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SURABHI PRABHU: SUPER MODEL AND ACTOR

Brief Information: Surabhi Prabhu is a Mumbai based mesmerizing Model turned Actress. She has been well known and well accepted Model having endorsed Several prestigious brands in the national as well as international circuit.Surabhi is pretty much a bit of everything but when you add it all up, it equates to one thing;a hot brunette beauty, trained actress, trained dancer and sensational model. Surabhi, the curvaceous brunette who stands a statuesque 5ft 7″. Blessed with a natural toned, curvy physique that Indian women are adored for , Surabhi makes every shoot a fine work of art. she has been model for brands in several other National and international brands. Now she is making big waves in South too.

How you started and what inspired you?  I started as a designer , I had my own fashion store and I won a local beauty pageant, ‘Miss Gujarat’ and then there was no looking back.

What is your biggest strength? The biggest strength and  biggest weakness is my family.

The best achievement till date: I don’t think I have achieved much , maybe very soon I can answer this .

What is the present projects you are working on? I am a model and I keep shooting for something or the other . I am waiting for my Tamil song to release next month . I am sure it’s gonna be a super hit. Its from my upcoming Tamil film,  “kadvul paathi murgam paathi“.

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How difficult or easy it was for you when you started your journey for modelling? Is your family supportive or not? It was not easy to convince my family initially.  But today sometimes I give up but my family stands like a strong pillar with me.

What are the challenges you are facing? I have done more of modelling than acting. Acting I’m still exploring my own acting and dancing abilities . So here I would like to speak on behalf of all the models. There is no association or authoritative body for models where they can go and say. Lack of this makes it easy for exploiters. Anybody who gets 2-3 pictures done calls themselves model. Foreign models have taken away our market . Indian models have very little and limited work left for them . Whether it is runway or print shoot or tv, Indians prefer white skin . In this competitive market I feel completely blessed that I m doing good for myself . But if there would be an authorized body then this field would be more organised .

Who is your role model? This is no secret. All my near dear ones know I’m big fan of Aishwarya Rai Bachan & Angelina Jolie.

What is the best compliment you have got till date? Being in the showbiz, compliment I keep getting for all my pictures and all my looks. And each time I blush as I still haven’t learned how to accept, how to react when I get a compliment. Best compliment was from a very big filmmaker that I look like Sofia Lauren in some pictures. Awww she is “the beauty” and I don’t think I look like her.. She is way too pretty. But just the thought makes me happy.

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What is your dream project you want to work or with some one? – My dream project would be to endorse international reputed lifestyle brands and be their exclusive model. My dream project as an actress would be to work with Mani Ratnam. I don’t mind becoming one tree in the background in his project. I admire this talented film maker. 

What will you do if you will be made the prime minister of India? – I think if I become prime minister ( if in my capacity ) I would end Democracy and bring Monarchy . Enough of the government by the people, for the people, through the people . We have tried Democracy for 66 years. Now I think India needs Monarchy – Queen’s rule. Inflation corruption can be dealt only this way. I know I have made a very bold controversial statement but I don’t want to become India’s prime minister as I see India’s current prime minister is deaf blind dumb and mute. He is powerless. This statement is my anger towards government.

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Would you like to work to bring change in society for charity with us in future?
If yes what you want to in particular?
Yeah I would definitely want to work for less fortunate people . I am currently doing whatever little I can do as per my capacity. I am doing it for Sneha Sadan , orphanage for kids . I try to go there every weekend or whenever I’m free . I try to raise funds for the institute. I always inspire my friends to celebrate their important days with these kids and provide them  At least one time meal .

But in future I would like to do something for senior citizens. I feel blind, handicap or orphanage still get funds easily. But senior citizens always go neglected. I would like to do something for these neglected people. Even in very rich and privileged class society the senior citizens many times are neglected. They die in loneliness. My dream is to make an old age home for these lonely souls so that they can live their last days with dignity,love and respect. 

What is your advice for the young models and actors? Not necessarily every talented person reached the top but hard work never goes unnoticed. Success is an accident which happens to only hardworking people. When you see star kids getting instant success, don’t make this excuse for your failure as you don’t know what hurdles they crossed to be on the top . Rather use them as inspiration that kids born with silver spoons worked so hard , they could have easily sit and enjoyed the legacy which was gifted to them but they choose to run in the race .

Most difficult question to answer . As a kid whenever i was asked whom do I love more; papa or mummy . I just still freeze with this question because people don’t know this that my mother’s real sister adopted me . So I have papa – mummy , daddy – mom . I love all four of them equally . Ya momentarily my loyalties do change who ever pampers me more he he ..  But then all 4 are extremely close to me .

Are you single ? My answer depends on who wants to know 😉

Favorite cuisine : I prefer home cooked anything in vegetarian . But I relish Thai,Chinese n south Indian dishes as well .

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Sukant Panigrahi :  Installation Artist and art director (Film)        

Brief Information:

           I was born in Aska, a small town in Ganjam District of Odisha. There at the age of seventeen I began my journey to explore the possibilities of life, to learn to live and discover why I am here on this Earth. To choose a mountain or a master; sadhu or saint? I chose life as it comes which led me to leave my home empty-handed, without any destination, walking.  The journey continues, the path getting clearer, more defined. The past 18 years experience with life, art and every I’ve come across has made me strong  with visions coming clearer and clearer amid the vast mist of humanity.

Who am I, standing in the midst of the though-traffic?

How you started and what inspired you?

If I go back to where exactly I started..its a long long story. To be precise  I was bored and depressed in my home town, seeing my elders, seniors after completing their study, doing nothing, but complain about no jobs or wandering around holding big degrees in their hand. That’s what made me decide first not to study any more in my 12th standard. After H.S.C, I was in Aska Science College studying science and physics. There were no doctors in my family and so it was recommended. I was not too sure as the only thing I enjoyed at that time was zoology and botany. At the same time I discovered television and cinema in our town. Upon the passing of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi , we all became very fascinated with this “idiot box.”  I was in love with this medium and wanted to work in any capacity in the movie industry.  So I quit my studies, and moved to Bombay to work in the film industry. when I had left my town to capital of Odisha, I had no money, just got up in the state run bus and said I just have to go to the bus conductor, it was midnight after 1 am, and told him if he throws me out, I will jump in back, go on roof top but I m not leaving the bus. So the guy without much fuss went ahead and left me sitting in the back.  

For the next month until I reached Bombay it was no ticket, no address and no clear direction where to go. I was hungry and ready to do anything. I vowed never to go back until I could stand on my own feet. I was living in the streets, doing all kind of odd jobs; at a tea shop, cleaning plates at hotels, whatever. But I never begged. Yes, I begged for work but not to be fed without working for it. It was a big change for me, he who had never boarded a train before, Aeroplain toh bahut door ki baat hai. I had many misadventures sleeping in the streets during the Mumbai Riot as there was little trust or safety on the streets. I had no contacts, no one to ask for help. I survived misadventures with street kids, mafias who tried to barter me to jail to get one of their associates back, molesters who molested with force, bad policemen who attempted to rape me, truck drivers, ragging from co-worker in hotel.  The whole experience left me in shock but my spirit never died.  By God’s grace somehow I reached a doctor having found a board outside a Hospital in Sewri. He happened to hail from my hometown. It was sheer co-incidence. His younger brother was my friend and another, Ajit Patnaik who was an established art director. That’s where my journey with art began and all my past experiences gave me my strength.

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Do you have any support from Film Industry?

Not until I found Ajit Patnaik who took me into his team. The second phase of training was to work with a team and there I learned everything from scratch. I learned to build sets from the ground up; from beginning of the set,  sweeping and cleaning floors, assisting all painters, carpenters, moulders; working in all departments to complete the work until the set is dismantled. In that process I made myself useful to everyone. Everyone liked my hard work and energy. Within a year I was working in Art Direction as a mural artist, assisting background painters and letter artists. This was before computer printouts and vinyls stencils. I learned how to hold a brush, joined Samarth art service of Guruji Brothers in Dadar for while to assist in hoarding paintings. I apprenticed there for only a month, but it gave the confidence to be an artist. After a year of odd jobs, I was confident enough to work with Bollywood sets. That’s when I encountered my second mentor Sharmista Roy. Here, I shifted from television to film. Sharmista was the daughter of Late Sudhendu Roy, a very renowned art director and filmmaker. I had found my true guru, and was closer to my dream of becoming a film maker and art director. Bade Dada (as we use to call him and Didi (Sharmista Roy) became my next institution, my pillars, my strength and my guides.

The Films you have worked so far? And the best moment till date:

Ohh …there are so many, each experience made a mark, a good dent in my life; all mishappenings and failures made me stronger and stronger. I loved my defeat so much that I appeared again and again to receive as many tests as my life could handle. These tests were not held inside classrooms. Nature, outside and in the work front were the war field for me. I have never read a book in all my life. Only life experiences. I access books or films for visual reference to fuel my ideas and communicate more clearly.

It all seems like part of a big design now and becoming more clear. It’s not only the work, it’s those who I’ve crossed paths with during that period that made an impact on me. My first independent movie as an art director was Prakash Jha’s Gangajaal. Although his films are inspiring and unique,  I was seeking a work environment that better suited my temperament and philosophy. Each director or production house has a different work environment and working style. I loved working in Yashraj Films and UTV. They were very kind and good to me but I sometimes didn’t get full payment. That’s the worst part about working in Bollywood as an art director. I hope that attitude changes soon.

Most memorable moments: Creating the sets for ‘Fanaa’ and three set ups for ‘Mere Hath Mein Tera Hath Ho’ title song of the film. It was very crucial challenge. One must see that song again. To create the illusion of autumn leaves falling took 18 hours to complete. In Shikkara, Amir Khan and Kajoj’s scenes in a water stream, snow landscape and snow falling with a full moon; all of that was created in a record time of 32 hours. Hats off to the producer Aditya Chopra, director Kunal Kohli, choreographer Vaibhabi Merchan, and cinematographer K.Ravi Chandran for the opportunity to collaborate. Kudos also to my art team who worked non-stop to deliver the set. For the first time I heard applause for the art direction team on a set. It happened like some kind of magic, all the powers and good spirits of my ancestors really helped me. I strongly believe in that.

A new phase in my art director started with the following projects:

Chak de India, Dev D, No One Killed Jessica, Chillar Party, and Ek tha Tiger have been remarkable experiences along with my personal favorites such as Tashan, Aaja Nachle and Heroine.

In addition to bigger films I enjoy working along with art house films with smaller budgets. True Cinema, Abhinav Tiwari’s ‘OASS’ are a few of them.I love designing spaces. From my childhood I always volunteered on setting of school functions, Ganpati Pandals and family functions. It’s a bit similar but the scale and content has changed.

What made you to come back to the field of fine art after so much success in film?
I never count that as success in film, it was just a passing phase, a learning and training ground. Like warriors they go for training before the war. Now I m almost ready and Art is my weapon 
and this whole earth is my battlefield, my enemies are my own brothers, the whole of human kind who are destroying nature and my struggle is not to defeat them, to wake them up from the dream they are living.

What is your biggest satisfaction till date in installation? And please share few things about it.
Most of the actually, each one is so satisfying like a small victory, which makes u confident for the bigger war. The first few ones were little disappointing as no one understood what I m really trying to say, but overtime I got to know, it is not words but the simplicity of the work and the material I use speaks for itself. In Kalaghoda Arts Festival I really tested the feeling the way little kids and the older folks interacting with it. I was just around but they were asking me to be aside to take photo with it. There I was not important my art was. And I was so happy to see the result. In time we will all disappear, what will remain is our ideas as footprints.

What is the challenge you are facing as an installation artist?
Collaboration as its too expensive and finding public spaces and permission to put. My arts are not for sale, they are for experience by public. No galleries or curator or art museums has taken interest in my work. Its only public, the common people. But challenges are necessary to overcome them and find a way.

What is the difference between working as art director and as an installation artist according to you?
Working as Art dir: I m hired to create a space for particular scene in a fiction, I create as the story demands and the budget allows. Mostly it’s a paid job, as Artist: I create what my heart speaks to me to express and what’s apt for the space and situation, and I enjoy the process and I spend whatever I can afford.

What is your dream project? Do you think as an artist you should contribute to the society and if yes how?
I do not know how to put in words? of course as an Artist I m all here to contribute creating pieces which will remain till the time lasts, at least the ideas of conserving and respecting Our nature.

 

 

 

 

 

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