Mypencildotcom: What inspired you to become an actor?
Perneet Chauhan: Actually, acting was not my planned career. One day, my friend suggested that I should try acting because I always used to do mimicry and all. I randomly started my profession in acting, got a few contacts, and luckily, I got my first serial and everything is going well now.
Mypencildotcom: Do you enjoy being famous?
Perneet Chauhan: Yes obviously, everyone enjoys being famous and even I loved to be appreciated for my work. I enjoy being in front of the camera and I’ve craved for it, so I think getting appreciated for your work through all your ups and downs is all that everyone wants.
Perneet Chauhan: Honestly, I don’t remember getting any negative feedback. It’s just that people get too much connected with the character or the story that they resemble it as a real-life story. I played a character in “Rab ne Mila di Jodi” in which I slapped my co-actor Sameer, and people started commenting how can I slap him, you’re a bad person, etc. This is the only negative feedback that I’ve ever got.
Mypencildotcom: Whom do you consider as your role model?
Perneet Chauhan: I’ve two role models in my life. First is my father, because he is a living Buddha and sometimes, I found it very unreal as to how can he be like this. He inspired me in every step and guide me. The other one is my mentor and he is the right teacher in my life.
Mypencildotcom: What’s the best part of your work?
Perneet Chauhan: The best part of my work is the love from my audience. It’s very worthful when I get appreciated for what I do. Even when I get one message from any fan, I feel very grateful.
Mypencildotcom: If one thing you could change about social media, what would it be?
Perneet Chauhan: One thing I could change about it is, the kind of pressure it brings along with it. As an actor, our credibility couldn’t be seen from the views of our posts or reels. That shouldn’t be included in our qualifications.
Mypencildotcom: What’s the biggest learning experience you’ve had?
Perneet Chauhan: When I started my career, I didn’t have any training in acting, it was very tough for me. It was more of a learning period for me and after that, I did a couple of courses to brush up and understand the acting. In general, I experienced dealing with the people I meet in my daily life. It was a major learning experience for me.
Mypencildotcom:The entertainment industry is said to be full of stress and pressure; what do you do to tackle the pressure that comes with your work?
Perneet Chauhan: Yes, it’s a reality that there is a lot of pressure and stress because you don’t know when you’re going to get your next job. It’s everyday work of not giving up and giving your 100% like giving auditions and approaching people. For me, a big help is talking it out. I love to share my feelings with my close ones. Second thing is, I practice Buddhism because I get immense strength from practicing and chanting.
Mypencildotcom: What was your motivation behind a successful actor?
Perneet Chauhan: I’m a very heartful person, and I’m very proud of it because I can feel more. For me, if it brings happiness from the inside, it automatically motivates me. However tough it gets; I don’t want to give up. I just want to try and try.
Mypencildotcom: Have you progressed in your acting career as you have expected?
Perneet Chauhan: No, I’m hungry for much more. The journey has been up and down, there has been a time when it’s been very smooth and there has been a time when it’s not good. I don’t know I’m satisfied or not but I’m always hungry for more.
Mypencildotcom: Any advice you would like to give to upcoming actors?
Perneet Chauhan: There is no strategy or formula but if it is your passion, give it a shot and don’t ever look back in life. For me, regret is the biggest thing. Be it my career or personal life, I never regret it. Go out and do whatever I like to do, never wait for miracles to happen. Just give it your all if it’s your passion and don’t listen to anyone.
Mypencildotcom: Any advice you would like to give to the budding artist of the social media generation?
Perneet Chauhan: Social media is very good and a working platform for most of us but don’t let it control you and become bigger than who you are. Don’t let it define you. Till the time you enjoy it, it’s very good but doesn’t take it very seriously.
Mypencildotcom: What are all your hobbies other than acting?
Perneet Chauhan: When I’m free, I want to do something for animals. I want to volunteer for animal shelters but because of the pandemic, I have to stop. I want to do something for them and I love spending time with them. Also, I love traveling in Jungles.