The delicious combination of fafda and jalebi on Dussehra is difficult to resist

There is no need to introduce Shantanu Maheshwari. It has been an eventful journey for the young actor, who made his acting debut with the shows Dil Dosti Dance, piqued viewers' interest with his roles in a few reality shows, web series, and short feature films, and is now basking in the praise for his work in the Alia Bhatt-starring film Gangubai Kathiawadi. Shantanu recently had a fun conversation with us while he was in the city for a garba event and promoting his most recent music video.

I have loved the Durga Puja in Kolkata my entire life. It was a wonderful experience to visit Ahmedabad for the first-time during Navratri. Like how it is at Pujo pandals in Kolkata, it appeared as though the entire city of Ahmedabad had descended upon garba venues. Like Kolkata, Ahmedabad exudes a festive atmosphere. I am aware of the do taali, teen taali, dodiyu, and many other dance steps because everyone knows how much I love to dance, but what was novel to me was comprehending the entire sequencing the partygoers managed. I had a great time learning some new techniques as well.

On this trip, I discovered that eating this snack on Dussehra marks the end of the Navratri fast, which is an intriguing tradition. Even though I've tried fafda and jalebi in Mumbai, this delicious mix of sweet and savoury flavours was even better here, especially when paired with that raw papaya salad, which was just too good! I almost had the snack for dinner because my team and I overindulged in our happiness. "I'M GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE LOVE MY FANS AND AUDIENCE SHOWED ON ME FOR MY DEBUT FILM," the person said.

After the release of Gangubai Kathiawadi, life has changed drastically. I'm happy that people accepted me for the part of Afsaan, and I genuinely value the support I got from the audience. Life is unpredictable; I never imagined that I would be making my acting debut alongside Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It seemed unreal. When you accomplish something worthwhile, your entire acting career feels worthwhile, and this film qualifies. I am too excited about my upcoming new project to reveal it just yet, but I do have one lined up.

NO SMALL SCREEN PROJECTS FOR ME AT THIS TIME I've learned from my experience that if you have talent, people will notice it. It is not difficult to pass up an opportunity to shine in the spotlight thanks to social media, the OTT boom, and viral videos. I believe I have completed almost all the work on my to-do list. Whether it be opportunities for small screen work, reality television, social media, videos, short films, web series, you name it, I have worked on many of those components to develop my identity. But my work on the small screen has shaped who I am. Although I am grateful for all the opportunities I have received from the medium, I don't anticipate any challenging or exciting opportunities on television soon. I'm taking a break from it as a result, and I don't have any plans to return during this phase. However, as the saying goes, "never say never," because you never know what will happen next.

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