Our guest on #HowIMadeIt this week, Shiv, made his first splash sometime in 2003-2004 when he did a commercial with Nitesh Tiwari as the creative director, Amit Sharma as the director, and Binod Pradhan as the DOP. None of the three need any introduction but Nitesh and Amit weren’t known names then. “However, their skill was so stark, and doing that ad was tantamount to tasting blood. My mom had enrolled me in acting workshops when I was just a 9-year-old and who knew that I would start chasing films.”
However, in the interim, Shiv went on to do a TV show called ‘FIR’ which, according to him, threw a spanner in the first film that he was supposed to do. “After all the auditions and workshops on that film, just on the day I was supposed to sign the contract, someone apparently told the maker that I had done a TV show.” The maker got ticked off and told Shiv that he was overexposed on TV. “He also said that I should have informed him beforehand,” Shiv reveals. The very next thing that happened was that Shiv kissed goodbye to ‘FIR’. “We used to get stamped as film actors and TV actors in those days, not anymore now though. I wanted to erase that stamp which was stuck on me because of ‘FIR’,” Shiv explains.
Next, Shiv went on to host an IPL season (2008), which, he says, made people notice that a ‘paan chabata’ Hanuman Prasad character from TV could speak English fluently. The perception about this man changed in the industry and soon he found himself doing Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Shaitaan’. But again, Shiv started getting roles that were similar to the one he’d done in ‘Shaitaan’. The next hurdle was to cut through the stereotype work that had started coming along.
MX Player’s ‘Chakravyuh’ came as a breath of fresh air for Shiv. Till date, Shiv has three films in his kitty–‘Shershaah’, with Sidharth Malhotra, ‘Meet the Patels’, and ‘Zindagi Kashmakash’. “Additionally, I am doing a web series but can’t disclose its details now,” he adds, rather happily.
On a concluding note, Shiv Pandit narrates his love story which blossomed in Australia. “I knew Ameira (Punvani, costume designer) as we had worked on a film before but there wasn’t any romance between us. We happened to meet in Australia much later, and from there, things started happening and got into a different phase.”
Well, today, Shiv can certainly have at least a word or two with that filmmaker who’d showed him the door.