Proud to walk the ramp with his traditional turban and the beard look Chandigarh based model Tejeshwar Singh the Sikh model has yet again attracted the shutterbugs for the Lakme Fashion Week 2016 where he presented the collection by Shantanu and Nikhil and also Kunal Rawal.
GhaintPunjab talks to the chiseled face Sikh model Tejeshwar Singh about his journey from a boy next door to the becoming one of most sought after Sardaarjis on the ramp:
So when did the whole fashion parade begin?
“In 2010 I participated in the Mr and Mrs Punjab University contest and I won it, also in 2011 while I was doing my MBA from UIAMS, PU I won Punjab International Week which was judged by Neeru Bajwa and there on I gained confidence that I can give a try to modelling,” explains Tejeshwar.
Back then I wasn’t in shape and never thought that I could walk the ramp, but one day when a designer came up to me saying that I wasn’t fit to participate, was when I got startled. I worked hard and then participated for UTV Bindaas reality show Superdude. I was one of the finalists for the show which was judged by Ashmit Patel.
What followed next?
“I got a call from Farhan Akhtar’s team for a short stint in the movie Fukrey and with that I gained more limelight. Then I auditioned for another Bollywood movie Desi Magic (2013) and bagged a role as Amisha Patel’s brother, but this one is yet to release,” quips Tejeshwar.
How did your ad world journey begin?
“I moved to Mumbai in 2014 and finally started auditioning for advertisements. By God’s grace I landed up with good brands like Monte Carlo, Birla Sun Life insurance, Hero bikes, Domino’s and many more and thus good assignments with named directors came into my kitty,” replies the young guy.
Tejeshwar never says no to an assignment. He tries to experiment with every role offered to him which makes the ball fall in his court as he grabs majority of them. He has done short roles in shows like MTV’s Nadaan Parindey, SONY’s Bade Bhaiya Ki Dhulhaniya and also did a Punjabi movie Patta Patta Singhan Da Vaeri and yet many more.
Breaking all kind of stereo types about Sikh guys, this Punjabi who belongs to a middle class family, thinks that no role is small, be it an advertisement, a TV show or a movie.
“Yes there are times when I am interrupted during a screen test for being a Sikh guy but then I try to patiently explain to the team that we are equally talented,” narrates Tejeshwar.
What’s your take on Sikh models not being offered substantial roles
“I had always felt sorry for our community for getting comic roles and not serious ones, but I guess now times are changing. Take for example Diljit Dosanjh’s role in Udta Punjab. But still, a lot more has to be done for us to grab substantial roles and I will not stop because I believe hard work can change times and approach as well.
The moment when you’re on the ramp?
“It’s an amazing feel altogether and I just love it. I feel that people have gathered in numbers just to see me spark that fire on the ramp,” laughs Tejeshwar.
Practice definitely makes a man perfect and despite no training in modelling, he manages to walk in a style of his own and still make heads turn.
“However you walk, just walk with pure confidence,” suggests Tejeshwar.
With a demanding profession like Modelling which needs a fit body and strict diets, how do you manage your Punjabi taste buds, especially in winters?
“I love to eat Butter chicken, Butter naan, Sarson Da Saag and Makki Di Roti when I am back home in Chandigarh but I never miss my work out,” says Tejeshwar.
Being a Punjabi why don’t you try roles in Pollywood?
“According to me, no new comers are given a chance in Punjabi industry. I would love to act in one of the Punjabi movies or videos but the scenario is such that only typical repetitive faces are seen, thus diminishing the chances of new faces,” explains Tejeshwar.
Your Punjabi swag…
Kidaan, Kiven Aa, kaala kurta pyjama paake bullet de utte gedi but all is possible only in Chandigarh.
Your definition of fashion…
Fashion is all about carrying anything you wear with confidence and yet stay calm and composed. Personally, I love wearing fitted clothes as I have a lean figure.
In 2014 this Sikh guy walked the Lakme Fashion Week for Arjun Khanna and this year when he walked for Shantanu and Nikhil, Riteish Deshmukh was the showstopper and for Kunal Rawal, Ranbir Kapoor was the eye candy.
“It made me feel that this is the place to be. I am walking with the stars and also one gets to learn a lot,” says Tejeshwar.
“Punjabian Di Aan Te Shaan, the turban and non shaven beard is the USP for Sikh models, I always put forward this point that no Sikh should cut his hair or shave his beard to be on the ramp. It’s our culture and we should be proud of it.”
What’s your say about Namo’s Demonetization move against black money?
“I am totally in support of the move. People with black money should feel the pain of those who shed a lot for earning an honest living. There are some initial hiccups but soon things will come on track,” signs out Tejeshwar.
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