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Malaysian Star of the Month

Bala Ganapathi William - BGW Is Our Malaysian Star Of The Month!

This man has finally opened up for his best stories to us.

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

 

Hailing from the rural town of Sungai Petani to the city of his dreams, Kuala Lumpur, our Malaysian Star of the Month, BGW constantly reminds us that no dream is impossible to achieve.


bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

 

In a very short period of time, he has earned a few remarkable nicknames…

Superstar Bala…

Socks Bala… (We’ll come to this later.)

…and BGW!
 

Speaking of his name, he admitted (with a guilty face) that he disliked his name in his younger days especially during his time in school, as it sounded old-fashioned.

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

 

However, later in his early 20s he started to realize that it was rather a unique name and he eventually thanked his parents for it!

He said…

“I’m the only one in the entire world with that name.  Bala Ganapathi Williams – It’s just ME! If you search on Google, I’m the only one who’ll appear on the search result! So I was very happy about it!”

 

How did the name “BGW” come about?

“After a few months of cracking a stage name, I came up with BGW. I believed that 3 alphabets/initials always carry a power, just like MGR!

“Not only that. It was short and catchy, and most importantly, easy to remember!”

Besides being a stage name, I really loved the name.

So, my 22-year-old-entrepreneurial mind decided to secure it by registering a company named BGW Studios without any delay!”

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

 

 

How did you pull these through at such a young age? What’s your secret?

 

Without any hesitation, Bala took us on a brief trip down memory lane.

 

Growing up in a tough home, Bala’s childhood certainly wasn’t an easy road.

Finding no support at home, Bala decided to seek refuge at his uncle, Hari Ram Naidu who was kind enough to help him through his youth.

Upon completing his schooling in Sungai Petani under his uncle’s supervision, he was selected to join an Intercultural Student Exchange Program under the AFS Intercultural Program at in 2008.

 

This was the phase that would change his life forever.

He grew fonder with his newly found family there, for a year.

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

With his foster sister, Lisa (7-Year-Old)

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

With his foster sister, Lisa (7-Year-Old)

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

With his foster sister, Lisa (7-Year-Old)

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

 

He learnt to be independent and to make his own life decisions.

Later, he pursued his Bachelor's in Honors Mechatronic Engineering at UCSI University but dropped it after landing ‘Yuttha Medai’!

 

About his hosting career in Yuttha Medai…

 

“This never happened in one day! Almost after 4 years of continuous perseverance and determination, I got selected in the Yuttha Medai audition. I’m glad I didn’t give up!”

“When I came first came to Puchong, KL to hunt for a job, I had no place to stay. For two continuous days, I slept at bus stations and restaurants. I even had a culture shock seeing the city people and their fast-paced life.

Then, I came to a realization of how much of hard work I needed to put in to survive.

I was very determined to be somebody successful. Believe it or not, I now own a house in the same part of Puchong!

 

 

How Stardom found BGW…

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

 

After Yuttha Medai, he continued with Vaanavil’s Super Star in 2013 and Rasikka Rusikka Season 1 in 2014.

In 2016, he made his first debut in Manggalyam Tanthunanena telemovie, helmed by Karthik Shamalan.

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

Image Via: Facebook

 

…and the rest was history.  He became a director in Neeyum Naanum; produced a few music videos.

Not to mention, SOCKS BALA – the sensational song by Santesh, has since garnered more than 1,800,000 views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The song was intended to be a savage counter to the defamatory meme, posted against him on a public page.

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

Image via Varnam MY

 

The best past? It worked.

The owner of the Facebook page came forward and apologized in a post prior to the hate spread.

 

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

Image via Varnam MY

 

Good job on turning the hate into positivity!

 

Here are his recent achievements:

 

 

 

While hanging out with BGW, we jumped at the opportunity for some questions!

 

1) Give us (3) differences between Bala in early 20s and now.

“I was afraid to lose people when I was young but now I can accept it better. When I was 15, I faced heartbreak with my girlfriend at the time and almost thought it was the end of the world.  But, gradually I saw life get better as I matured.”

“My circle of friends eventually became smaller. I’ve lost many friends along the way. I’ve stopped explaining myself when someone failed to understand the nature of my work and my schedule.”

“In fact, the most annoying text I would receive from my own circle of friends is “Fame and popularity has changed you” — in exchange for not replying their messages.”

 

“However, I have managed to save time for my loved ones. I worship my work.”

 

 

2) Do you have any secret talent other than hosting, singing and acting?

“I can cook well. I cook for my loved ones! I believe food is one of the best forms of sharing love.”

 

 

3) Passion for singing?

“I used to attend family events and observe the stage singers.  I felt some of them could sing better by showcasing emotions. I wanted to infuse that in my songs!”

“I approached Lawrence Soosai for my first single. He trained me. He pushed me beyond my limits and BOOM!...‘Kathal Enbathu Saabama’ was born.

 

 

bala ganapathi williams - bgw is our malaysian star of the month!

Image Via Facebook

 

The magical part is, our ideas tallied and complemented each other. I visualized the song scenes in back in 2017. Lawrence composed the song in 2013 and kept it in his library.

 

 

4) What’s the one word of encouragement you have for other talents?

Discipline and patience in achieving things. Rome wasn’t built in one day. Most talents today expect fast results.

 

 

5) Who is your biggest inspiration?

Myself!

 

6) What is your biggest fear?

Time. Time being wasted. I always apologise if I’m running behind time and if I’m late to making my dreams come true. I feel guilty not doing anything.

 

7) Who is the (1) ONE Malaysian Artiste you thought will go greater heights?

Santesh Kumar! I knew him earlier and amazed with his many talents. I felt bad when he didn’t get the recognition he deserves. However, later things changed. The universe has made a way for the man to shine better!

 

 

RAPID HOUR!!!

 

 

8) ‘Neeyum Naanum’ draws similarities to Korean Movie ‘A Moment To Remember’? Coincidence?

Neeyum Naanum was inspired by a few scenes and the story. In fact, my movie was a result of mixed inspiration from many movies I had watched previously.

I would have definitely given credits to this Korean movie if I had adapted it 100%.

On a side note, I would definitely consider giving credits for my future projects if they’re inspired by another creator.

 

 

9) Have you ever bought Instagram followers? are your numbers genuine?

[psst…we had many people asking this question and here’s your chance to clarify it]

Absolutely NOT! They’re genuine.

 

 

10) Any say on POLITICS?

None. But, I’ve dreamt to be Prime Minister when young.

 

11) When are you getting married?

Not interested for now!

 

 

12) Would you date fans?

YES! ANYTIME. I’M ALWAYS READY!

 

13) What was your best and worst date till today?

Ohh! Back in my Uni days at AIMST (which was merely 10 years ago), I had met a girl. Her name is Farah.

I really liked her and fell head-over-heels with her angelic look. We exchanged phone numbers. The next day, we met each other and shared a moment.

Clearly, she liked me too.

 

Unfortunately, the happiness didn’t last long.

Her father was aware of my presence. He found out from a text message that I had sent. THAT WAS IT! It was a huge issue. She was immediately taken out from the University and I have no idea what happened to her next. I’m still searching for her!”

“Farah! I just wanna say thanks and sorry to you. Wherever you are, please DM me at least to say you’re doing well in life!”

That’s the most unforgettable date I’ve ever had, which started off well but ended terribly!

 

 

14) LAST QUESTION! What is the one thing you want to tell your fans and your haters?

To my fans – I would like to thank you all from my bottom of my heart. Without you, I am nothing.  Thank for the abundance of love. I’m truly blessed and thankful that they treat me like family. If I ever I face troubles as I had in the past, they’ll have me without any hesitation. I can stay and even have meals with them.

I have family all over Malaysia!

To my haters – Thank you for making me strong! I’ll continue my mission to turn them into my fans!

 

 

 

 

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