India, Aug. 16 -- Vatsal Sheth is a transformed man, and quite literally so. The actor has grown a beard looking all brawny, and the reason for this transformation is because he wants filmmakers and casting directors to see him beyond his boy-next-door image.

"As an actor, I want to be versatile and I want to show that if anyone is looking at casting, then they should think of me. Usually, when people talk of me, it's normally that, 'Oh, he looks like a chocolate boy and is the boy-next-door'. I wanted to break that image a little bit," he explains.

The 41-year-old, who has starred in films such as Taarzan: The Wonder Car (2004), Heroes (2008), Jai Ho (2014) and Malang (2020), admits having come across a lot of people who think he only ...