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Actor Abhimanyu Singh reveals the darkness of Bollywood life, Akshay Kumar’s advice recalls: “Hard work only counts for…”

Actor Abhimanyu Singh, who was recently seen twice in a row Akshay Kumar– stars Sooryavanshi and Bachchhan Paandey, recalled the struggles he experienced in the film industry and the mantra Akshay taught him.

In an interview with RJ Siddharth Kannan, Abhimanyu said that after appearing in the acclaimed film Gulaal, he could not find a job and found himself unemployed. During this time, he turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism. He recalled how an old star friend passed out from the industry due to his alcohol addiction, and how another, the late actor Nirmal Pandey, died after a drinking attack.

“I ran out of money. A few people had assured me that I would have a job, but someone else was chosen instead of me. I wasn’t married at the time, and I shouldn’t I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I started living a very alcoholic life with a few friends of mine. They were writers, one was trying to be a director. It was a dark area, but I realized that that was not the solution,” he said in Hindi.

Abhimanyu said that Akshay once asked him about his career progress, and Abhimanyu told him that he struggled a lot to get to where he is now. Akshay, he said, grabbed a piece of paper and wrote in Hindi: “Your hard work is 30% of your success, the rest is down to fate.”

Citing the example of his friend, Bandit Queen actor Nirmal Pandey, he said artists are very sensitive. Nirmal, he said, was found dead in his apartment after drinking for three days. The death of his friend and a conversation with his father convinced him to mend his ways. He also revealed that one of his old friends became a big star and he, Abhimanyu, would try to get him to quit alcohol but ended up getting addicted himself. “Our drinking sessions lasted two to three days,” he said. “This actor is nowhere now.”

Abhmimanyu made his Bollywood debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Aks. He has also appeared in several blockbuster films in South Indian film industries.