Actor Wants To be A Soldier After Watching Border: After playing a cop as well as army personnel in films, Lucknow-based actor Santosh Shukla said it is through films that he is living out his dream of serving the nation. He said, “As a teenager when I saw Border (1997), I was very keen to join the Indian Army. I learned that nothing should be above the nation for us. We have seen in the past that when it comes to doing something for our country, we all stand united no matter what happens. ,
Talking about his journey from Lucknow to films, Shukla says, “I had a passion for films and wanted to see myself on screen… so I decided to pursue acting as a full-time career. Being an artist, I am living the dream of serving my country through entertainment. I still enjoy driving in the cantonment area during my Lucknow visits. I believe that even without uniform we can do our job. I can try my best to help the country in every possible way!”
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Bigg Boss fame Santosh recalls, “I played the role of a Garhwal regiment soldier Dilbag Singh in the film Khatoon which was based on the Indo-China war. We shot for 25 days in the interiors of Himachal Pradesh in 2017. I also lost 16 kgs to play the lead role but unfortunately the film could not release. Then with ‘Bachchan Pandey’ I got a chance to play the role of ACP Suryakant Mishra. Wearing a uniform is really special for me.”
Shukla recently shot for the second schedule of the long short film Gulabi Reverie in Lucknow with co-actors Lekha Prajapati, Nazia Hussain and Akanksha Pandey. He told, “We will shoot a song by the end of this month. Also, we will start shooting for another feature film with Sajid’s (Nadiadwala) brother as well as 60-minute web-film Miyan Majboor Hai in Lucknow later this year.” He has also appeared in ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Dabangg 3’.
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