“My love for acting grew when I was in 3rd standard. I played a lot of cricket as a kid and hence joined an academy too. But, instead of focusing on the game, I’d imitate my coach and fellow players. I’d be more concerned with the way I looked and how I dressed myself and this would happen while I am standing at the boundary. Trust me, I don’t remember the number of catches I missed this way.
Later I started working on my acting skills through monologues and one film that brought out the true actor in me was ‘The great dictator’. I began to realize that acting has become one of my strengths which helps me portray who I am. 8th standard was when I got my hands on a camera for the first time and of course, I couldn’t resist capturing everything I could. I was keen to see if I could shoot something and handle the judgment people would give once they’d witness my work. Things took a turn during the second year of engineering. I made a short film for a minute with a basic camera.
The only time I realized that yes, I can make a film too, was when I look back at these instances. It gives me the confidence to become a better artist and a better filmmaker in the days to come. Now I feel I am much more closer to my dreams as I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Mass Communication & Journalism.
I have always been an extrovert. Having said that I never really had the opportunity to share a thick bond of friendship. Engineering was a tough phase. So, I only started speaking in English in my second year of intermediate. I was learning the language and was so engrossed and determined to speak in English, that it was the only mode of communication. Believe me, I did not speak in my mother tongue for four years straight. English movies are what influenced me to speak with an accent and that dialect. This gave a lot of my classmates back in college the opportunity to pick on me. I used to get bullied for my accent and the language I used to speak in.
I come from an upper-middle-class family. A family who is well educated and has aimed to earn a good position in life. My grandmother worked back in the ’60s as a teacher and a correspondent in a school called ‘Sitamma Badi’ and managed to raise four of her family members including her brother. My father is a charted accountant and my sister wishes to become one. I am not surprised when often people ask me, “What happened to you then?” because my answer to their question has always been “talent, talent is what happened to me”.
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