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Anupamaa's Sudhanshu Pandey shares a throwback picture from his modelling days; reveals he was one of the top models in the country at the age of 21

Actor Sudhanshu Pandey, who currently winning hearts with his acting skills as Vanraj in the most watched television shows of Indian Television, recently shared a throwback photo from his modelling days. The good-looking actor took a trip down memory lane and posted an image from his young days where he can be seen walking a ramp. In the captions, Sudhanshu revealed that he was one of the top models of the country at the age of 21-22. He also mentioned in the caption that it is sometimes good to remind yourself of where you started from and where you have reached.
Sharing the photo, Sudhanshu wrote, "SOMETIMES ITS GOOD TO REMIND YOURSELF ABOUT WHERE U STARTED N WHERE YOU HAVE REACHED , SO THAT WHEN U LOOK BACK YOU LOOK UP AND THANK GOD FOR ALL THAT HE HAS BLESSED YOU WITH FOREVER GRATEFUL TO MAHAKAAL 🙏🙏🙏 THE JOURNEY BEGAN THEN N CONTINUES TILL NOW N I CANT THANK HIM ENOUGH (This photo is when I was barely 20-21 and was already one of the top models in the country ..) #model #fashion #thankgod JAI MAHAKAAL."



Recently, while talking to ETimes TV exclusively, Sudhanshu spoke about the importance and reach of Television, "I would say that the audience base of television is very different from films, web series. Television audience is very different. It largely appeals to the middle class section of our country and it is the largest. We all belong to that middle class and we all come from there. Today we might be in a better state but our ethics, values are all middle class. The kind of popularity you get from that audience obviously is at different levels all together. They see you everyday. I think most of the actors from the industry, the biggies, be it Mr Bachchan, Karan Johar or Salman Khan, their popularity increased multifold after doing television. Bachchan Saab has mostly spoken about KBC and how it revived his career. So has Salman with Dus Ka Dum and Bigg Boss because people relate Salman Khan with Bigg Boss as he spends 3/4 months of his year on television and it gives him a separate fan base. Definitely popularity is on a different level with television, I think it is a blessing."


Sudhanshu has been one of the popular names of the Indian Television and film industry. He has starred in some of the biggest hits of Bollywood like Singham, Singh Is King, Robot 2.0, Murder 2 and The Myth starring Jacky Chan amongst others. Sudhanshu has done close to 45 films in his career so far. The actor is not only known for his acting talent, but also his singing skills. He was a part of a band 'Band Of Boys'.


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  • <p>Sudhanshu Pandey, who started his journey with modelling and later shifted to doing Bollywood films, has acted in close to 44 films. He is currently one of the most popular leading men of Indian Television. His character Vanraj is a huge hit amongst the TV audience and he continues to impress them with his impeccable acting skills. The actor will now be seen reprising the role of a younger Vanraj in the prequel of Anupamaa. Sudhanshu joined ETimes TV and spoke at length about his character Vanraj, the prequel and his new look. He also talked about the hate messages and trolling he deals with because of Vanraj and the new found love and success he has received from television. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    ​Exclusive - Anupamaa's Sudhanshu Pandey on playing Vanraj and receiving hate mails: It is disturbing but if this trolling doesn’t happen I get really worried

    Sudhanshu Pandey, who started his journey with modelling and later shifted to doing Bollywood films, has acted in close to 44 films. He is currently one of the most popular leading men of Indian Television. His character Vanraj is a huge hit amongst the TV audience and he continues to impress them with his impeccable acting skills. The actor will now be seen reprising the role of a younger Vanraj in the prequel of Anupamaa. Sudhanshu joined ETimes TV and spoke at length about his character Vanraj, the prequel and his new look. He also talked about the hate messages and trolling he deals with because of Vanraj and the new found love and success he has received from television. (PC - Instagram)

  • <p>There are a lot of new, different things that people are going to see in this show. Once again the viewers will see the Vanraj household, the Shah household in a very small step up which is where Vanraj started his journey from - working hard to move ahead in life. The entire family would live together in that house and how he was enthusiastic about climbing the ladder in the corporate world. It will be a very happy family with Anupamaa, kids, all good till certain things happen and it starts to change. With a new character of Moti Ba (Vanraj's grandmother) coming in, played by the renowned, experienced and Padma Shri awardee actress Sarita Joshi ji, things will become more interesting. It is a complete honour to have her on the show. There is so much to learn from her in every scene. It is going to be very exciting to see the entire cast in a different light. Also the story will be very enlightening for the audiences as they will get to see what Vanraj and Anupamaa were 17 years ago and how it was a nice, loving family and what was that one incident that happened in Vanraj's life that completely changed him. How he became the Vanraj that he is today. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    ​On how the prequel will be different

    There are a lot of new, different things that people are going to see in this show. Once again the viewers will see the Vanraj household, the Shah household in a very small step up which is where Vanraj started his journey from - working hard to move ahead in life. The entire family would live together in that house and how he was enthusiastic about climbing the ladder in the corporate world. It will be a very happy family with Anupamaa, kids, all good till certain things happen and it starts to change. With a new character of Moti Ba (Vanraj's grandmother) coming in, played by the renowned, experienced and Padma Shri awardee actress Sarita Joshi ji, things will become more interesting. It is a complete honour to have her on the show. There is so much to learn from her in every scene. It is going to be very exciting to see the entire cast in a different light. Also the story will be very enlightening for the audiences as they will get to see what Vanraj and Anupamaa were 17 years ago and how it was a nice, loving family and what was that one incident that happened in Vanraj's life that completely changed him. How he became the Vanraj that he is today. (PC - Instagram)

  • <p>People are going to see me without a mustache after a long time. It will look a little different and the reason behind it is because the story is from 17 years ago, when Vanraj was a little younger. I am just looking like myself without a mustache. The look with the mustache in Anupamaa was given to me because I had to play a father of three grown up kids. This is a very refreshing look because on a personal level I get a lot of relief without a mustache and will be very happy without a mustache as I can smile fully. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    ​Sudhanshu on the new look

    People are going to see me without a mustache after a long time. It will look a little different and the reason behind it is because the story is from 17 years ago, when Vanraj was a little younger. I am just looking like myself without a mustache. The look with the mustache in Anupamaa was given to me because I had to play a father of three grown up kids. This is a very refreshing look because on a personal level I get a lot of relief without a mustache and will be very happy without a mustache as I can smile fully. (PC - Instagram)

  • <p>It was not an easy job anyways. Who says it is an easy job to be an actor. It is a difficult job but everybody has different levels of passion and I am very passionate about my job. For me when my directors, my AD's or my co-actors like my Bapuji (Arvind Vaidya) who is a legendary theatre personality when he comes and tells me that his family or he had tears in their eyes when they watched my scenes, it is everything for me. When he tells me that his wife watches our show and she has tears in her eyes after watching my scene and she sends her blessings, for me that is a reward. It becomes a rewarding job when people appreciate your work. And having won the Best Popular Actor award last year and Best Actor Award this year, that is also rewarding because then you know that people are recognising your hard work. It is not about money, I feel money comes in with any job that you do but when you get appreciated for what you've done and how much hard work you have put in in terms of knowing, understanding the character, it is very rewarding when people appreciate your character. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    It becomes a rewarding job when people appreciate your work

    It was not an easy job anyways. Who says it is an easy job to be an actor. It is a difficult job but everybody has different levels of passion and I am very passionate about my job. For me when my directors, my AD's or my co-actors like my Bapuji (Arvind Vaidya) who is a legendary theatre personality when he comes and tells me that his family or he had tears in their eyes when they watched my scenes, it is everything for me. When he tells me that his wife watches our show and she has tears in her eyes after watching my scene and she sends her blessings, for me that is a reward. It becomes a rewarding job when people appreciate your work. And having won the Best Popular Actor award last year and Best Actor Award this year, that is also rewarding because then you know that people are recognising your hard work. It is not about money, I feel money comes in with any job that you do but when you get appreciated for what you've done and how much hard work you have put in in terms of knowing, understanding the character, it is very rewarding when people appreciate your character. (PC - Instagram)

  • <p>It's not just about playing two different characters but Vanraj in itself is a very challenging character because I have to walk a very thin line. When my dear friend Rajan Shahi called me for this role of Vanraj, I was shooting for a web series in Kathmandu. He told me that they were planning something new and if I was open to doing television at this point in my career and I told him only if there is something great. He assured me that it is very good and it is going to change the phase of Indian television. He told me that he can't see anyone else than me fitting in the role of the male protagonist and that's why he had called me. I felt very good because he showed so much faith in me and when he told me the story I was on because it is such a brilliant grey character. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    Juggling between two characters - Vanraj is most challenging because he has to walk on a thin line

    It's not just about playing two different characters but Vanraj in itself is a very challenging character because I have to walk a very thin line. When my dear friend Rajan Shahi called me for this role of Vanraj, I was shooting for a web series in Kathmandu. He told me that they were planning something new and if I was open to doing television at this point in my career and I told him only if there is something great. He assured me that it is very good and it is going to change the phase of Indian television. He told me that he can't see anyone else than me fitting in the role of the male protagonist and that's why he had called me. I felt very good because he showed so much faith in me and when he told me the story I was on because it is such a brilliant grey character. (PC - Instagram)

  • <p>It is probably the first hero of television who is not a very good boy. It is a very difficult, complex, complicated kind of character. Most challenging because he has to walk on a thin line as he can't become a 100 percent negative person or a 100 percent positive. For me this has been a very encouraging journey because it gives me a lot of mental stimulation. I have to put in a lot of mind and instinct into it while executing the role because at any given point I don't want to look like a very negative person as the character is not like that. But sometimes the writers tend to write a line which might make me sound very negative. So I've to keep everything under control and have to pull back a lot of things in terms of striking a balance. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    Vanraj is probably the first hero of television who is not a very good boy

    It is probably the first hero of television who is not a very good boy. It is a very difficult, complex, complicated kind of character. Most challenging because he has to walk on a thin line as he can't become a 100 percent negative person or a 100 percent positive. For me this has been a very encouraging journey because it gives me a lot of mental stimulation. I have to put in a lot of mind and instinct into it while executing the role because at any given point I don't want to look like a very negative person as the character is not like that. But sometimes the writers tend to write a line which might make me sound very negative. So I've to keep everything under control and have to pull back a lot of things in terms of striking a balance. (PC - Instagram)

  • <p>Yes, I receive a lot of hate mails and messages. But it all depends on how you look at it. It is human to get disturbed with the kind of comments and the trolling that you face. But at the same time if you look at the kind of attachment the audience has with the character, they deeply get affected by everything that the character does. For instance, Anuj’s character has been made into a very good man, so people tend to believe that he is actually like that. When Vanraj is behaving in a certain way, they tend to believe that I am actually that person. That is where the trolling comes from. It is disturbing but if this trolling doesn’t happen I get really worried because then it means my character is dying. It is very important to get trolled and it is also very important to make sure that the audience love you obviously but they should also hate your character to an extent that they start sympathising with other characters because of Vanraj. If there is no hatred towards Vanraj, where is the love. That’s how I look at it. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    I receive a lot of hate mails and messages

    Yes, I receive a lot of hate mails and messages. But it all depends on how you look at it. It is human to get disturbed with the kind of comments and the trolling that you face. But at the same time if you look at the kind of attachment the audience has with the character, they deeply get affected by everything that the character does. For instance, Anuj’s character has been made into a very good man, so people tend to believe that he is actually like that. When Vanraj is behaving in a certain way, they tend to believe that I am actually that person. That is where the trolling comes from. It is disturbing but if this trolling doesn’t happen I get really worried because then it means my character is dying. It is very important to get trolled and it is also very important to make sure that the audience love you obviously but they should also hate your character to an extent that they start sympathising with other characters because of Vanraj. If there is no hatred towards Vanraj, where is the love. That’s how I look at it. (PC - Instagram)

  • <p>It does bother me and if there are very abusive messages I directly block them because they are mostly BOTs, there are accounts who mostly troll have zero followers. So I keep blocking them because I would rather not have any bad language or abusive language used on my account. I try to delete as much as possible. But I know it is a part and parcel of the job. I’ve not been part of television and I’ve done 45-46 films till now and I was not used to this kind of audience. I have no choice but to deal with it. I don’t have any regrets about it because that is in a way a kind of recognition you get when you play a character to almost perfection if I may say so. Because if I wasn’t that perfect I don’t think they would have hated me so much. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    On trolling - As I had mostly done films, I was not used to this kind of audience trolling

    It does bother me and if there are very abusive messages I directly block them because they are mostly BOTs, there are accounts who mostly troll have zero followers. So I keep blocking them because I would rather not have any bad language or abusive language used on my account. I try to delete as much as possible. But I know it is a part and parcel of the job. I’ve not been part of television and I’ve done 45-46 films till now and I was not used to this kind of audience. I have no choice but to deal with it. I don’t have any regrets about it because that is in a way a kind of recognition you get when you play a character to almost perfection if I may say so. Because if I wasn’t that perfect I don’t think they would have hated me so much. (PC - Instagram)

  • <p>I would say that the audience base of television is very different from films, web series. Television audience is very different. It largely appeals to the middle class section of our country and it is the largest. We all belong to that middle class and we all come from there. Today we might be in a better state but our ethics, values are all middle class. The kind of popularity you get from that audience obviously is at different levels all together. They see you everyday. I think most of the actors from the industry, the biggies, be it Mr Bachchan, Karan Johar or Salman Khan, their popularity increased multifold after doing television. Bachchan Saab has mostly spoken about KBC and how it revived his career. So has Salman with Dus Ka Dum and Bigg Boss because people relate Salman Khan with Bigg Boss as he spends 3/4 months of his year on television and it gives him a separate fan base. Definitely popularity is on a different level with television, I think it is a blessing. (PC- Instagram)</p>
    Be it Mr Bachchan, Karan Johar or Salman Khan, their popularity increased multifold after doing television

    I would say that the audience base of television is very different from films, web series. Television audience is very different. It largely appeals to the middle class section of our country and it is the largest. We all belong to that middle class and we all come from there. Today we might be in a better state but our ethics, values are all middle class. The kind of popularity you get from that audience obviously is at different levels all together. They see you everyday. I think most of the actors from the industry, the biggies, be it Mr Bachchan, Karan Johar or Salman Khan, their popularity increased multifold after doing television. Bachchan Saab has mostly spoken about KBC and how it revived his career. So has Salman with Dus Ka Dum and Bigg Boss because people relate Salman Khan with Bigg Boss as he spends 3/4 months of his year on television and it gives him a separate fan base. Definitely popularity is on a different level with television, I think it is a blessing. (PC- Instagram)

  • <p>I haven’t been able to give time to music. The last two years COVID took everything away and now with a daily show I haven’t got time. I love music and I am definitely going to do something very soon as far as music is concerned. There’s a lot more as an actor that I’ve to offer and I am just waiting for the right time. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    Sudhanshu on his passion music

    I haven’t been able to give time to music. The last two years COVID took everything away and now with a daily show I haven’t got time. I love music and I am definitely going to do something very soon as far as music is concerned. There’s a lot more as an actor that I’ve to offer and I am just waiting for the right time. (PC - Instagram)

  • <p>You saw our camaraderie at the party (Rupali Ganguly’s birthday), the bond between the Anupamaa star cast so that goes on to prove that most of the stuff that is written is not true. It is fabricated, it is a part and parcel of the job and at the end of the day we are going to go on the set everyday. We are going to work, eat, and laugh together. So, these reports don't make a difference and we just laugh it off most of the time. (PC - Instagram)</p>
    ​Sudhanshu on reports of rivalry with co-stars - We just laugh it off most of the time

    You saw our camaraderie at the party (Rupali Ganguly’s birthday), the bond between the Anupamaa star cast so that goes on to prove that most of the stuff that is written is not true. It is fabricated, it is a part and parcel of the job and at the end of the day we are going to go on the set everyday. We are going to work, eat, and laugh together. So, these reports don't make a difference and we just laugh it off most of the time. (PC - Instagram)

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