Being an Actor Is a Dream Come True - Aparna Das (Actress)

Aparna Das

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1. Tell us about your background and journey .

My roots lie in Kerala (Palakkad; Nenmara). My family is settled overseas and has been living there for a couple of years now.What's in one's area of interest was always considered by my folks and they stood by me in the choices I've made along the way. I was working in Muscat, also pursuing MBA, when I got the part in the Malayalam satirical comedy; "Njan Prakashan".

I decided to make ' the' switch and move to Kochi to pursue my passion. Later I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Malayalam Anwar Sadhik directed film; "Manoharam".Acting was always a craze for me and like most girls I used to make approaches to casting calls whilst I was working. The twist happened when one of the pages reposted my TIKTOK video which caught the attention of Sathyan Anthikad's son, Akhil Sathyan. I auditioned and got selected for a part in his film, thereafter. 

2. Did you ever think or dream of being an actor?

I've always wanted to make it to the big screen. From when I was a kid I was deeply influenced by the art and how it had this impact on people. Deep inside, I knew that eventually I'll get there but never in my wildest dreams did I think my journey would be this smooth.  I am glad I cared for this dream which made me venture into the film industry.

3. How can one approach their career and have the confidence and belief to become an actor?

Honestly, after my graduation I went with the flow- I worked in my niche, a normal nine to five job. It took me a while to acknowledge that something didn't fit right. Like Rhonda Byrne's The Law of Attraction. If you send out positive thoughts to the Universe it comes back to you, ten fold at least. Aspire & achieve.

4. If not this, what would you be doing? 

I have always liked the idea of work. I'd probably engage myself with something or the other but will always yearn for the big screen. Honestly, at this stage of life, I can't think of any career options which will cater to my well being and interests other than acting. 

5. For a complete outsider with inroads, what advice would you like to give? 

Just give your true passion cent percent and work for it. At times the situation in which you are in won't cater to your dreams. You might get rejected umpteen number of times but have patience and hope. Witness how it works wonders later on. Polish your edges with constant practise, interact and make connections. At the end of the day acting is a competitive field so always have a plan B with you just in case.

6. What is your mantra of success?

Being an actor is a dream come true, yes!..but I've just started! Success, according to me, is still a long way from where I stand. Maybe I'll be able to give an appropriate answer to this in the years to come, amen to that.

7. Which is your favourite book, and why?

I am not a bibliophile per se. But I'll go with Paulo Coelho's "THE ALCHEMIST", who doesn't like the masterpiece. The work made me aware of a bunch of lessons on life. I could connect to the book and found it to curate a part of my journey. Follow your heart, the vibes.. out of the sheer joy of it "When you want something the whole universe will conspire together to help you get it"  


- Aparna Das

Interviewed by- Harsha



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