Saath Nibhana Saathiya Fame Vishal Singh Shifts Base To LA

Vishal Singh rose to fame for his portrayal of Jigar Modi in the popular daily soap Saath Nibhaana Saathiya. The actor has moved to Los Angeles and has been working there for years. Scroll down to know more
Saath Nibhana Saathiya Fame Vishal Singh Shifts Base To LA

Saath Nibhana Saathiya Fame Vishal Singh Shifts Base To LA

Vishal Singh is best known for his role as Jigar Modi in Saath Nibhaana Saathiya. The actor enjoys a great fan base not only in India but also in Indonesia. In a new chat, Vishal opens up about shifting his base from Mumbai to Los Angeles, while shedding light on the reason behind this step.

Vishal on shifting base to LA

Vishal talks about how, for many years now, he has been living in LA. He says, “The day I left the show (Saath Nibhaana Saathiya), I moved to LA. I got my O1B visa (issued to foreign nationals who have exceptional abilities or achievements in their field) and then I came back.”
Vishal Singh with his Saath Nibhana Saathiya co-actor Devoleena Bhattacharjee
Vishal Singh with his Saath Nibhana Saathiya co-actor Devoleena Bhattacharjee
Vishal left the show back in 2016. Singh adds, “My visa got over recently and I lost my social security card, so I had to renew both of them. I am doing all that and then I can start shooting for anything again. It is pretty much like moving here but I am doing a lot of back and forth to see my family as well."
Shedding light on how his journey in LA has been, Vishal shares how he was offered to be the face of a brand there. “Eventually I started walking for their Fashion Weeks, so modeling also kept going on the side. I changed my visa status from B1B to F1B, which is the work visa, which is as good as having a green card.”
He continues, “I also started doing my own show called Pepito’s America; it was submitted to the Emmys, and we even made it to the nominations. It’s an American show and I am the only Indian in the star cast. I can’t officially shoot right now for anything further because my visa has expired, but the moment that is done, I will start shooting for the next project.”

On his journey...

Speaking at length about his journey from Bathinda, Punjab, to LA, the 38-year-old mentions that he is proud of how far he has come and that there will always be one part of him that misses his family who are back here in India.
Vishal mentions how close he is to his family and tries to strike a balance between his life in India and LA. He says, “My journey from Bhatinda to LA has been amazing. I am very close to my family, so the worst part about living abroad is that they’re not here with me. But, thankfully, I have many friends here, so I still feel like I am in Mumbai. Besides not being with family and cooking myself, it feels like home here now."
Singh also confesses the reason that motivated him to shift bases. He mentions how he wanted to explore new avenues, breaking the cycle of working on a small screen. Vishal says, “I have done television for 13–14 years, and we used to shoot for 30–40 hours. But now the new bunch of actors on the block don’t want to work beyond 10 hours or so. I’d still love to do television, but then you should forget that you have a life for at least 6-7 months because you are shooting every single day.”
Vishal concludes his thoughts saying that he would prefer working on OTT projects if he plans to work in India in the near future. Elaborating his thoughts, Vishal mentions, “You can shoot for two months and then you will be done. I am also able to manage living here because now, with the web, you don’t necessarily have to be physically present at all auditions; you can just self-tape and send it, you’ll get a call if they like it."
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