Interview with Darshan Dave
Posted by Shyla Lopez on November 10, 2008 | No Comments
Tell us about your background and your journey to Mumbai from Jaipur?
Being from a musical family,started composing,writing and arranging songs at a young age,won several awards,took time in deciding if I should go to Mumbai,till I got reassurance from my parents,friends,teachers,neighbours that I should be there,without even expressing to them ever that I had the same plans since the time I started contemplating my future….
After my science graduation I came to Mumbai and got myself enroled in a film direction course from St.Xavier’s College,wherefrom I passed out with the highest grade,and won’t say ever felt lost or disoriented even for a moment after that,although I worked as an Asst.Dir.,Music Composer,Lyricist,Playback Singer but all to be an actor…..and after doing telefilms with Mr.Ajai Sinha,Ravi Chopra and others as a hero,composing music with Sunidhi Chauhan and the legendary Dev Anand,and being the main model of brands like Revital and Easy Offbang…..I got my first daily show Ghar Ek Sapna.
You are a multifaceted personality, music composer, singer, actor. What made you take up acting as a career?
Firstly it was a very philosophically inclined decision that I wanted to live many lives in one life time,acting has given me the satisfaction of experiencing various emotions and lives on a more deeper level,how it is to be someone else,it is most of time like a rebirth,and secondly since by gods grace my knowledge of music or writing has not only been limited to having a fairly good knowledge or understanding of music so that you can just evalutate it,but it was a step ahead in a way that I even had the skill to do it myself,the pleasure of being creative is more than just being a critic,and fortunately I realized acting would be the only art form where I would be able to incorporate all my skills to enhance it,so acting gives me a chance to keep my other talents alive……else as a composer or writer I would have got very few opportunities to act…..
Do you have a formal training in singing or music composing? (I believe you mother is a professor of Indian Classical… could you please mention a bit about her).
My mother Dr.Prem Dave is working as a professor in Music dept.in Rajasthan University,is M.A in vocal music and M.A and Phd. in Kathak dance,she is a classical dancer and singer and as you felt that I can be called ‘multifaceted’,then I feel it must be hereditary as she too in her college days was a sargent in NCC and a science graduate (smiles).
I have a Sangeet Visharad degree,but I wont say I have just taken formal training in music,believe you me informal training in any art form is much more effective that what you call a formal customary patterened training…. She has trained me while cooking,in the car,while making me sleep,during morning walks or evening strolls or on a cup of tea….its 24*7 and you dont even realize it,so it was a sort of a formal training where a guru was always there to observe what I was doing but still I was free to experiment with my style……..
You were awarded the Best Actor Jury ITA. What does it mean to you ?
I received two nominations and the Best Actor ITA Jury award in just 10 months,…although its sad that just because of the carelessness of one employee in the unit this year, entries for the awards could not be sent in time…so this next session I will not compete for any award…
But this award has really made a difference as it makes your presence felt to the whole country as an actor and you get instant recognition for all good reasons…..
You play a Bihari don with great aplomb in Ghar Ek Sapna.. tell us how does the ‘actor prepare’?
Reality t.v. India is big nowadays. What are you views about it. Would you like to be part of a REALITY SHOW?
Every actor wants to shine on the silver screen. What are your plans?
Your couple of inquisitive questions and perseverance forced me to open up so much….it was surprisingly magical from your side to make me write so much and be so attached and concerned,i honestly had a nice time writing for you….thankyou.
AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, DARSHAN.
-Interview by Shyla Lopez