Prostuti Parashar- Star of the Week

A successful actor, a mother, an artist- she is a woman of many folds.
A diva who keeps proving that “She is freedom, She is Power”…

Welcome Prostuti Baa,
Q: You are an inspiration to you and I would love to take the opportunity to bring forth the beginning of your journey…
– It all began with an activity of innocence. I am born and brought up in Jorhat and there, the seed was first laid when I was just 5 years of age. Jorhat being the nurturer of amateur drama and my family being part of it actually paved the path for me.
Jayanta Rajguru took us along for amateur dramas; it was sheer fun because by the end of it we were always got the treats. So, the very innocent wish for a toffee got me into the religion of my life- Acting!

Q: Wow! You seem pretty strong headed and disciplined and I can sense the mental and emotional grooming you had as a child…

Prostuti- very true, my parents always taught me to differentiate between luxury and necessity. I had always been very disciplined and well-behaved as a child. I remember one incident where Maa made me sit at the veranda to play and kept the gate open. She went to the kitchen and was noticing my actions. I played, I sat but I never crossed the boundary that was set for me….this is what upbringing is all about!

Q: Fondest from your fond childhood memories would be…
Prostuti: The scooter ride with Deuta, Maa, Bhonti and Bhaiti (smiles).

Q: Now coming back to the profession, tell us about your first screen experience.
Prostuti: Before being part of films, I acted in pilot serials. Barnali was my first serial and it was Bani Das’s Maharathi that established my profession as an actor. There is an interesting fact though that the entire cast and crew comprised of debutants including the director.

Q: The experience of films and theatre, how versatile are both the genres and what is the major difference between the two?
Prostuti: Being an actor is an imitation and we live in the character we portray. Theatre enriches the spontaneity of a budding actor both mentally, technically and emotionally. The stake stands high as you directly interact with your audience and the margin thus, for a mistake is often covered with that spontaneity. There is a continuation of Acts from I to II or…
However, in films, you emote expressions in frames that may differ. You may be staring with TAKE I but the very next moment, you are enacting, TAKE V…that’s the difference and beauty!

Q: What is takes to be an actor?
Prostuti: You can polish yourself as an artist through participating in workshops but I feel that acting is like blood in an actor. You have to feel it within from the very beginning.

Q: You enact many roles in real life too, how do you maintain the balance of your professional and personal life?

Prostuti: Discipline both mental and emotional. There will be times, when you will feel weak professionally; you have to remember that you have a wonderful family. And likewise, when you feel a little low, remember your achievements. Your present is your reality, “accept, care, respect and love” for yourself is what you need.

Q: And finally, your message for the ladies out there…
Prostuti: Discipline your life, make room for small happiness. We live in a social illusion (the face for the people) where constantly you need to keep your sanity intact. Spend time with your family; keep the phone aside when you are the mother, lover, wife or a friend…
Create small moments of happiness within yourself and share the positivity. A woman with less drama is always the happy one! God Bless!