Manuj Walia, a talented actor from Solan, Himachal Pradesh. Manuj is a very Happy-Go-Lucky and a positive human being to interact with. From beginning he was actively involved with cultural activities since his youth days. He has worked in many serials where Saavdhan India and Devon k dev Mahadev are among them. Subsequently he worked in few movies and also worked in various T.V commercials. Manuj Walia shared his experiences with us :
Tell Us something about your Childhood?
I’m born and brought up in Solan. I did my schooling and college education from Solan itself. In my school I used to be a dynamic student. Since my college days I was actively involved with Art & Culture. I was the star of mimicry since my school days.
How did you start your career?
I started my career participating in my college activities like Drama and Modelling. I was always fond of cultural program and activities. I was a good mimicry artist i often used to mimic my teachers. My principal always inspired me to choose an acting fiels as i was good at it. But things were not that easy as it seemed. It was really tough for me to choose my career in this field. I belong to a very basic family form himachal. But i really appreciate my parents and brother for supporting me.
In 2008 I finally moved to Mumbai, the city of dreams. I was new here but my friend Vijay Kashyap was a biggest support for me. He helped through out my tough times in Mumbai. I appeared for numbers of auditions got rejected many times but i never lost hope, Luckily after 3 months of struggle I got my first break in a Magic show called “Yugesh Sarkar” in Utv Bindaass.
After that i kept getting work and I created my space in Hindi film industry I got opportunity to become a part of so many brands like TVS, Uninor, Samsung, Godrej,
What about Your Award winning film “Machis Hai Kya” and the entry in TV Serials?
I would like to mention about my first short film “Machis Hai Kya” by Susheel Mehta. Its an award winning film and really close to my heart. This film won Best Short Film Award in Shimla International Film Festival 2015 and Rajasthan International Festival 2016. People appreciated me for this film and it was kind of inspiration for me. This film was about the question of whether suicide is an answer for everything or do we actually need to look at further logics?. The film is about a guy dealing with a loss. Annoyed and disturbed by stranger’s palpable attempt to strike a conversation, he decides to confront him. Little does he know that this day is going to turn his life around forever and for good.
I did many of the TV Serials like Jai Jai Jai Bajrangbali, Madhubala, Haunted Nights, Mahima Shani Dev Ki, Devon K Dev mahadev, Saavdhan India, Maharana Pratap, Mr n Mrs Tendulkar and many more to come. I did few films like “Love Exchange” 2015, “Chudail Story” 2016, “Ramakrishna Pramahans” – unreleased and many more projects are lined up for 2017.
Your thoughts for Pahari Cinema?
For Pahari cinema I am really very positive. I am desperate to see our state to come out in a very big level we are rich in everything culture, tradition, we need to improve our film making quality and it is improving day by day and i can see that lots of film makers are coming from Himachal. I am completely dedicated to my state and for its betterment in film industry.
Your plan for working in Himachal?
My plans for working in Himachal is as always in my priority list. I’m proud to be a Pahari and if I could do something in Pahari Cinema, I would love to do that. One more thing which is heartfelt is Govt. should take initiative and come forward to support Pahari Cinema.
Where do u see yourself in future?
My goal is to achieve the name and fame. People should know me for my work and acting. I wnat to get a fame as a versatile actor. I have as such no goals particularly when i achieve one of my goal then i decide and set the other that is what is my mantra of life.