Vivek Dahiya on how he turned a compulsive gambler at 19 and how he quit the habit
Qayamat Ki Raat actor Vivek Dahiya is a fitness enthusiast and a successful actor, but there was a time when he became a compulsive gambler at the age of 19 and would even bet his entire month’s salary.
At that time, Vivek was a second year graduation student in a UK university and worked part time at a retail store. A visit to a casino started the downward spiral for him as he ended up winning a huge amount that day and couldn’t stop visiting the casino regularly after work. He did not pay heed to his colleagues’ advice to quit the habit.
“I got addicted to sports gambling in 2006, when I was barely 19 years old. I had started working part-time at a retail store while I was in the second year of college. One day, a friend took me to a casino, and call it the beginner’s luck or something else, I won money that day. I was thrilled, as it would have taken me a week to earn that amount.
Soon, I started visiting the casino regularly after work. A few staff members, who I had befriended, suggested that I should get rid of the vice, but I didn’t pay heed. I became a compulsive gambler and there were times when I would bet my month’s salary. Once, I even offered my car keys to someone in return for some money for sports gambling,” the actor told The Times of India in an interview.
However, a cabbie’s life story made Vivek realise that he was not on the right track and quit the habit immediately. Here’s what happened.
“One night, I had lost a lot of money and was left with just five pounds to catch a cab home. The cabbie, a Bangladeshi, asked me how the night was, referring to my visit to the casino. Since I wasn’t in the right frame of mind, I didn’t want to talk to anyone. And then, he narrated his story to me. He was an uneducated man, who relocated from Dhaka years ago.
He saved up enough money to buy a cab and got married to an Indian girl. He was hard-working, and in a few years, became the owner of seven taxis. He also bought two houses in Cardiff. However, on one fateful evening, his friend took him to a casino and his life went downhill since then. He became addicted to sports gambling and lost everything. He became bankrupt and his wife left him along with his two kids. His story did what no advice could do; that was the last day I went to a casino,” Vivek said.
Vivek Dahiya is married to Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actress Divyanka Tripathi. The couple recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary.