When asked about his early days, Abhianshu says, “I was born and brought up in Amritsar, Punjab, and completed my education there. My parents encouraged me to learn dancing as it was my father’s dream to become an artist himself, but he couldn’t do that back then because of certain responsibilities.” Gradually, he started teaching others. “I started earning at 15 and that’s how my career began as a choreographer. I also started doing stage shows and theatre side by side. I always dreamt of becoming an actor, but I didn’t knew how difficult the journey was going to be.”
He admits that transitioning from choreography to acting wasn’t easy, but his passion helped him achieve his goal. “I loved being in front of the camera. Baadshah was the first film I had seen in a theatre back in Amritsar when I was four years old. I became a huge fan of Shahrukh sir. Being a stage performer, I loved the limelight, but nothing came easy to me,” he says.
Recounting the time when he shifted to Mumbai, he says, “I wanted to come to Mumbai to start my journey, so I wrote to Terrance sir’s company and sent them an audition. After his company gave me an opportunity to learn dancing under him which I did for the next one- and-a-half-years, I started doing shows as a background dancer. I kept giving auditions side by side almost daily.”
Rejection wasn’t easy to deal with, he says. “I learnt so much about life. I would get finalised for some gigs and at the last minute be replaced. It was very upsetting. At one point I even felt that I’d seen a wrong dream for myself and that I would never make it here. Eventually I got my first gig with Sunil Grover sir in the show Kanpur wale Khuranas. This is how my journey as an actor began. It was a big dream that had come true. But yes, I love every part of it,” he says.