Hard Work, Dedication and Determination Is All One Needs - Amar

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I have been home-schooled by my father. Education was very different and mostly it was only through art. Also, homeschooling was a very valuable life experience. I was trained in a few musical instruments ( tabla, keyboard, flute, guitar, etc). 

I was a national level gymnast and also very passionate about plants and animals. I have performed in various plays with various theatre troupes in Bangalore and have also acted in plays directed by my dad.

I was presented with opportunities to act when my brother, also a director cast me in his short films. This was when I realized my passion for acting and made up my mind to become an actor. This is how I was into theatre and films from a very young age.

My gymnastic skills got me various opportunities to act in add films. To date, I have been a part of 3 feature films, 6 advertisements, 14 short films, and worked under more than 45 productions in the theatre.

Currently, I am doing my B.A in theatre studies at Christ University.

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

Yes, I have always dreamt of becoming an actor from a very very young age.

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

Quoting Shakespeare, "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players".

So, I do believe everybody is an actor. Also, one of the most important things that I believe, is to pursue what I love along with hard-work, dedication and determination with a goal and how I would reach the goal.

I feel it is applicable for everyone. I give prominence to the process or journey and not the final product. When we give more importance to the process/journey the final product will naturally come out well.

One thing I would like to add is, whatever has to happen will happen but we must make sure we have given our best in what we do and at the end of the day we must be satisfied with our performance.

Participation is more important than winning and losing.

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

Honestly, I am not so sure. All I know is I love making people laugh, entertain them, and more importantly, being the center of attraction. I also love farming and agriculture. So I might've taken up a few courses on farming and in the long run, I would have become a farmer.

So, I guess if not acting, I would’ve been doing something related to this sort.

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

I wouldn’t want to advise anyone but, I would rather talk about my beliefs.

I believe in pursuing something that I love because only then would I be able to do justice to myself. I just enjoy doing whatever I do with a balance of sheer hard work and channeling the right amount of focus, being determined, and dedicated. This will definitely give me happiness and the success I wish for.

6. Which is your favorite book and why?

One of my favorite books is “The Diary of Anne Frank”. The thing I loved most about this book is that it looks at the Holocaust from the perspective of a young teenage girl, which sets the book apart.

- Amar, Actor

- Interviewed by Khushi Badrinath

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