"I am a dreamer & I dream large, big & king-size!" - Manish Raisinghani blogs

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Posted on: 24 August 2009 at 12:00am

Hey guys,

Well guys, today I would like to share my little small journey with all you lovely people out there. It just takes me into the whole flashback thingi with all those memorable experiences and situations which has made me what I am!

I was born & brought up in Ajmer. I was a super naughty and mischievous kid. I would bully other kids & boss over them. The number of pranks I have played are too many & the count is still on... ask my co-stars! LOL I studied from class 8 onwards in Pune & did my engineering from there as well. In fact even my modeling phase started from Pune. I took part in an inter-college festival & was spotted as a potential while wlaking the ramp. Thus, Grasim happened for me!

I was groomed & trained for the runway. It proved lucky for me & I won three titles besides runner up- Most photogenic, Best smile & Best dressed male. It had never happened before in Grasim's history so it was quite an achievement. Smile Then I obviously came to the city of dreams - Mumbai.

I still pursued my engineering back in Pune & travelled back & forth daily to balance my studying & modeling. Those were crucial and struggling days where I would have to shell out at least 100Rs. a day for travelling etc. My pocket was not very sufficient then, & the train journeys were tiresome. Dead Engineering being a demanding line to study was becoming tougher, with the nonstop submissions, assignments, journal work, tests, finals etc. Somehow, I managed giving my all to both by juggling them & after modeling in Mumbai, I went to Turkey. I was based there for a year, doing international brands. After that, I came back to Mumbai where Balaji happened for me, starting with 'Kahin Kisi Roz'. Then followed 'Kahin To Hoga', 'Kehna Hai Kuch Mujhko', all thanks to Ekta!

A few more came up and at the moment; I'm having a wonderful time with 'Hum Dono Hai Alag Alag'. Talking about Hum Dono Hain Alag Alag, every single day on the sets is a delight & great fun. Something bizarre that I'm unconsciously doing is, is boosting the chewing gum sales! As funny & strange as it sounds, it is a fact! Every time I'm about to do a shot with any of my co-stars, the others pop a gum into their mouth before we start! I ignored it for a while, but later realized it is because they all think I'm very particular & picky when it comes to breath. They are under the impression that I need my co-star to have a fresh breath. Which obviously would be great but I'm not fussy about it! My ex co-star Kadambari, who is extremely professional & inspirational, would use mouthwash & Listerine & floss & all kinds of dental-care hygiene after every meal. Also, I don't eat onions, garlic etc on sets to avoid bad breath & any form of discomfort for my colleagues when shooting. So keeping these two things in mind, our entire cast & crew had the idea that I'm a fanatic for fresh breath! It's a funny misconception. But as long as I'm helping two industries, television & chewing gum simultaneously, I'm happy Wink

As far as the future goes, I am not a very calculative, sketched out person where I have my future figured out. But I am a dreamer & I dream large & big & King-size! Fingers crossed, I hope to progress into films some day. I am meeting people & doing my bit to get it sorted so hopefully, Bollywood will welcome me soon too.

Anyways guys, thank you so much for all the love and adulation you have given us. It feels really different and amazing blogging here to all you guys. It's my first ever blog and I am really looking to forward to all your comments and views, so keep posting!



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  • Posted on: 21 October 2009 at 5:26pmdusty

    Yo bad boy u really given rajshri a hard time playing hard to get. Poor lass(girl). well its not fair in U.k coz here we are bit behind on the dramas then india. i really njoyed u in the other shows you have done. take care of yourself and FANs (THAT ME)!

  • Posted on: 25 September 2009 at 6:08pmbewafa

    I really liked reading this blog.
    It kinda opened up a small window to show who you are as a person. All these tid bits were extremely interesting, like you spent one year in Turkey and the chewing gum fiasco. LoL

    I really like your acting right now in HDHAA, the way you expressed your pain in the wedding episode, without saying anything and just letting your eyes do the talking...awesomeness!

    And it's sad, that Adi, who used to be such a sweetheart and so happy all the time is now so depressed that he rarely speaks!

    But we know that Mallika is going to come back, either because Pinkesh is bankrupt or he's sick of her, and that will cause problems between Adi and Rajshree...but in the end you will choose Rajshree. I can't wait for those episodes! hehehe

    So yeah, please continue writing these blogs, they're really cool and good luck for staying all gussa for many episodes to come. lol

    p.s. from your blog, it seems as if there are many aspects of yourself that you have brought into playing Adi.
  • Posted on: 04 September 2009 at 5:53amaakritisood10

    hi manish it's really gud tht u hav shared such a wonderful experience wid us i saw u first in Kahin toh Hoga..u was awesome wid the character of Varun as u replaced ejaz Khan....ya but 1 thng tht fans wants frm this show is plz varun ko lens laga do na n make him more presentable i knw tht it's a theme tht Hum dono hai Alag-2 but alag-2 can be in different way also...not in looks!!!
    plz do somethng v really appriciate Yash Pandit n u...n hate tht mallika as well as rajshri..i mean mehak she is not at his best in acting moreover we can say tht heractng is not prooving her may be dressing is a part b/w her...change her dressing style also by talking 2 the production house
    1 more thng take 8 pm slot aswe can easily see u thre coz 10 Pm is mostly busy 4 every1..n we can't say tht tke 8:30 or 9 as both r fab shows n fav too
  • Posted on: 03 September 2009 at 3:43amparul2999

    Since I'm studying Engineering as well I can totally sympathise with all the hard work you had to put in! But I am really glad you ended up in HDHAA as I adore Adi - you play the character so well, especially I adore how much Adi loves and cares for his brother Varun. All the best for the future <3
  • Posted on: 02 September 2009 at 4:39amammygurl

    awww manish....all the best
  • Posted on: 30 August 2009 at 2:43pmyazzy07

    Hii manish, itz really cool and sweet knwin abt ur story, and i luv watchn u on t.v. u totaly rockkk and keep entertainin us............

    luv yasmin ur fan.xxxx
  • Posted on: 28 August 2009 at 1:57amjugnu.puru

    love manish!!!!!!all the good luck to u and u really rock as adi....and keep writing as we love to read from you...

    ur fan....
  • Posted on: 26 August 2009 at 11:48pmragzz.

    Wow Manish! this is so cool! thanks so much for taking out time and writing ur blog, we really appreciate it as HDHAA fans and ur show Rocks and u rock as Adi!
  • Posted on: 26 August 2009 at 10:07amKnowalot2

    Awesome blog entry! Loved reading this...now for my huge fan essay *evil laugh* for u to read as ur homework

    I totally love ur acting in the show

    ..ur character Adi does need to be a bit more friendly towards poor Rajshri :( ...be nicer towards her Adi ;) ...

    ur acting in Kahiin to Hoga was fab as the 2nd...and I liked ur jodi with Mehek too...although they did break up in the end :S ..but hopefully everything will be fine in the Rajshri-Adi story :)

    I read that u've also come 4th in the Mr India competition! That's defo an achievement...I think Karan Singh Grover (Dr Armaan from DMG) also came 4th too in that contest - diff. year probz. - but u both are the best actors on telly atm

    quite a coincedence...u both were father and son in KTH..and now here... and I've watched ur other shows too (fab job in all)!!!

    Thanks 4 blogging Manish ! gives a chance for the viewers to know a bit more abt the actors in real - and the chewing gum bit was hilarious :)

    Keep it up and Keep smiling -ur fans love ur acting in the show!
  • Posted on: 25 August 2009 at 10:56amjyothi_cool

    it feels nice to hear frm u
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Hum Dono Hain Alag Alag is the story of two odd couples, how they come together, their conflicts and how they work around the strange situation they find themselves in. Very simply, it is a reflection of how hilarious life can be.