Chandigarh-boy Abhinandan Jindal is again as Aarav in Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega

How did you enter the glamour world?

I was actually keen on cricket and played for nine years but due to an injury I had to leave the sport. Then I started going to a gym in Mohali. One day when I was working out, a person came up to me and offered me a print campaign. That point of time I was not even aware of what print modelling was. That was my entry into glamour world and eventually acting.

Your father was in the Army. Was your family fine with you taking up acting as a career?

I am a lucky as I have got the best parents in this world. My mother taught me tolerance and the meaning of dedication. My father being in the Army is a strict disciplinarian but he has given me full freedom.

How was the struggle?

At the time of modelling, I used to travel from Chandigarh to Delhi and used to go door-to-door seeking work. I have always believed you can never be an actor by just sitting in an air-conditioned room. I became one of the lead faces in the world of modelling and then one of my pictures appeared in a film magazine and a production house spotted me.

Which role is close to your heart and why?

Munna in Thakpi Pyar Ki. As Munna I played various shades. The team of Thapki was also good. It was the turning point in my career. Saajan of Krishna Chali London also is very close to me.

You are re-entering Guddan. What will be your role?

I joined the show Guddan in September and then there was a gap. Now, I am back in the show again. Aarav is a protective brother to Guddan and to him his sister is his world. I do look a bit different in the show now. Earlier, my look was a bit raw but now it is more mature.

How are you managing life in the new normal?

Life has become more disciplined now. Everyday there is a check-up of temperature and oxygen level. The crew is smaller now.

If not an actor, what would you be and why?

My father wanted me to join the Army but my mother never wanted to leave me. Cricket was my passion but that was over due to the injury. Maybe acting was my destiny.

What type of characters do you want to play in the future?

Characters with depth and intensity.

Have you learnt anything new during the lockdown?

Meditation is one thing which I am doing now. We all have learnt the value of life.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Going on a long drive is my favourite past-time. I also love to travel solo. Spending time with myself is my favourite.

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