Anish Kartik is different from other youngsters who are into modelling and want to make it big in acting. He is completely in love with the stage and believes that theatre has refined him as a person, which in turn helped him wow the jury members of Mr&Miss India competition held in Delhi from August 12th-16th. Anish won the Mr Kerala 2019 title, besides becoming the first runner-up in a couple of other categories in the competition.
Anish, who is currently working with a communication firm in Kochi, had dreamt of entering the modelling industry ever since he was in the 12th standard. However, the busy schedule of professional courses pushed his passion to the back seat. “Though I always wanted to pursue my career in a creative field, my educational qualification landed me in the corporate world. Also, I was not a person who had to face rejections and opposition from my family with regard to pursuing modelling or acting and therefore, I didn’t find it a need to go against their will. I thought I would first make myself financially stable and then pursue my passion, which has fortunately worked in my favour. After working in Bengaluru for some time, I got transferred to Kochi, where I started taking theatre lessons under Mr. Joy. That, I must say, has transformed my perception towards creative thinking to a great deal. It helped me rediscover myself.
“One of my friends who knew my inclination towards modelling suggested that I apply for the competition,” says Anish, who was one among the five contestants shortlisted from 200 entries from Kerala.
Sharing his experience in the competition, he says, “It was actually a privilege for all the contestants, all of us who wanted to enter the acting field to get a grooming of international standards. Every day, almost seven people groomed us in each and every aspect that had to be taken care of when in the beauty industry. On a personal level, it has changed my attitude towards life and added numerous good qualities in me, which I feel will reflect in my personality for the rest of my life.”
Taking inspiration from the jury members of the competition to fearlessly pursue his dream and with the backing of his mentor, Anish is working on a 50-minute skit, one that falls in the genre meditational drama, and will have him as the solo performer. He hopes to give the skit a pan India appeal as he says that theatre gets more recognition in north India when compared to the southern part.
The aspiring actor, however, wants to stay in theatre for quality time and
contribute something relevant to the field before stepping into the film industry.