Nimesh Balaji Shinde has been active in theatre since his college days. He has performed several plays and won many awards as an actor. Calm and composed by nature, he always makes sure that he performs every role in its best form. He makes efforts to understand every character and has the best outcome.
What was your big break?
My big break was the debut Hindi feature film, “The Great Indian Escape – Khule Aasmaan Ki Oar.” It was a proud moment for me when the film was first screened in Delhi, in the presence of CAS ACM B.S. DHANOA the chief of Indian Airforce.
What was the most difficult role that you’ve played?
It would be playing the role of Flying Officer Vidhyadar Chati, in my debut film. He is a real-life Indian Airforce Pilot & 1971 War veteran. I had to lose 13kgs to look like him! My hard work paid off during the film’s screening when Mr Chati’s sister called me Vidhya, his nickname, which I wasn’t aware until then.
Who has been your pillar of support?
My family members who have made numerous sacrifices for me and, my friends who have stood by me like a rock. I also owe everything to my father who allowed me to dream and supported me in my decision of becoming an actor. I miss him a lot.
If you could play the role of any profession, what would it be?
I would love to play the role of a superhero with superpowers; if you consider it a profession. Or else the role of a sportsman – an athlete or a boxer!
A message for those who look up to you as a role model
Dream, believe, don’t quit and be grateful.
It all starts with a dream. Plant your dream in your mind and water it every day with your efforts and hard work. Believe in yourself and love yourself because if you don’t then no one will. Also, never ever give up, no matter how badly you fail. Always try again.
Be thankful for all the little things in your life.
What do you have to say about the current state of the Media?
Media is reaching almost everyone on this planet today. If used smartly then, I believe, it is the most important tool to bring about change. Just like food, clothing and shelter; media has become a necessity these days.
What was your inspiration to start acting?
I wanted to act in an inter-school drama competition but my teachers selected only the popular guys from the school. I was an introvert and one believed that I could act. But, I believed, if they can act then so can I. I wanted to prove them wrong.
Which role would you have declined, if given a choice?
I don’t regret doing any of my roles. I’ve learnt something or the other from all the characters I have played till date. As an actor, I don’t wish to limit myself. I want to keep growing as an actor and as well as a human being.
What was the turning point of your career?
My role in Sacred Games Season 2. I have been getting congratulatory messages from my friends across the world. After being associated with Netflix, I think people have started to further believe in my acting skills.
Whom do you aspire to be like?
I aspire to be like Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio. All of them are so talented and lucky to play so many different types of characters in their lives. I wish to play as many different characters as I can.
- An Interview with Nimesh Balaji Shinde – An Accomplished Theatre & Movie Actor - September 11, 2019