ASHISH BANA – Is an actor, writer and content creator.
1. What is your birthplace?
Ashish – I am from Bombay a.k.a. Mumbai! You know what they say – Mumbai is a city, but Bombay is a feeling.
2. How do you find an interest in Acting and content creation?
Ashish – While I was studying in an engineering college, I started doing my friends’ assignments who studied in BMM colleges and I realized I was really good at creative writing! This eventually led me to ghost write for a few Instagram influences and handle their social media pages for some pocket money! Soon, I took up professional content writing & editing in the field of PR as a full time job!
The current lockdown gave me time to sit and realize that I am good at it & it’s high time that I start publishing my content on my own media handles with my own face! So if anything, I need to thank the lockdown for such a pivotal thought process.
3. From where did you learn Acting? Also, according to you – self- learning or Learning from an expert. Which is more important?
Ashish – It’s not just acting that I am fond of. It is also dancing, singing, comedy, script writing and more! I am a thoroughly ‘gifted & talented imitator’ and I believe in being an all rounder. What has helped me throughout is my attitude to learn anything new or something I do not excel at, by hook or crook! This is the attitude that has helped me to become an all-rounder!
So, to answer your question, I haven’t had any formal training in acting or other talents that I possess, but for me, being self-taught initially is the best!
4. What do you feel about the emerging trend of web series?
Ashish – The trend of web series has disrupted the entertainment industry in a positive way! More entry level talents are being given a chance to fulfill what they are passionate about and boy oh boy, could it get any better!? When I say entry level talents, I don’t just mean the actors! It includes script writers, sound engineers, videography experts, crew members, assistants and more! Additionally, web series are a refreshing change of content too!
5. Which is your favorite show, video, or series in which you have acted?
Ashish – Go Fun Yourself on Voot.
6. Do you have any dream role?
Ashish – I aspire to write/act in a thriller drama someday where the lead is a handicapped detective who is compelled to return to duty due to an old serial killer resurfacing! Now, he doesn’t only have to solve the case, but also avenge the death of his adopted son from the serial killer. Lol, just joking!
Okay, so the deal with me is, I am a sarcastic & a witty person by nature and often called the ‘Bing of the Gang’ by my friends! So if anything, I would love to carry out a role similar to Chandler Bing’s role in F.R.I.E.N.D.S. with EQUAL GRACE as I would carry out the role of a serious detective chasing a killer in a thriller flick!
7. Do you have role models?
Ashish – Yes! Plenty of artists & actors who I look up to! I love Akshay Kumar’s action, Ranveer Singh’s positivity, Ayushman Khurana’s versatility and Rajkumar Rao’s charm! But if I had to choose one, it is Salman Khan! Many would argue BUT I believe that the man has gone through a lot and still standing high! This kind of perseverance needs courage. Lots of lessons to learn from a model like him.
Also, I’ve grown up watching his movies at Maratha Mandir, cheering and hooting at action scenes along with the ‘Bantai’ kind of crowd so I have a soft corner for him too!
8. Which is your favorite genre?
Ashish – Thrillers, Action & RomComs! Can’t decide just one! Also, I may be the guy who sheds a tear of joy at the end of a chick-flick and celebrates life with a tub of ice-cream & nachos on the side.
9. What was the first reaction of your family when you told them that you want to choose acting as your profession?
Ashish – To be honest, I don’t intend on just being an actor! It is the field of a content creation in general with an all round perspective of talents that I always fancied! So currently, my parents do not mind me being a content creator, since I am nurturing my passion whilst doing a full time job simultaneously!
10. Apart from acting do you have an interest in sports or any other field?
Ashish – Let’s say if playing at Timezone (gaming centers) for 5 hours straight is a sport, then I am the greatest athlete! Well, if you see my childhood pics till I was 17, you might exclaim, “Puberty hit him!” So as a kid, I was an overweight nerd who had no interest in sports whatsoever!
11. What is your biggest dream?
Ashish – Since the age of 15, I have had my eyes on this one dream – To see myself on the cover page of a magazine! It’s the biggest dream I’ve had for a long time now! Looking forward to accomplish that sooner or later! * Fingers crossed *
12. What are your upcoming projects?
Ashish – A week ago, we wrapped up Go Fun Yourself – on Voot; where I was featured back to back for 4 weeks. I am now looking forward to being a contestant in Intertainer 2020 organized by The Zoom Studios where I was recently shortlisted!
We had a great interview with Ashish & We wish him all the best for his upcoming projects.