He is confident, brave, dreams big and also toils to fulfil his dreams.“I am a proud turbanator and the first Sikh youth to have won a season of Roadies (a youth reality show),” says Balraj Singh Khera, 27, who hails from Khadoor Sahib and has been living in Jalandhar since last six years and.
Growing up in a small village, the dream of becoming an actor was nurturing in Khera’s mind. To achieve his dreams, Balraj took part in Mr Punjab in 2014 and stood the runner-up. Then he started giving auditions for Punjabi films.
For Roadies, Balraj started preparing physically and mentally about a year before the auditions. During the audition at Pune, Balraj won the hearts of all judges and got selected.
One of the judge actor Neha Dhupia complimented the Punjabi lad and said that she sees her future husband in him. “That was the best compliment I could have ever received,” Balraj grins.
While on the show, Khera got evicted but later returned as a wild card entry. Khera, who had won the junior national championship in body building, says that he wanted everyone to know that studying in a small school in a small village doesn’t matter and does not stop one from winning a mainstream show.
The Roadies winner wants youngsters to indulge in sports and physical activities. Balraj is a trained fitness instructor and has a team called fitness freaks that gives training to celebrities and businessmen. He says that he owes his present success to his teacher and body building coach Randhir Kumar, who encouraged him to join body building.
‘SUCCESS HASN’T CHANGED ME’
Even though the show’s grand finale was aired on Sunday, the shooting of the season had ended about four months ago.
“Four months have passed since the shooting got over, things definitely have changed in my life but I have not changed. I am not someone who lets success gets to the mind,” Balraj says.
He explains that he won the show without any mind games or politics. “I am a simple person and wanted to win the show with my honesty.”
Talking about his future plans, Balraj says, “I have a dream to see myself in a Bollywood movie but I won’t be going to Mumbai to give auditions, if I get a good chance, I will definitely go and do the movie.”