Papa started my training at a very young age and it was not an age when you consider your career options. Since childhood, it was just wrestling. I grew up seeing my sisters (Geeta and Babita) train. So taking up any other sport or occupation never really crossed my mind. When I was 8-year-old, I had thought of quitting wrestling. I was very young to put through such a regime (by my father) and I often used to tell mummy that I can’t take it anymore. She used to console me by saying it’s just a matter of three years and I should continue with the training. It happened over a course of many years that she kept consoling me by saying it was a matter of three years and now I am really happy that her ‘three years’ brought the best out of me.
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Being a techie with an engineering background, Manish Raisinghan says acting happened by accident. “I was picked by my seniors to participate in inter-college fashion show as they were short of one model and they chose me to fill in that gap and I happened to be selected as the best male model which somehow started my journey. It was never really a part of the plan. Acting was again an unplanned move. The opportunity not just came knocking but made sure I own it for life.
I grew up in Shillong, and like any other family, my father wanted me to be a doctor. When I told him that I wanted to be a musician, he flipped. I went to St. Columbus in Delhi. I went to England after Class 10 to learn music. I was supposed to come back, because we didn’t have money. I told my mother to sell the house, because I was so confident, but she didn’t. Miraculously, a very kind lady decided to be my fairy Godmother, and benefactors.
I never wanted to be an actor. I was very reserved and shy. Even today, I am very shy behind the camera. I became an actor almost by accident and when I started out, I didn’t know anything about the industry. But when I take up something, I give it my best shot. It was a struggle to go through all those auditions and deal with rejections but finally it’s all worth it. To learn the nuances of the craft, I did theatre for a few years and even learnt Bharatanatyam for six months. I also acquired post production skills like editing before becoming an actor.
Former US President Barack Obama once revealed how emotional it was to say goodbye to his eldest daughter, Malia, when she went away to college. “For those of us who have daughters, it just happens fast. I dropped off Malia at college, and I was saying to Joe and Jill (Biden) that it was a little bit like open-heart surgery. I was proud that I did not cry in front of her but on the way back, the Secret Service was off, looking straight ahead, pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose. It was rough.” Obama said the moment was “a reminder that, at the end of our lives, whatever else we’ve accomplished, the things that we’ll remember are the joys that our children — and hopefully way later, our grandchildren — bring us.”