The Firstpost Show: Bollywood newcomers discuss their passion – and the casting couch

Four newcomers – Sayani Gupta, Harshvardhan Rane, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Omkar Kapoor - reveal on The Firstpost Show the obstacles they have had to face.

FP Staff June 03, 2016 19:35:22 IST

They may be new to Bollywood but that doesn’t mean they are not passionate about their work. In fact, four newcomers – Sayani Gupta, Harshvardhan Rane, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Omkar Kapoor - tell Renil Abraham on The Firstpost Show that their road to success was not without obstacles.

“Bollywood was like porn in my house,” reveals Sayani, of Margarita With A Straw fame. The actress had to battle a lot of parental anxiety and even her mother’s suicide threat before she could begin her career in the film industry.

“Actor was never an option on the list of possible careers,” revealed Harshvardhan who ran from his home in Gwalior at the age of 16. With no degree to boast of, he worked at a cyber café in Delhi for Rs. 20 a day in order to earn enough to make his dreams come true. They finally did when he was cast in Sanam Teri Kasam.

For Shriya and Omkar, things were a tad easier: Shriya’s passion developed organically and her actor parents Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar were more than supportive. Omkar, who made his acting debut as a child in Masoom and then went on to act in other films like Judwaa and International Khiladi, became the 10th assistant director to Ahmed Khan before getting a break in Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2.

While all of them struggled to get a foothold in the industry, it was only Harshvardhan who had to face the casting couch. Funny auditions were a part of all their paths to Bollywood, but Harshvardhan also had to deal with a casting director who wanted him to take off his pants so he could check whether the hunk had “strong legs”.

Strong legs or not, he sure is talented in more ways than one. Harshvardhan won the beer flip cup game, easily defeating the other three.

Through all their struggles, the actors’ passions have not waned and they are just waiting for more opportunities to come their way.

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