Over the years, Bollywood has come to be known more for its entertainment value and less for its quality of cinema. However, there are still some who haven’t been carried away by its glitz and glamour. Anshuman Jha is one such name. His talent and hard work shines through in every film of his, be it “Love Sex Aur Dhokha”, “Bakrapur”, “Chauranga” or “Mona Darling”.
Anshuman’s mother wanted him to go to Delhi University. But he knew he had to go to Mumbai, for acting was his calling. His acting career began long back with Prithvi Theatre when he did his first play at 15 years of age. One thing led to another and he got his big break on the silver screen with “Love Sex Aur Dhokha”. His latest film, “Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain” won the Best Feature Film award at HBO’S South Asian International Film Festival in New York. How did Anshuman go from attending acting workshops at Prithvi Theatre in his summer break to making it big in Bollywood? Watch the video below to find out.
In the video, Anshuman reveals how he landed a role in the hit movie “Love Sex Aur Dhokha”. “I am from Delhi and I used to visit Mumbai to see my sister. She put me into the summertime acting workshops at Prithvi Theatre. During one such workshop, Ramnath Tharwal cast me in his play. Then it became an yearly routine. I soon completed my diploma acting course at Barry John’s Academy. I also assisted Subhash Ghai for three years. I went for a screen test for Love Sex Aur Dhokha and they selected me. The rest is history.”
He wants to try and work in different genres with different types of actors. “My next film is called Angrezi Mein Kehte, which is a romantic comedy. This was one genre I wanted to do and I am really glad I got a chance. This movie is a comedy with a lot of soul in it.”
Anshuman doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind, and the unconventional characters he has played on-screen prove that. In his debut film “Love Sex aur Dhoka”, Anshuman played a low-caste boy who gets killed for falling in love with a Brahmin girl. In “Chauranga”, he essayed the role of an uptight Brahmin man who thinks he owns the village. He’s clearly a powerhouse performer. His message in the video — persistence never goes unrewarded — is not career specific. It applies to everybody out there who dreams to make it big.