Panchi Bora hails from Assam and has been a celebrated actress of the Indian television industry. She started her career with MTV’s Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi, and her claim-to-fame was Ekta Kapoor’s famous show ‘Kayamath’. Currently the actress is married and enjoying motherhood. We got in touch with the actress for a quick chat session. Take a look!
1. Tell us about your Journey
Well I started my career with an advertisement for Cadbury. Then I walked into the All India Audition for Balaji TV series for MTV which as a teenager was very exciting! That was the beginning of my journey towards being an actor.
2. Was there any defining moment as such when you realized that you wanted to be an actor?
While shooting for MTV series Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi I realized that I was actually living my dream. Work didn’t feel like a compulsion but more like something which I thoroughly enjoyed doing and was very happy at the end of the day. Initially I had no clue what I was doing but slowly I started taking my work seriously and tried improving my acting skills with every scene that came my way. One fine day my director Partho Mitra (Partho da) told me the same that he sees tremendous change and I can be a good actor! That day was definitely my defining moment!
3. What have you learned about yourself since you became a celebrity?
I started working at a very young age and fame plays a big role in your life. I feel very grateful and indebted to each person who believed in me. Especially Ekta Kapoor for trusting me with such a big show like Kayamath for star plus. I think when you do good work people start recognizing you and considering you as a celebrity but you are just an actor trying your level-best to justify your role/ character that you play on screen. Reel and real life is very different and it is important to understand the differences as well.
4. What kind of role do you feel most comfortable with?
I’ve always thought that I want to play positive roles. But in one of the series I ended up taking the character of Jaanvi for ‘Ganga’ which was a negative lead role. I was surprised but I really loved playing that part. I think sometimes doing a character which is totally unlike you is challenging as an actor. So I’m open to play any kind of role if I’m convinced by the way it has been fleshed out.
5. Which character played by you is closer to your heart?
My first role of Ananya Puri for Balaji’s ‘Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi’ will always be close to me and the character of ‘Prachi Shah’ from Kayamath series gave me real success and love from all over India. So these two characters are definitely very close to my heart.
6. What challenges/obstacles did you face in your journey so far?
I belong to a conservative background so I’ve my reservations about kissing or intimate scenes on screen. I had to say NO to some great work because I was not comfortable playing bold roles. That gave my career a setback because getting or hunting for work which you want sometimes takes longer to come your way. I wish at times that I was bold enough but I think I respect my choices as I believe to follow my heart.
7. Who supported you to come into this field?
My family has been very supportive. Especially my sister saw me enacting in front of the mirror so she knew deep down somewhere I always wanted to be an actor. So she convinced my parents to let me pursue my dreams.
8. What projects are you currently working on?
I’ve been on a break since my marriage as I’m currently based in United States. And my kids are keeping me all engaged.
9. What is that one message you would give to your fans?
Firstly I’m grateful for the unconditional love. And I would also say that just be positive especially in times like these where we have seen such big changes with the sudden arrival of COVID-19
11. What are your future Plans?
I’ve always been someone who goes with the flow and future is so uncertain that if you plan for something, life will surely put you in situations you never thought you would be in. So, I would say live in the present give it your best and future will take care of itself.
12. If you weren’t an actor, what would you have liked to be?”
I was pursuing my law college degree at that point of time when I ventured into acting, so I guess I would have been a lawyer if not an actor.
Here are excerpts of our engaging discussion with the very beautiful and talented actress Panchi Bora. We wish her all the luck for the future endeavors in her life!