Actor Nikhil Sabharwal says before venturing into the entertainment industry he was a professional pilot in Manila, Philippines.
"I had learnt how to fly an aircraft in Manila, Philippines at my school Ace Pilots Aviation Academy. After getting an engineering degree, I trained in aviation for eight months in 2007," Nikhil said in a statement.
"I flew trainee Cessna aircraft and flew a ten-seater charter aircraft called BN2A-21, Islander. I came back to India and converted my license as recession had begun to kick in," he added.
Nikhil said after returning to India, he decided acting was his future.
"Since I had started modelling after my school and all through my engineering years, I continued that once I came back from Philippines. I shot for several commercials and eventually that led to a film and a show within a year. I guess acting was my calling all along," he said.
Nikhil is currently seen as Akshay, an army man, in Zee TV show "Bin Kuch Kahe".