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I left my studies for Bollywood: Robin Sohi

July 15, 2018 Yogesh Mishra

Actor Robin Sohi debuted from film ‘Ekta’ but his second movie ‘Raja Abroadiya’ released first. He is basically from a small village of Haryana but the magic of Bollywood compelled him to come to Mumbai in the age of just 17. Before working in films, he joined a theatre group. Initial failure forced him to do the job for his survival in Mumbai like city so he joined few casting directors to earn money. Very soon time took a u-turn for the actor and he got his first film in a lead role. Now his debut film 'Ekta' is set to release in August, 2018. In a candid interview with Yogesh Mishra, he spoke about his struggle period in Bollywood, working experience with co-actor Navneet Kaur Dhillon, future projects and more... 

How were your school days?

Basically I’m from a small village of Karnal district (Haryana). My family has a farming background. My father is working in a media co. I completed my schooling from my village but I ended up my studies after 12th and could not go to college.

When did you plan to join Bollywood?

I’m basically from a farmer's family so my father wanted me to explore myself in some different field. We used to listen Punjabi songs so people normally influence me to become a model / actor but nobody knew how to enter into this industry. That is how I got interest into this field and one day I decided to come to Mumbai.

How did you start your journey here in Mumbai?

After 12th I left my studies for Bollywood & came to Mumbai to become an actor in the age of just 17. I applied in an acting institute here in Mumbai online and took Rs. 10,000/- with me and came here. I stayed here with my friend in PG (Paying Guest). My initial 2-3 years were very tough.

Did that acting course help you in getting role in films?

No. Wherever I gave audition, casting directors used to tell me that 'bhai acting seekh ke aao’ (go & learn acting). I told them that I have learned it. I have spent a lac of rupees in learning it but they said 'this is not acting’. Meanwhile someone suggested me to do theatres so I joined theatre group. After that I also joined few casting directors to earn money for my survival.

So, how did you get your first break in Bollywood?

I had given so many auditions earlier so one day I got a call for film 'Ekta'. Fortunately I was fit into that role so they confirmed me for this film. The very next day I went to Kerla for the shoot. This is how I got my first break. After that I got a chance in another film Raja Abroadiya. Although I got my first break in Ekta but Raja Abroadiya is my first released film.

‘Ekta’ is going to release this month. What are your expectations from this film?

This is my first film so I have very high expectations from this film. I have not seen this film yet but I know this is genuinely very nice movie. This is very good story. Audience will just love it.

How was your working experience with your co-actor Navneet Kaur Dhillon, who is Ex. Miss India?

Before I met her, I heard about Navneet through media when she won Miss India beauty contest in 2013. I have a very good working experience with her. Both being from a Punjabi background, we had good understanding. She has a very helping nature.

How much do you have the romance angle with her in this film?

In the beginning only there is a romantic song in the film which is sung by Arman Malik. Till interval film has romantic scenes after that thrill starts.

What next after ‘Ekta’?

I have another film. We just shot the song of that movie. 


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