Akash Jagga, who has made his acting debut with Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, is an inspiration for many youngsters back home in Jaipur. Here’s a quick look at our conversation with him!
1. Tell us about your Journey
I started my journey at the age of 17, did my first ramp show in Jaipur offered by one of my seniors in school. It was so fun that felt like doing something like that again. In the next 6 months, I did 4-5 ramp shows in Jaipur itself. I started going to the gym and started reading books, writing short stories. After my 12th standard, I felt like trying Theatre as well. And I did, for around 9-10 months, from Ravindra Manch. I did at least 8 plays and I just loved that experience, I felt so good, it was a life-changing experience for me. After a few months I felt this is what I want to do in life, I want to act. I want to know and Experience more about acting. And then I came to the City of Dreams, not knowing much, I wasn’t even ready for the city, but I wanted to learn. Learn from my Experiences, from the failures on my own. I started giving auditions for 6 months straight but I wasn’t able to get any work. I was getting into depression, because I was giving my 100% and even then there were no results. I was very sad one night, talking to mum about all this, that very second I got a call from a production house “You’ve got the commercial” and I legitimately started dancing. After my first commercial there was no turning back for me. I did a lot of commercials for Grand Hyatt, Hiranandani, Amazon Prime, Reliance and many other big brands. After doing these commercials/prints I started getting offers for Music Videos for which I excitingly said YES! I shot for two music videos- “Noor” for T-series, “Jaate hue pal” for Zee music, which turned out to be great. I was getting a lot of work at a time but then I had to change my look for a project of our own (me and my friend’s movie), missed on a lot of work because of my changed look (Moustache). Again started giving auditions in this look, and just like that this happened I was locked for the character “Kaushik” in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2.
2. Was there any defining moment as such when you realised that you wanted to be an actor?
I started doing a lot of Theatre in Jaipur. And I realised this is what I wanna do in life.
3. What have you learned about yourself since you became a celebrity?
I’ve learnt that life is much more than you could ever think of. I believe I’m too young and there’s a lot in life that I’ve not explored yet.
4. What kind of role do you feel most comfortable with?
I always wanna play a part that my family can watch comfortably, at the same time I want to experiment with the characters I’m offered.
5. Which character played by you is closer to your heart?
I did a music video, actually my first music video. It’s called “AAINA”. Though it was a music video I still felt connected to the characters and the storyline. The character I played was very similar to how I am in real life.
6. Who supported you to come into this field?
My Parents and my family are all very supportive. Even now when I’m in a dilemma I call my Mom and ask her what to do.
7. What projects you are currently working on?
That cannot be disclosed for now. But soon I shall update you over the same.
8. Who is your celebrity crush?
I don’t know whether this could be counted, but who doesn’t have a crush on Hrithik.
9. What is one message you would give to your fans?
After “Kasautii..” I’ve received immense love not only from our country but also from other countries around the globe which I can never be enough thankful for. I hope for you all to keep showering me with the same love and affection, maybe even more.
10. What are your future plans?
I don’t know what the future holds for me. But all I know is I’d love to work hard and deliver as much as I can to my lovely audience.
11. If you weren’t an actor, what would you have liked to have been?
My love for traveling would have surely led me on becoming a backpacker.
12. Is there a role you have not played but would like to someday?
A grey character, actually It’s difficult to choose one but, I would love to play something that I can take up as a challenge. Anything that pushes me to do more has always had my attention.
13. Which of your roles was the most challenging for you to capture?
I’d say “Kaushik” in “Kasautii” not for the character but the environs. As I was brought new to Television, it took me time to be habituated to it.