Bhushan Pradhan- Working hard to achieve his goal
There is no substitute for hard work. Bhushan Pradhan, who established
himself on his own in the Marathi entertainment industry, had to work very
hard for the past few years to reach this stage. During his schooldays in
St. Ursula Society's Kamalnayan Bajaj School, Chinchwad, Pune, Bhushan was
always active with dramatics. There was a time, when his teachers used to
fight amongst themselves, to decide in which language Bhushan should perform
in a play. But, they all felt that he should pursue his career in acting.
At the age of 8, Bhushan performed an emotion filled character in a play,
and appreciations for his acting skiils started at an early age. Later,
while pursuing his graduation at Symbiosis, he took part in various
competitions, like Purshottam Karandak and also won the Jairam Hardikar
Karandak and thereafter completed his MBA in Marketing from Sahyadri
Institute of Business Management. While pursuing his MBA, he was also
required to do a job. It was at this time that he was selected for Mi
Marathi's serial 'Ghe Bharari'. It was a testing time for Bhushan, as he
couldn't afford to miss any one of these assignments in hand. So, it was
hard work to study, do a job and also work in a serial. But, he managed it
In this interview to Marathi Movie World, Bhushan speaks about his hard work
|Q: Even after completing your MBA, you opted for
acting career. Are the people at home happy about it ?
A: My mother remains a great support for me. She is a teacher by profession.
While in school, she was the person, who used to stage my plays. She used to
write and direct all my plays. In Akhil Bharatiya Natya Parishad competition, we
had staged a play 'Varhad Nighalay Londonla', which had 16 characters. My mother
knew very well, where my interests were and hence supported me from time to
time. Whatever I am today, is all because of her. My father was a bit skeptical
about my acting career. But I had always decided that I would enter this
industry only after pursuing an MBA degree. This was appreciated by my parents
too and today it feels great when they say that they are proud of me..
Q: How did you get your first break ?
A: While I was doing my MBA besides managing my job, I had done a photo shoot.
Later I gave auditions and it was through one such audition I received this
offer from Mi Marathi
for 'Ghe Bharari'. The serial didn't run beyond six months. But this serial
helped me perform better in 'Char Chaughi', 'Kunku' and 'Olakh'.
Q: You have also acted on stage. Isn't it ?
A: Yes, I had done various inter-school and inter-collegiate plays earlier; also
a play 'Baikocha Ghotala' and later performed in
written and directed play 'Between the Lines' along with her and
was a great fun doing that play.
Q: Your two films are due for release. Can you tell us something about them ?
A: Yes, my two films, 'Parambi'
and ' Satarangi Re' will be released soon. But, in the past, I have done a film
'Trusha'. Parambi is the story of Gangadhar, played by me, where Gangadhar
returns to his village after staying away for many years. On return, he
discovers that things in his village have gone worst. He makes up his mind and
decides to change the course of his village in his own way. My other film 'Satarangi
Re' is about four friends in their final year of Engineering, who are all
passionate about music. It's about realizing one's dream and finally working
towards achieving them.
Q: You have experienced all three areas of entertainment. Which area appeals
to you most. ?
A: There is a lot of satisfaction doing theatre, as there is spontaneous and
live response from audience. I have always enjoyed working on television which
includes daily soaps, reality shows and television commercials. But, today what
I enjoy the most is acting in films.
from him. That particular day, after my name was announced, I
received a big hug from Sunil dada. I noticed that happiness on his face while
greeting me and that moment turned memorable for me before receiving the award.
|Q: How do you react on
your winning awards for your role in 'Pinjara' ?
A: Yes, I have received two awards for my role in this serial. One
for the best pair and the other for the best actor. I was sure about
getting the best pair award as I had experienced the popularity of
Veer and Anandi amongst the audience. Therefore, on the day of the
awards I was thinking what to wear and what to speak. In short, I was more than confident about this award, thanks to the love and suppot showered by the audience . About the best actor's category, I was more than satisfied for being nominated along with stalwarts like Sunil Barve and Sandeep Kulkarni.
But success is not achieved by contented people. These awards mean a lot to me.
It motivates me to perform better. In this industry I admire Sunil Barve and
treat him as my ideal. He is so fit even at this age and that inspires me a lot.
The way he behaves with others is another good quality worth
Q: You consider Sunil Barve as an ideal . You have also worked with him in
Kunku'. How was your experience there ?
A: In the very first scene I was required to address him in a casual manner and
that was really embarrassing moment for me. But, Sunil noticed that discomfort
in me and made me comfortable by encouraging me to be more realistic. After that
scene there was a good tuning between us and I learned many good things in his
Q: Besides Sunil Barve, who are the other people whom you admire ?
A: Besides Sunil dada, I have also learnt a lot from
Rasika Joshi. I regret that I
could not get an opportunity to work with my favourite actress. Also, I wish I
get an opportunity to work with Girish Joshi and Pratima Kulkarni.
Q: What are your future projects ?
A: Along with Pinjara and my two films 'Parambi' and 'Satrangi Re' I have also
got an opportunity to play a show anchor for
programme 'Khallas, Dance Ekach Chance' where Vrushali, Mayuresh and Siddhesh
(Dance India Dance Contestants) will be the mentors and Isha Koppikar will be
the judge. Now that's something I am going to enjoy even more.
by Chetana Gavkhadkar © MMW