni because he is leading a new team (Rising Pune Supergiants). I want Yusuf Pathan (of KKR) to hit a lot of sixes. I want to watch Virat Kohli as a captain (of Royal Challengers Bangalore) and match winner. Also, Suresh Raina’s captaincy (Gujarat Lions) and AB de Villiers’ (RCB) unorthodox style of cricket.  

You recently went to perform at a campus fest in the US. What was the experience like?

Yes, with Desi Hoppers, our dance group... we are trying to do workshops and shows. We performed at Dance Craze, the fest at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We got a call after they saw our performance at World of Dance championship in Los Angeles last year (that Shantanu and Desi Hoppers won). We performed to a number of Bollywood numbers like Tukur tukur (from Dilwale) and Gulaabo (Shaandaar) which the audience loved.