Amol Parashar, an actor who made his way from the theatre of IIT Delhi to his first debut in Bollywood with Yashraj banner, doesn't need any introduction. I'm sure I don't need to say much about him because he is already ruling the web series, be it TVF Tripling, Mama's boy or Azad and has amazed everyone with his performance. And because of his outstanding and unforgettable performance in 'Traffic', he is ruling the hearts of Indian youth.
Those of you who want to see him more here is some good news for you all.
Here is an answer to all those questions which you always wanted to ask Amol, aka 'Chitvan'.
The picture says it all, isn't it?
He has been a studious kid right from the start, and for those of you who don't know, he pursued mechanical engineering from IIT Delhi and did a job for 1-year in Pune. But his passion for acting didn't let him go away from pursuing theatre.
Know what he has to say on this...
"I discovered theatre while I was studying at IIT Delhi and fell in love with acting and being on stage. I never planned for it to be a career choice, but tried to pursue theatre while I was working. Since I was not able to give enough time to it, I felt a little frustrated and decided to take a break and do it full-time for some time. I never thought that break would last this long. I started getting more and more work as a professional actor and now have enough work to really call it a career."
But, guys I have one question for you all, why will your parents ever say 'No' to something you enjoy pursuing as a career?
Similarly, his parents totally supported him. Of course, as parents they were worried that he was heading towards an industry which is full of ups and downs, but then they believed in their son.
"I feel that one can win anything if a person enjoys the work they are doing. I have met those people, who have made conventional career choices but are extremely frustrated because they do not enjoy what they are doing."
"I think it is frivolous to spend years and years of your life doing something that brings no joy to you. I have met people, who found the emotional balance with theirs conventional jobs itself and that its good to see that."
I found my joy in acting and I couldn't see myself not doing it.
Let's know what's his take on this.
"Although I believe that I am much more sorted in life than the character of Chitvan, my friends believe that the character was not very different from who I am in real life. I guess it was just a part of me that I had to tap into. I am glad I could do that successfully."
Like Chitvan, he also believes that an individual's happiness and belief is more important than societal norms and breaking your head over what might happen in the future is not very productive.
"Living in the moment is the key to happiness! Just flow with life, and don't plan much about future, let the surprise unfold itself.", the actor said.
Initially, it was not even his plan to do movies or TV. After leaving his job in Pune, he went to Mumbai and acted in a couple of plays there.
And then he got his eureka moment!
Still from Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year (2002).
And it's worth noticing, that he was not one of those actors who stood in line and waited for hours to give an audition. Maybe it was his luck or hard work which paid off, but he directly got a call from the Yashraj team.
"One thing led to another, everything happened too fast, in no time I found myself in a room with Shimit Amin and Ranbir Kapoor doing a scene together. It was interesting because that was the first time I ever saw a film camera, it was a little surreal but I just played along. In 5 days, we were doing the same scene on a large film set. I had never acted in front of a camera before that and the feeling was amazing."
The actor said that "Every character comes with its set of challenges. What you need to figure out is how near or far it is from your daily persona and accordingly the amount of homework will vary. Once you are on the set and you are shooting any character demands the same amount of focus."
Amol played the role of 'Rajeev'.
Wondering, what is he doing with Amala Paul, Sanusha, Malayali actors?
Both the director, Rajesh Pillai and the actor started sharing a special bond between them. Rajesh Pillai loved him as an actor and praised his work, which led him to bag a role in very famous Malayali movie 'Mili'.
Born and brought up in Delhi the 28-year-old actor doesn't even have any connection with Malayalam. I wonder how did he get through this.
Let's see what he says about it.
"Doing 'Mili' and acting in an alien language was a bizarre and enriching experience for me. I landed in the film because of the director Late Mr Rajesh Pillai. After he finished Traffic and went back to Kerala, he started work on 'Mili'. He called me one day and told me that there was a character in the film that he wanted me to play. And I landed in Kerala, I knew nothing else about the film or the character. It was a decision taken in mutual faith by him and me. My scenes were mostly in half English and half Malayalam. I had to spend a lot of time learning the lines and getting the right intonations but it was a great learning experience. I learnt that the essence of acting and filmmaking is the same, irrespective of the language. When the right emotional chord is struck, it communicates itself without having to depend much on words and language. Also, working with top notch actors like Amala Paul and Nivin Pauly was an added advantage."
Apart from acting, he loves to read a lot.
The actor said, "I read about anything and everything. I read a lot of science since I am naturally inclined to it. I also read a lot of philosophy, art, filmmaking and communication since that helps me in my acting and other creative pursuits.
Lately, I have also started to use my free time to play sports. I had lost touch with sports but I think it is a great tool to keep your body and mind balanced."
The heart robber of thousands of girls will soon be seen in his upcoming movie 'Disco-82' which is directed by Karan Darra. And he is playing the role of a 'mafia'.
A message to Amol Sir, "It was an amazing experience to know about you. All I want to say is we all love you and your acting, you are a true inspiration to all those who want to pursue their passion in life."
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