Ep.4: Interview with versatile actor Pooja Gupta
Updated: Jul 28, 2019
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Our fourth episode is with “Pooja Gupta”, the versatile RJ, voice-over artist, singing enthusiast & writer who has recently tried her hand at acting. She hails from Delhi, lives in Mumbai & has been in the creative industry for the last 10 years. She draws her inspiration not from a celebrity but from ordinary people who don’t quit!
So, Let’s start!
How would you describe yourself & your new found interest in acting? (Our audience is very supportive of you but they keep very very busy so tell in only 140 characters)
I like to do anything that excites me, professionally. A friend asked me if I would like to play a small part in his short film. I said yes!
So, are you an accidental actor or did this career decision had some planning to it?
Totally accidental. There was a lot of planning that went in before quitting 9 years of corporate life. Things have flown on their own since then!
“Everything isn’t an achievement” but also “Achievement ain’t everything”. Can you tell us 3 of your biggest & most satisfying achievements?
When I went from 85 to 55 kgs. It took a lot of effort and I loved how I built up self-control in the wayWhen I performed on stage for the first time. As an RJ, I had hosted several outdoor shows but as a performer being on the stage is very different.When I wrote one of the teasers of my short film Jinn. The teaser in which you see a guy dancing has been conceptualized by me. It is thoroughly being loved by people. I was not expecting it to get so much attention ;)
Are you moody like all other artists? If yes or no both, then reveal today the technique of how you approached your role in your latest film?
I am not moody at all. I am a very cheerful person. As far as my role is concerned, my director, Nekib Ahmed, told me about my character. I was a little apprehensive as it was my first stint at acting. In 10 minutes we had our rehearsal and the next day we shot for the film!
You have been a voice over artist & RJ! So, do you just give humble autographs or have you had any real interesting incidences with your fans?
In this scenario, I would like to quote something that happened when I was going to a poetry session. I was rehearsing in the washroom of the venue. Shortly, a girl came out of the loo. She said that she was extremely touched by my poem and had tears in her eyes listening to it. She asked me if she could hug me and if I would recite my poem in front of her! This is one of my most beautiful moments in life :)
“The art of making money with art is bigger than the art itself”. How do you think an artist should explain this statement to the Indian society?
It takes a lot of insight, courage, and planning before a person decides to take an art form professionally. It takes more energy to bring it to a point where one starts making money. For the society, it is very easy to ridicule a person who is not in a typical profession. My family has been very supportive of my career choices but I know a lot of friends who do not have such a support. I request families to understand and be supportive.
From the trailer of JINN, we got a feeling that you’re playing a ghost(bhootni). So, should we assume that you have some secret Bollywood dreams of working with Mahesh Bhatt?
I am not going to reveal what I am playing in JINN. Please watch my film to find out. As far as my dreams of working with Mr. Mahesh Bhatt are concerned, honestly, its too soon for me to say that :)
Our audience loves texting! Do you have any message for them?
If time were a person, I would hug him (I would like to believe it is a he) and say, You actually take care of everything! My message to people is, just give it time, ho jayega!
Not trying to self-promote, or maybe I am, but then what are your thoughts on our platform Rhymly? You can use more than 140 characters this time :p
It is great that an app like Rhymly has been designed! I mean everyone wants to write poems and stories, but who thinks of helping poets and storytellers? Rhymly is a great effort. Thank you Rhymly team!
Finally, Our audience is insomniac & has no option but to watch something to sleep! So, can you share the link to your new short movie “JINN”?
So, that’s it for today! Pooja would definitely love a constructive feedback on her work from you guys!
We will also be back in a few days with Ep.5 with another creative person.
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