A self-made actor, Major Bikramjeet Kanwarpal hails from Solan, a small town in Himachal. He belongs to an Army background, his father being a Gallantry Award Winner of Kirti Chakra. Major Bikramjeet served the Indian Army for 12 years and due to an injury had to seek premature retirement. Having lived his first dream of serving the nation, he then decided to follow and pursue his childhood passion - Acting.
He arrived in Mumbai in 2004 with no connections and no godfathers. Nothing but just his will, grit and confidence helped him make a mark in an industry where it’s extremely tough to get a break. Besides being an incomparable actor, Bikramjeet is extremely deft in designing the interiors. Hey! Hang on! Read the interview to know more about the man with conviction.
: As you have traveled extensively around the globe, what makes India unique?
India has always had a huge impact on the world. This is because we are the oldest living civilization in the world and we still follow those traditions. Geographically diverse, India boasts the largest and highest mountain ranges of the world, the most fertile lands in the world, the Indian mainland have the coastlines exceeding 7000 km, the Eastern and the Western ghats, and the rainforests of the North East are known to be the Biodiversity Hotspots of world.
Linguistically speaking, India has more than 1600 languages with dialect changing every 16 km and the most amazing cultural and traditional distinction with every state border, boasting of a plethora of festivals which are significantly different. The rich and delectable dissimilarity in the cuisines and victuals from different belts leave your palate wanting for more. Genetically diverse, there are different skin textures and physical appearances in all four corners. No wonder why India is called the Great Sub Continent. Please do tell as to which other countries in the world can boast of such diversity to feast your eyes, tingle your taste buds, feel the nature, and to experience cultures beyond.
: One destination in India that you feel everyone must see and why?
Aurangabad left me pondering the antiquity of this quaint hamlet. The unprompted historical incredulity of Aurangabad sets it apart.
Ajanta and Ellora Caves are architectural brilliance of a bygone era which has a striking similarity to the Rock palace of Petra, Jordan. Also known as UNESCO World Heritage Site - Ellora Caves are considered to be one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world.
More than 50,000 years old Lonar Crater Lake in Buldhana district (Aurangabad) is one of the rare sites to explore as it was created due to the impact of a meteoroid.
Bibi ka Maqbara, bearing a striking resemblance to the Taj Mahal, it is an exquisite monument symbolic of Aurangzeb's 'conjugal fidelity'. It was commissioned in 1660 by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the memory of his first and chief wife Dilras Banu Begum.
The Aurangabad Fort is the most formidable and impregnable fort that has been built with a tactically sound defense system. The most discreet architectural masterpiece is indeed an eye-opener. One has to see it to believe it.
And just to add, the not so significant city of Varanasi, till you happen to know that this immortal destination is the oldest inhabited city in the world. Abounded with religion, philosophy, and culture; the ancient city must be visited at least once in a lifetime.
: India is a land of myriad festivals. Which is your favorite festival and why?
All festivals are a mode of celebration. The whole aspect of the festival should be a moment together and celebrating the success of every family member. I don’t stereotype the festivity as I believe the true essence of the festival lies in bonding and merry-making. I rather choose to exchange thoughts and ideas with my family and friends as and when I get time. I like to tell them how important they are and also pamper them with gifts without waiting for any festival to arrive.
All you need is to round up a few of your closely knitted pals and make a carnival of your own.
I have been proposing and promoting the idea of a community that contributes to feed and clothe the needy. I rather spend my money in community service than blowing it in the futility of crackers and colors.
: You were born in Himachal Pradesh. One memory of that place that keeps you connected to your roots?
I have spent my entire childhood in Himachal Pradesh. My schooling is from The Lawrence School, Sanawar near Kasauli. In retrospect, I realize the significant role it played in molding me into a person that I am today. One of the greatest learning was “Never Give In” as it was the school motto and that has possibly helped me in balancing the equilibrium of highs and lows in my life. It keeps pushing me to achieve even in the phase of obvious failure.
No matter how much you think you hate school, you will always miss those good old days.
: A moment whilst traveling when you felt nothing is far?
I have served the Indian Army for about 12 years when I took premature retirement as a Major. I have always survived through the odd circumstances, right from my sojourn in Siachen Glacier to making my way in an acting career. In my entire journey so far, I have always felt nothing is far if we don’t give up trying to do what we really want to do.
When you follow your aspiration with passion and courage, nothing is beyond the reach, nothing is really far.
: What is your travel mantra?
With time being a premium these days, I always make sure to plan my trip. I wish to discover everything that I possibly have read about a place or have been told about. And I travel light with only necessary stuff.
And I never forget my camera as I love to capture these priceless memories.
You keep a moment saved in a picture to savor it for the rest of your life.
: Actors have a busy life. How do you prepare yourself for day-to-day challenges?
Definitely busy but we have perks too. Every profession has challenges and actors are no exceptions. Keeping my priorities on a pedestal, I work on my scripts hoping that script writing would open my avenue to direction. The script on Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield of the world is ready which is inspired by true events. My father, Col. D.N. Kanwarpal is amongst the first few, Gallantry Award Winners of the country. He earned the Kirti Chakra in 1963 and I wish to pay tribute to his valor through a Major Mega Budget Film. I am diligently working on these scripts to keep my insecurities at bay. Rest all is destiny!
: Do you prefer to stay in an exotic hotel in the bustling city, a quaint resort on the outskirts?
Quaint Resorts, as long as the bed linens are clean and of course the toilet has to be spotless. Whether it is for a shoot or a leisure trip, I use the room only to sleep as I am out the entire day. I stick to basics.
: Traveling solo, with your family or friends
: An Indian dish everyone must try
The famous Tandoori Chicken
: Your favorite travel gadget
: One destination in India you can go without a second thought
Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It’s breathtaking and mesmerizing with virgin mountains that humble you.
: 3 travel essentials
Cash, Camera (with a selfie-stick) and Basic Medicines
: The exquisite souvenir you bought
A wooden carved piece of a lady and a man from Cape Town.
: Your favorite indulgence other than acting
I love to design interiors. It’s a passion more than a profession.
: Google Maps or Local folks
Largely Google Maps but Local Folks also guide you through where some times the Google Maps drive you crazy.
: Travel Guide or Travel Blogs
Travel Blogs to reach and Travel Guide, once I reach. I love the way Travel Guides narrate the story, which kind of connects you to the place beyond what you could have imagined.
: If you have a choice of planning a vacation free of cost with our circuit planner or you have to shell off money with a travel agent, what would you choose?
My leisure trips are usually self-curated. I do a lot of research through blogs and plan my own itinerary. I would definitely go with a circuit planner. I am glad to know about it now.
: If you get a chance to travel with your consort, where would you take her?
I am single, however, if I happen to find my significant other, I would take her to one of the most-loved views of London at the home of Greenwich Mean Time. I would like to propose to her standing on the world-famous Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory. Panoramic views of London, sprawling lawns, serene view of Thames -everything about this place is surreal.
Time shall halt at that moment when you find true love.
Ever since I visited London, it has become symbolic to me.
Also, 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite in Planetarium is “THE OLDEST THING THAT YOU WILL EVER TOUCH” for that’s how the Plaque reads.
: If you boarded the flight already and you realize that you have left your mobile phone at home, what would you do?
Chuck the phone! I would rather buy a basic handset and get a new SIM card. All the contacts can be recovered from Google Drive anyways. Why worry?
: If you get a month off from your busy life, which part of India would you like to cover and why?
I have to discover North East India as I have to wrap up a script that is based on my Father’s journey. The integral part of my father’s story lies there.
Bikramjeets’s suave demeanor and emotive acting skills have helped him pave his way in Tinseltown. He has contributed to substantial roles in movies such as 1971, Killer, Turning 30, Creature 3D, Short Cut Romeo, Murder 2, Rahasya, and TV / Web Series like Siyaasat, Namak Haram, Kassam, Bhaukal, Poison, Andekhi and many more. To add, he has also been the face of over 100 TV Commercials. Despite the uphill struggle in getting the roles of his choice in an industry not easy to break-through, he leaves an everlasting impression with all his performances. Even his small appearance steals the show. He truly has left many of us speechless and inspired.