Shiva Kumar is a talented and versatile actor who has contributed 35 years of his life to the film industry. He has also done ad films, serials, theaters and have produced album named ‘PARDES’. To him, struggle is a part of life and he wanted to achieve fame where people (the common men) don’t say I have seen you somewhere rather they should know me by my name SHIVA.
Tell me about yourself.
I have done 38 films till now including- Run, Vicky Donor, Jannat 2, Fanaa, 98+ ad films, 102 print ads and 20-30 serials.
How did you thought of coming into acting field?
It’s my passion since childhood. I used to participate in school skits, I have also done theaters. In fact, Anupam Kher and I used to do theaters together.
What kind of struggles you have gone through in your life?
Mumbai is a place where you don’t sell anything but it goes on sell because you have to survive anyhow. I used to put coins under my bad so I ate food with the help of those coins, too, for many days. But, my mother was my all-time back support.
When did you get your first break?
I got my first brake in 1981 with Chasme Buddoor starring Farooq Sheikh, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Deepti Naval and many others.
You have done Films, Ad films, Serials, Tele films and many more things, so which one is your favorite or which one interests you the most?
I like Ad films the most. The day when I’ll complete 100 ad films I’ll definitely throw a party.
Whom you consider as your biggest inspiration in the film industry?
I have not thought about any of them but my favorite is Amitabh Bachchan, Sunny Deol, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan.
Would you like to act in regional films too?
I have done Bhojpuri films; one against Ravi Kishan and one against Vinay Anand.
What is your future planning?
I have not thought about sticking to the regional films. Whenever I get good films, I go for that. The latest release of mine is ‘30 Minutes’. I am also looking forward to make a film; it’s already on paper under the banner Kanhaiya. It will be a message-oriented film.
What are your upcoming projects?
I am doing a serial named ‘Meri Beti Mera Guroor’, Four of my films are ready let’s see when they get release. I am also planning to release my own film.
What is your hobby apart from acting?
Other than this, I am addicted to Whatsapp and facebook (laughs). In fact, NASA has also said that there is a life beyond Whatsapp and facebook so I’m also going to try that now. Also, I love listening music especially old songs of Lata ji, Mukesh, Rafi.
Acting is a passion to me but getting a good character, good role and doing full justice to it is the most important thing in my life.
What message you would like to give to the youngsters who like to join this industry?
Set a target for a particular time period, don’t get frustrated by what others are saying, don’t carry ego. First complete your education so that you should have something as a backup. Luck is also an important factor for this industry apart from your dedication and continuous labour so stick to that.