If you spot a clean shaven, handsome man over six feet tall with a sharp jawline all dressed up in a formal blazer, teamed with a skinny tie and aviators, don’t be mistaken! He is not a model!
He is Deepak Singh with the eyes of a hawk and a body like a rock. He can be spotted in almost every conference or film promotion shadowing and protecting superstars like Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandes and many others. Deepak has his own security guard agency but he joins the field when it comes to protecting our stars.
Deepak was never even aware of the profession which he is in today. Born to an Air force Officer, he came to Mumbai 17 years ago in 1999 with a dream of becoming a cricketer.
I came to Mumbai to attend a cricket summer camp. I trained under Chandrakant Pandit. Unfortunately, I only ended up playing in college level cricket and couldn’t break into the big league. I had started off late whereas boys here start while in school.
Cricket didn’t prove to be fruitful for Deepak. He trained for 5 years but couldn’t achieve anything big. Later, his brother-in-law, actor Ronit Roy, advised Deepak change career paths and become a guard.
Ronit is married to my elder sister Neelam. He is very frank and told me since nothing is happening in cricket, it’s perhaps time to try something else. So after finishing my graduation in 2004, I joined his security company, Ace security.
Deepak’s first on-field assignment was as a doorman on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Black’.
I started from scratch as a doorman where I used to stand at the door and open it for people. I learnt a lot by observing seniors in the field and within one year, bagged my first big assignment of guarding Rani Mukerji at Zee Cine Awards in Mauritius.
It didn’t take Deepak much time to flourish in this field and soon he started handling high-profile clients, including many celebrities. He also got a chance to guard Paris Hilton and John Travolta while they were in India and to handle security for the Hollywood film, ‘The Fall’ which was filmed in Agra.
While you get to notice bodyguards all dressed up in safari suits, Deepak tries to stand out from the crowd. He has a keen sense of fashion.
I need to look different from other guys. Dressing well also gives you an edge. If you wear a normal safari, it gives everyone a notion that this guy is a security guard. So you need to look presentable if you are traveling with a VVIP. You need to blend in.
Listing his favorite stars, Deepak names like SRK, Madhuri, Jacqueline Fernandes and Katrina Kaif.
Actors like SRK and Katrina do notice when their bodyguards are going through a tough time while handling fans and do their best to alleviate it. When we were in Ladakh shooting for Jab Tak Hai Jaan, a few teenagers were following us in a gypsy. When we stopped for coffee at a location, they still kept following. All they wanted was pictures with Katrina. Realizing that, she came out and posed for pictures and autographs with her fans and soon they left us. So stars do go out of their way to make sure fans are attended to and once they have given their pictures, they tell them to stop following or else they could get hurt.
He looks just as handsome as a secret service agent straight out of a Hollywood flick. His good looks definitely would have got him a few acting offers and to this Deepak proudly say,
I have been told by filmmakers, designers, choreographers and actors to try acting. But I am not keen. I want to be the Shah Rukh Khan of my field.
While handling his tough job shadowing superstars, Deepak reminds us of Salman Khan from the movie ‘Bodyguard’.
The tough guy enjoys the company and attention of his family more than anything else and looks forward to spend as much time as possible with them,
Mine was a love marriage and we have a two and a half-year-old baby too. I try to make time for them whenever I can. It’s their attention I enjoy the most.
Deepak, we don’t know about the previous acting offers that you have ever got. But, you surely are getting famous as the hottest bodyguard, or as you say, you surely are becoming “the Shah Rukh Khan of your field.”