The Sunday Leader

Gagan Malik An Actor With A Sacred Heart

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya

Gagan Malik, Hailing from North India, is no stranger to the Indian film industry and film fans. Malik, a model and actor, now lives in New Delhi. I had the opportunity to meet him in Mumbai during a visit to the Indian city.

Malik is well known in Sri Lanka for the role he played as Prince Siddhartha in the movie Sri Siddhartha Gautama. Kaushi Wickramasinghe introduced him to Sri Lanka, and this down to earth actor is busy these days appearing in a television series and shooting of new movies in India.

He is well known for his leading role in Ramayan as Ram in 2014, for which he won the Best Actor award at the world Buddhist film festival organised by the United Nations. “I launched my career with Kumkum on Star Plus and played a lead role of a Zee TV show “Saath Saath Banayenge Ek Aashiyaan”. I finished Shakuntala TV series in 2009, and just finished my new role of Lord Rama in Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman for Sony TV.”  He has worked on this TV project 24 days a month.

Gagan lives in New Delhi with his wife that he’s been with since his schooldays. He married when he was 22, and he regrets the time spent away from his family because of his career. ‘My wife complains I do not spend enough time with her, but that is life. I have to give a part of my life and much time to promoting Lotus World to bring happiness and peace to people universally.’

‘Lotus World’ is a project he started with Navin Gooneratne and others to bring more services to the people. Instead of concentrating on his superstar career, he has put his efforts into serving humanity. According to Lotus World, the belief is that right actions, words and lifestyle will bring goodness; friendship is universal and mindfulness can bring mental stability and peace. With no discrimination against race or religion, love, friendship and peace will be spread to everyone. Based on Buddhist studies, he believes this journey will change lives.

In 2014, Gagan Malik embraced Buddhism blessed by the theros at a special ceremony held at Mihintale sacred grounds while pirith being chanted.

The six feet tall, fully vegetarian actor is now on a mission to promote peace and love.

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