Actor Sumeet Vyas turns a year older, here are five things that make him the digital star he is
He is known as the affable Mikesh from Permanent Roommates and as Chandan from TVF Tripling. Sumeet Vyas is among the most likeable and followed actors on the web because of his memorable roles and performance. Sumeet also made his way into cinema as Kareena Kapoor Khan's fiancé Rishabh in Veere Di Wedding. However, not many in the audience will know that while he is admired more as an industry insiders will tell you he is among the most sought after writers in the digital world. As Sumeet turns 36, here’s looking at five things you didn’t know about him.
Middle class boy
Contrary to popular belief, Sumeet didn’t have the big bucks to back him. He comes from a middle class family of writers and was raised in a humble environment. Growing up in Bhayender, he studied at a local school. Because of this upbringing, his core middle class values are strong which shows in the approach of his characters - ambitious yet grounded. He quips, "Growing up I hated privileged people!" - pointing to the fact that they are often devoid of drive.
Rooted in theatre
Sumeet aspired to be a pilot as a kid but his passion for performance arts was so strong that through his teenage years, he kept getting more clear about his true calling. He was 17 when he first started working with Nadira Babbar and spent a large part of his career learning the nuances of writing and acting on stage. He was 20 when he directed his first play.
Small steps to big stardom
Quitting a lucrative television career wasn’t an easy move for Vyas but he wanted to get over the sense of redundancy that comes with the platform. He moved to movies starting with small roles in films like Jashn and Aarakshan till Sridevi starrer English Vinglish put the spotlight on him. His major acting breakthrough came with TVF's Permanent Roommates which struck a chord with all; making him and co-star Nidhi bonafide digital superstars.
While Vyas is a writing buff, he is of the belief that he became a writer by fluke. He often jokes that Bang Baaja Baarat, Tripling, Love per Square Foot were all accidentally successful.
Vyas is an avid biker with a penchant for travelling. He and his bullet are inseparable; his wife teases him. The actor has taken extensive road trips on his Bullet travelling the length and breadth of the country. If he is taking a break from the hullabuloo of Mumbai, movie sets and writing board, he is more often than not found exploring the serenity of a new travel destination he stumbled upon during his ride.