Hello Hello! Hope you all are doing safe at your homes. In this episode of #BlabwithSandy, I have actor Lakshya Kochhar with me. After dabbling in direction department, Lakshya made his move into acting.
He and I, both are from Bhopal and that’s an intriguing factor for us. His recent release ‘Second Hand’ on ZEE5 Originals is winning hearts all around. Let’s dive into the blab I had with him:
Sandy: Hello Bhai, what’s up?
Lakshya: Hey Sandy! It’s the lockdown, and we are all at home.
Sandy: Could you tell the readers a little bit about your background?
Lakshya: I was born in Delhi. My ancestors come from Pakistan (initially India), and they got settled in Delhi. Later which, my family shifted to Bhopal and set up an own business. Since the past 55 years, my family has been in Bhopal.
I did my schooling from Bhopal, and most of my friends are from the same place. I went to Mumbai for my college studies and there began my creative journey! I did a course in film making and acting at the New York Film Academy.
I was an AD with Pritish Nandy Communications for Mastizaade, and with Excel Entertainment for Rock On. I did Ads with film makers for KFC, acted in Reema Kagti’s Gold, and a bunch of other short films.
Sandy: Wonderful to hear that! Especially about Bhopal, ha-ha-ha!
Lakshya: Lol! Where’s your place in Bhopal? I am towards the New Market Sandy!
Sandy: My mom’s place is at Bairagarh. We got to connect once in Bhopal.
Lakshya: Ha-ha! It would be lovely.
Sandy: After being a part of the direction team, what made you shift base towards acting?
Lakshya: I always wanted to be an actor. I felt in order to understand the nuances of being an actor, one must know the craft of film making. That’s why I choose to study film making and get a good understanding of how a film unit works.
I was a 19-year-old in Mumbai, figuring out my own way. My family was supportive of my decision. I always was interested in doing workshops, try myself out in multiple ways in acting, and felt the need to use the realistic approach to improve my craft.
I became an AD to see how a movie set works. After seeing my results in films, my family trusted me a lot more. Positive reviews coming from all corners, and this is what motivates me to do big.
Sandy: Can we also see you directing soon?
Lakshya: It’s not that I do not want to direct, but that’s not something that I want to invest in currently. Maybe, once I grow older. (laughs)
Sandy: Your latest release ‘Second Hand’ is winning rave reviews. Congratulations bhai!
Lakshya: Thank you Sandy! This ZEE5’s film has a fantastic script by director Navjot Gulati. All our energies came together to make this film. We did a lot of workshops and Navjot’s writing and dialogues are the main asset.
It talks about infidelity, unfaithfulness and cheating. It has its moments, ups and downs in a person’s life. It showcases the life in Mumbai, the insecurities that are present in everyone, all shown in an entertaining manner.
Sandy: How was the experience of working along with Parul Gulati and Abhishek Bannerjee?
Lakshya: It was fun Sandy. Parul is now climbing the ladder of stardom. Her roles are getting big and she is an actress to watch out for! Her another show The Raikar Case is doing well too.
Abhishek Bannerjee has proved his act with Stree. Our chemistry is top notch in Second Hand. All of us had a great time bonding together and that is seen in the film.
Quick Shot Round:
- Love: It’s blind
- Biggest Regret: It may sound cliched, but not regrets. I am still young, so I think I still have time to find regrets, ha-ha
- Directors you’d like to work with: Farhan (already worked with him), Anurag Kashyap, Imtiaz Ali, Martin Scorsese, Mani Ratnam
- Films that you’d like to do: Marriage Story, Parasite. I am inclined to real stories and playing characters with dynamics
- Dream Role: Badass gangster roles like The Godfather, Gangs of Wasseypur, etc
- Imagine being stuck in a lift with two film personalities. Who would those two be? Sara Ali Khan and Pankaj Tripathi
- Good and bad about the industry: The process of evolution is strong. The content is hard hitting. The other side to it is things are star driven. We need star mounting for some big and superhero kind of films. Overall, it’s a great time to be a part of the film industry
Sandy: What’s next in the pipeline for you Lakshya?
Lakshya: I am playing the role of gangster in Excel Entertainment’s Dongri to Dubai. Its fascinating to play a character that I’ve never met or seen from the close quarters of my life. It’s an Amazon Original. I had completed 17 days of shoot, and 20 odd days left. Once the lockdown is over, we shall resume shooting. It may release during the year-end.
Sandy: Which platform is the toughest? Advertising, web series, or films?
Lakshya: In commercials, we are like models. Nothing much to do in the 40-50 seconds that we get. Web Series and films are almost the same. We need to become the character and do a lot of prep work. I would say, films/web series stand the same and they require us to be fully buckled up.
Sandy: Though you have just started your journey, but is there something that you’d like to convey to the extremely new entrants?
Lakshya: Only advice I can give is to be a good listener. For example, now I am listening to you and understanding the way you are talking. If I get a chance to play a journalist in any film, I will take the experiences that I’ve had with you.
One needs to train themselves, be a craftsman. Do workshop, self-audition tapes, and know what suits them.
Sandy: It’s the lockdown period. How are you coping up within the four walls?
Lakshya: Its difficult. Life used to be busy, going to the gym, travelling for shoots, to-and-fro trips between Bhopal and Mumbai. Nevertheless, I am using my time by watching films and making notes. One should never stop from learning. I am learning about acting by watching shows and films.
Sandy: On your association with Excel Entertainment.
Lakshya: Absolutely fantastic people and it’s a good production house. Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani are very supportive individuals. Once someone joins them, they wouldn’t want to leave Excel ever. Their shows like Mirzapur, Inside Edge, and others have all struck well with the audience. Their content is really strong.
Sandy: A few words about Hyderabad Local.
Lakshya: Lovely Sandy. I like your works and its was real fun chatting with you. I probably want to own a production house someday, help creative people come together one day, and make a difference in cinema. I also would love to have an NGO soon and help people.
I find you like minded. Hopefully, we meet and work together on our dreams soon. Bhopal is waiting for our meeting, Lol!
Interview by Sandeep Rao
Editors Note: It was an engaging talk with Lakshya Kochhar. We belong to the same city and our dreams are also the same. Wishing Lakshya a great career ahead of him. Have a blockbuster cinematic journey ahead my friend!
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