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WU-People Mag India Article on Barun Sobti

A written update of the entire People Magazine Article of Barun Sobti since some parts of the article are not covered in the screen shots.

[b]Days after quitting the hugely popular show IPKKND in November last year, actor Barun [/b][b]Sobti was enjoying some alone time with his wife Pashmeen in London,blissfully unaware of the hysteria he had caused back home.Daunted by Barun's angry female fans, the show's producers had abruptly pulled the plug on the soap,putting the entire cast and crew out of a job without warning. There were reports of women threatening to ransack the sets of the show and commiting suicide."I was shocked and upset.People warned me about this kind of reaction but I told them that the show's story was it's biggest plus .I thought it would go on without me."says the 29-yr-old. [/b] While most actors thrive on adulation,Barun is distinctly uncomfortable with it.In fact he studiously avoids attention."Initially,idid only print ads.I was so conscious that the photographer had to push me to pose.I didn't think I was going to make it big."confessed the actor.Even now, when mobbed by fans,Barun secretly prays that he doesn't have to sign autographs."I get nervous and shy when Iget attention," he explains,adding,"Idon't feel like a star." Yet he has already joined the league of TV stars trying to replicate their success in Bollywood. Encouraged by the achievemnets of Sushant Sing Rajput who hit the jackpot with his super-hit film Kai Po che!,Barun still has a pragmatic take on his own chances."The odds fo making it big in Bollywood are lesser than making it in TV,"he reasons. In an exclusive photo shoot to PEOPLE,his first-ever for a magazine,the reluctant star opens up on life before acting,his future in films and being married to his childhood sweetheart. The Early Years: Showbiz was never Barun's first career option. After completing his

schooling from New Delhi's St.Marks's School,he began working at just 17 to ease his father Raj Sobti's financial burden.Seven years into toiling at a call centre,he decided to give acting a go on the advice of his friends,including Karan Wahi(Dr.Sid of Dil Mill Gayee)who had already bagged TV shows.At the time Barun was an Operations Manager with Jindal Telecom and already 25 yrs old,considered too old for a debut by industry standards.His parents weren't too pleased at the idea of him switching to a career where his future was so unertain."I couldn't just leave before making sure that my parent's would still be comfortable if my income stopped coming in for a year."he says. Despite the obvious risks he decided to take a chance.

When the Going Got Tough:

Luckily for Barun his first role came easy.He landed a part in Star Plus's Shraddha(2008) while he was still in Delhi.But the show took four long months to get off the ground and when it did,its dismal ratings pulled it off air within just three months.With finances drying up,the pressure to find work was mounting on Barun."My father was getting impatient because when ever I called he sensed dejection in my voice. He gave me a couple of months more to try and make it,"he says.For Barun it was his work for the show that was most most dissapointing. When the show went off air,Ididn't cry for a second chance.Instead I told myself,"You didn't deserve to be in it." Soon after Shraddha tanked,Barun auditioned for the part of Dr.Siddhant Modi in the medical drama Dil Mil Gayye(DMG).hHis hopes to get the role were quashed the minute his childhood friend Karan(Wahi) auditioned for the same role. The producer walked into the audition and finalized Karan without even doing a look test."He felt very guilty" recalls Barun.As he underwent a series of failed audition,Barun convinced himself that he didn't have the talent to make it as an actor."Once after an audition, I was so dejected that I almost gave up." he says. Three months later, Barun got another chance to star in DMG,but this time for another part.On his potrayal of Dr. Raj Singh a drug addict,he

says,"Idon't think I did a great job but I loved the character." He finally fouind satisfaction in his work when Sony Tv's Baat Hamari Pakki Hai(2010).Playing a character that was closer to his real self gave his confidence a much-needed boost."I played a comic and that's what I've been doing all my life-making my family,friends and wife life."

Rise to Stardom: After signing IPPKND in 2011,Barun had his first brush with stardom. His potrayal of Arnav Sing Raizada,an arrogant businessman with a good heart,was a hit amongst female viewers."Through the show,I realised what kind of mamoth popularity a TV actor can have.I usually don't look around when I'm walking,but I could feel everyone's eyes on me."Even then,Barun didn't take his fame seriously till he was awarded the Best Actor (Popular) rophy at the Global Indian Films and TV Honors in 2012. Thereafter he won many others,consolidating himself as one of the topactors on TV. But he knew this dream run had to end. The punishing schedules of a daily soap began taking a toll on his health."I thought I'd die if I continued shooting for over 12 hrs a day."he says. While his fans were going hysterical with the news of his exit,the atmosphere on the sets was quite emotional."On my last day, all the technicians and spot boys wanted to hug me.They said they had never seen an actor who was so popular and grounded at the same time.That really overwhelmed me."

The Bollywood Dream: Contrary to rumours Barun denies giving up on his TV career to pursue Bollywood.Even now,with two films in the pipeline,he's open to doing a TV show when the right project comes along.Film offers had begun pouring in while he was still on the show,but he enver considered a full-time career."For a non actor like me ,getting even a break in TV was bleak"says Barun,who signed Main aur Mr.Riight opposite Shehanaz Treasury last February. He hopes his 2nd film,Mitali Ghoshal's 22yards, in which he plays a cricket agent, will be the real game changer."Unlike Main Aur Mr. Riight,I'm not working in double shifts with IPKKND.So if I don't do well in this one then

I'll deserve to have my ass kicked,"he says laughing.

My Childhood Sweetheart: Barun's earliest memory of his wife Pashmeen Manchanda is when they were in class 9.She had joined his class after moving from an all girl's school and since then, Barun has had eyes only forher.There was a bunch of hot girls that came to our school and Pashmeen was one of them.If she would be standing at the door of the class chatting with a friend,I used to frequently walk past her top drink water."he recalls. As they got closer, Barun knew he had found his life partner, but Pashmeen needed convincing.When she moved to Australia to study finance at La Trobe University,the couple decided to make theirs a long -distance relationship.We'd meet once a year and a couple of years, we didn't meet at all."he says adding."But I used to love missing her. It was heartening that we were so much in love even though we didn't get to see each other that often." In December 2010, the couple tied the knot in a simple ceremony with just their families in attendance. Barun, who was busy shooting for Baat Hamari Pakki Hai,squeezed a day off from work.'She's very accomodating.But she used to ask me to take time off and I always made sure I got at least one day off to be with her."She's equally understaning of Barun's growing female fan following and the constant controversies,Recently Barun was bothered by speculation that they were getting divorced.But when I called Pashmeen and said ,"Do you know people think we are getting divorced?"she answered."Yeah,I think so too. You were supposed to cal me five hours back."That's how cool she is." he says with a smile.

Moments of Truth: The First Autograph "We were shooting for Baat Hamari Pakki Hai in Mussorie and people recognized me from DMG since the show was hot favourite. I was so awkward signing autographs that the still photographer on the set took pictures of my conscious expression. I always pray that I don't have to sign autographs because my handwriting is so bad. I had to convince fans to take pictures with me instead." Getting Mobbed at A wedding:

In December last year ,at my cousin's wedding, it got so bad that they pushed me out of the venue. I attended the rest of it sitting inside my car, sneaking a peek at the jaymala and the pheras." Meeting His Idol: "Sachin Tendulkar is the only person who I wouldn't mind walking up to and telling him what a big fan I am. Once we were in Film City and Sachin was shooting for an ad in the next studio. When he walked past us. Sanya (Irani) told him I was a big fan. I just ran to the back of my van and refused to come out. I was like a 14 yr old fangirl. Sanaya had to stop Sachin thrice before I mustered the courage to shake his hand." Being Called Unattractive: Very recently, I was on a flight when an airhostess wanted a photograph with me. She asked the pilot to click it and he thought since the engine was whir-ring ,I would not be able to hear him when he said "Iski photo leni hai?(laughs). But that does not bother him because the number of people who think I am good looking are far more."

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