Acting the part

ISHAAN KHATTER HAS MADE A MARK WITH HIS FIRST TWO FILMS NEWCOMER Ishaan Khatter has had an impres­sive start to his acting career with lead roles in internationally renowned director Majid Maji­di’s acclaimed film Beyond The Clouds and the Karan Johar-produced Bollywood drama Dhadak, which has clocked up decent numbers at the box office since its recent release. Ishaan stars opposite Janhvi Kapoor in the Hindi remake of Marathi film Sairat. The half-brother of Shahid Kapoor has impressed with his acting abili­ty in both films and already has filmmakers lining up to work with him. I caught up with one of the big Bollywood breakout stars of 2018 to find out more about him. You grew up surrounded by cinema and in a film family, but when did you decide to become an actor? I don’t think there was one moment or an epipha­ny. I always sort of wanted to perform and have been most passionate about dancing and acting ever since I can remember. But before I was pas­sionate about it, I was fascinated by it. So there was never one decisive moment. What was the experience of making your debut in high-profile film Beyond The Clouds like? Well, it was very enriching, both as an artist and human being. Of course I was just an aspiring actor before the film, but it was a very moving and enriching expe­rience. It made me feel years wiser once I was done with it. Some of the key things I learned during making the film were about the impor­tance of being a good human being and the fact that everything I aspire to be as an artist comes with hard work. As an actor there were things I learned every day, so it was quite an overwhelming experience. Do you feel…

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