From student to star – Kashyap!

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AISFM’s acting student, Kashyap bagged the lead role in the upcoming film, Production No. 1 by Kalyan Cine Creations banner. We caught up with him on his first day of shoot for a quick chat. Here’s what the debutant had to say.

How was your experience studying at AISFM?
It was wonderful! I made a lot of friends, and the faculty were amazing. I felt that they helped in bringing out the dormant actor inside of me, to the outside world. I was very reserved and restricted before joining AISFM, but once I started learning all of the things taught in my acting course, especially my psychology classes, they opened me up and woke up the sleeping actor inside of me. My favourite was the acting class, mainly because of my teacher. He was my childhood mentor. It’s funny because when I was little, I used to go to his house for tuitions. His sister used to teach me, so I was able to create a good rapport with him as well. This is part of the reason of me being given the award for the Best Student of my batch.  Psychology was also one of my favourite subjects. It helped me get inside the mind of the character and helped me portray it better on screen.

Could you mention a fun/memorable experience during your time here?
We have a vending machine in the cafeteria, and one of my friend had figured out a trick that allowed us to access it without using coins. We had night classes till around 8, so after everybody left we used to finish almost 20-30 cups of coffee/tea every day and then leave (chuckles). I don’t think I’ll ever forget that!

How does studying in a film school set you apart from the rest of the crowd?
Like I said before, studying at AISFM helped bring out the actor in me. It wasn’t like someone taught me something new, but rather felt like something that I already had inside of me. While I was studying at AISFM, I used to do a lot of short films for the other students, so they had coined the phrase ‘one-take actor’ for me, since I would deliver my dialogues in maybe 1 or 2 takes max.

The passion inside you is the only thing that will allow you to do something hatke in life. Before joining, I never even thought that one day I’d be sitting down and giving an interview, so that just shows that one needs the right drive and dedication to achieve success.

What advice would you like to give to the current students?
Okay, this is a bit tough! I will however tell them to never give up on their dreams. I have a friend, who wanted to become an actor, but he had to realise his capabilities. As an actor, you must know facial expressions; maintain your physique, especially in Tollywood. I also want to add that, we need a lot of supporting actors in the industry, not just mainstream heroes. Even if you are a hero, you will need a very good supporting actor for you to be able to act well. Hence, I would like to advice everybody to do every type of role and play every character and bring out the best in them.

How was your experience working in a film?
This is a love and humour based genre. It is really entertaining. My experience until today has been pretty good, everybody is really supportive. I had heard a lot about what it feels like to be on the set of a major film, and now I am experiencing it all and it is very unbelievable. People always say that you get frustrated on set, but as a newcomer, the others on set are pushing me so much that I do not feel that frustration. In fact, I feel calm, and that’s because of the people working in this film with me.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
In front of a camera! Whatever role I get, I will analyse it, see whether I can do it well, do it perfect. Since the audience is always looking for something new and something fresh, I will always aim at becoming better and better.

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