How engineer Amol Parashar switched tracks to become an actor
Theatre and film actor Amol Parashar can never forget the satisfaction and thrill of being on stage for the first time. During his college years, he had an inclination for both academics and theatre. However, Amol didn’t go on to pursue acting after college. He studied mechanical engineering at IIT Delhi and then went on to work at an American consulting firm. It was, he claims, a natural progression of his early affinity for science, numbers and technology. Yet, one year into his well-paying job, he began to feel a nagging sense of emptiness. He was beginning to realise that acting was his passion, and that is what he was destined for. He was not meant to be spending his life in the confines of a corporate job.
Amol decided to take the plunge, first into theatre and then films, with modelling in between. On hindsight, he says that the financial risk of quitting his stable job was much less than that of not actually pursuing his passion for acting. Once he left Delhi to make a career out of acting in Mumbai, he started to receive words of encouragement and positive feedback from his co-actors on the theatre circuit. Six months shifting cities, he made his film debut when he bagged the role of Sai in Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. Today, Amol is a well-recognised face not only in Indian film and theatre circles, but also in the advertising industry. His most recent film Traffic, directed by the late Rajesh Pillai, released to much acclaim. Always one to push the boundaries of his art, Amol continues to work with the hugely successful TVF on several web series, and has also started writing for theatre and films.
Interview & Video Credits: Beverly Pereira & Madhav Sarogi
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