For 17 year old, Suraj Sharma, life is different post “The Life Of Pi”, his first film. The actor belongs to Delhi.
My entire life has undergone a change during these last two years. I feel different from inside. I think I’ve become a better human being. But I still don’t now whether I can act or not.
The past year has changed me completely. I think I kinda grew up. I’ve learnt a billion things. It might sound melodramatic. But it’s the truth. The most important thing I learnt is patience and endurance.
Initially when we started preparing for the film, I used to grumble about all the intense physical training I had to go through. Then one day I went up to my instructor who had also become my very good friend and said: ‘I know what you were trying to teach me. Most things are possible if you stop thinking whether you can succeed or not.Stop pressurising yourself. Just do what you have to do.
Suraj shot a film that featured exotic animals and even more exotic actors like Irrfan, Tabu and Adil Husain with wonderment.
I just followed them blindly. I was the only one in the cast and crew with no experience. Everybody around was knowledgable. Honestly, all I did was to listen to them. What else could I do? When you don’t know what you’re doing you might as well listen to those who do.
In September at the New York Film Festival, Suraj saw himself on screen for the first time.
It was the first time I saw the film in any other colour except blue. When we were shooting the whole film was being done in the blue colour. When I walked into the theatre, I thought: ‘Oh my God, finally I’ll be exposed. ‘Kafi’ awkward ‘hoga’ seeing myself for the first time. I had no experience in acting when I was signed. So I was naturally nervous. But when I saw the film, I suddenly saw all these vibrant colours and these stunning visuals.
Talking about acting, he says,
Given the right circumstances, anyone can act. It’s just about feeling the right emotions on cue. I think I’m okay in the film.
Because of the shooting, Suraj’s studies got affected.
But in a strangely positive way. I finished shooting came back and did my Class 12 all over again. Before the movie I was a 50 percenter. Now after I came back from the shooting I scored 90 percent. The movie taught me to concentrate and work hard.
So a career in the movies? Suraj is unsure.
Let’s see what comes my way. But I do know I want to be a filmmaker. I want to tell stories to the world.