New Delhi:��Wrestler-turned-actor Danish Akhtar has made his acting debut with the popular TV show �Siya Ke Ram� where he is seen playing the role of Lord Hanuman. But he says he never thought of becoming an actor.
�I got really happy when I got this offer. I feel every wrestler is a devotee of Lord Hanuman. Even I have been his devotee since childhood,� Danish told IANS.
�I am a big devotee of Lord Hanuman, so I follow him too. I belong to Bihar. I always wanted to be a wrestler since childhood. I would be proud if I'll get to play Hanuman's role every time."
�I want to perform this character in a way that every time when a show on Hanuman is made, the makers would think of casting me first,� Danish added.
Asked about his acting debut, Danish said: �I never thought that I'll become an actor. I was more interested in wresting. I was learning wrestling from The Great Khali sir in his academy in Jalandhar (Punjab). But I never thought of acting once.�
Danish said his venture into the acting field was just a coincidence.
�I was wrestling once in Khali sir's academy. Coincidentally, director and producer of the show Nikhil Sinha was present there. He saw my show and thought that I would be perfect for Hanuman's role.�
Danish added that he is not a big follower of movies.
�I haven't seen a single film at a theatre. While wrestling, we hardly used to get time to watch films. Though I have seen some on TV and mobile. I consider Dara Singh as my idol,� he said.
�Siya Ke Ram�, aired on Star Plus, is a unique representation of Ramayana from Sita's perspective.
Actors Ashish Sharma and Madirakshi are seen playing Ram and Sita in the show.
Asked about his experience so far, Danish said: �Till now everything is going fine. There are a few problems like language and dress, but I'm loving to take up this challenge."
�Ashish is like a big brother to me. We go to the gym together. So, he usually takes health tips from me. And in return, I take acting tips from him as he has played Hanuman's role during his childhood in Ram Leelas. He is a great human being.�(IANS)