Yaariyaan fame Himansh Kohli said that a mentor makes the course of approaching filmmakers simple. The actor said that the mentor should guide an artiste and be an honest critic.
“In Bollywood, you definitely need a mentor who is from the industry. Then it becomes easy for you to approach a lot of producers and directors. If you have talent, people will notice that and appreciate you, but you do need someone who will at least talk for you.That mentor needs to be your critic also. He should honest enough to tell you if you are good or not as an actor,” said Himansh in an interview.
The Ranchi Diaries actor Himansh said that Anupam Kher is a mentor for him.
“Getting a mentor like him (Kher) was a dream come true. He has produced the film. A lot of people come here to join his acting school and now they are producing the film in which I am the hero. I feel extremely fortunate and proud to be part of this film,” said Himansh.
Produced by Anupam Kher and directed by Sattwik Mohanty, the forthcoming film is about an aspiring actor and her mentor.
Himansh further mentions about being intimidated by Kher because of his experience in cinema.
He said, “I was always scared when he was around. I’ve seen him in serious characters since I was a child. His experience in cinema, with 500 films, can be intimidating. Even if we do one film a year, it will take us five births to achieve what he has in one lifetime. He (Kher) used to tell me about how there should be a synchronisation between dialogue pitch and emotions. There is so much that I have learnt from him. He is a teacher who can get the best out of students.”
He further adds, “During the shoot, Naxals warned us that they will not let us shoot in the area. It was scary and we were really tensed because we were shooting at locations which they didn’t want us to. But the government supported us. We had nearly 200 CRPF jawans guarding us for the shoot. I have never witnessed something like this as an actor. It was an extremely challenging and risky thing to do. But it all went smoothly and I will never forget this experience.”
The film is slated to release on October 5.