With a background in theatre and psychology, Bollywood actor Shreyas Pardiwalla made his acting debut with the film Yaariyan directed by Divya Khosla Kumar. The actor discussed about his passion for acting, hobbies and future plans with Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent Priyanka Dutta over a telephonic conversation. Excerpts from the conversation..
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Let us begin with your growing up years. So what really shaped you into an actor?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– I basically began acting from theatre. I was a theatre actor before I actually dived into films. I was involved in elocution classes, plays, speech and drama classes before I took the huge leap. I went to International School where I gave six examinations on theatre. Later I went to London for a workshop in the Royal Shakespeare Company. All these helped me immensely in the development of my acting.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Tell us more about your work in theatre.
Shreyas Pardiwalla– When I was in college I used to act in Paper Ball Theatre Group. I also did street plays. One such street play was “Maryada Party Zindabad” which received huge response from the people and won accolades too.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– How do you balance acting in theatre and acting in films?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– Though the mediums are different, it is indeed beautiful to balance the two mediums. Theatre helps me to refine my acting while films enable me to do different roles.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– How did you get selected for Yaariyaan?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– It was after seeing me in the posters of the play The Gone Case, that I was contacted on Facebook to come for the auditions. And then Yaariyan happened.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What is the next film that you are working in?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– Talks are on but I cannot divulge much at the moment.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What is your dream role if any?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– I do not have a dream role as such. A substantial role in which I will be able to showcase my acting skills to the fullest is my dream role.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Who are the directors with whom you will like to work with?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– Right now I cannot choose directors as I am a new actor in Bollywood. I want to work with everyone and learn. However if I have to choose, then Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Madhur Bhandarkar are the directors I am very eager to work with.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bngaliana– Any heroine whom you aspire to work with?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– I want to work with Vidya Balan. Kahaani and Dirty Picture are my favorite Vidya Balan acted films. She is a great actress and she can breathe life into any character on screen.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– While perfecting your acting skills have you ever thought of directing?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– I have directed two/ three plays for school students. At the moment I want to experience standing in front of the camera rather than behind it. With age and experience I may stand behind the camera and direct in future.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– So what are your hobbies?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– (laughs) I have quite a lot of hobbies. I love watching plays, reading books and chilling out with my friends.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Had you not become an actor, what would have been your choice of profession?
Shreyas Pardiwalla– I have always wanted to become an actor. That has always been my passion and my thirst. I also have a background in psychology and I have been involved in counseling. However I want to continue with my acting.
Team Sholoana Bangaliana wishes the Young Actor a Star Studded Future that brings him many a accolades for his acting skills.