“I did my graduation in architecture. While everyone would be submitting college work, I’d be watching movies. There were a lot of actors who I found impressive! Especially my two favourites, Al Pacino for his acting and Sylvester Stallone for his journey. I always thought to myself, “I want to be there one day, narrating dialogues. If you ask me, I think architecture is a lot of responsibility.
I moved to Bombay in 2014. And in 2016, I had landed a two year theatrical contract which I let go for a show I was already shooting. The story of that show was great and I had a lot of hope when the producer shelled the show after 6 episodes. Everything came crashing down. It’s set in stone, living in Mumbai is an expensive lifestyle even for a moderate living and basic survival. It was difficult for a few months because money is essential and I wasn’t able to land something concrete. Nonetheless, I got back to auditioning properly.
Life moved on and I didn’t want to leave any stone unturned and I wanted to learn as much as I could which is how I also ended up learning bollywood dancing. It made me feel free and added more character to my life.
When I started my journey, I was a non actor in the cinematic sense. I was only doing theatre and trust me, acting is very different when a camera is pointed to your face. I still remember my first time auditioning. I consistently had my hands in my pockets. It was not easy. But, today, when I look at myself, I’ve come a long way. I recently acted as an antagonist in a web series and the appreciation I received for my performance was overwhelming. It felt like all my years of efforts were finally worth it. Such things one can only dream of but for me, it became a reality. Afterall, that is what we artists sweat for, don’t we?
We all take back something with us after all the struggles and dips we face in life. Every actor has a point in their life where they might need help from others in the family owing to the nature of the profession, which is why I believe that everyone needs to find that right balance between passion and making money. If you go with an empty tank, you can’t run for long, can you? The one saying that the people who lived and died before me kept repeating was ‘agar aapke haath mein ek chidiya hai toh udti hui chidiya ke liye usse chodo math’. Now, I understand it. In simple terms, go where you are wanted the most and you must keep moving forward no matter what.”
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