"Passion for acting has always flown through my veins" : Lucknowite Pranay Dixit


Sukirti Mishra 27/02/2020 13:44:31
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--Sukirti Mishra

Lucknow. Lucknowite Pranay Dixit who gained fame in the Indian television industry through top charted shows like "F.I.R" and "Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain" has also been a part of two movies centred on the burning issues in India. Pranay Dixit who is the Brand Ambassador of the "Unite Foundation," the leading NGO in Lucknow, is also an activist when it comes to social welfare.

Lucknowite Pranay Dixit

In an exclusive interview with Newstimes, Pranay shared his journey from being a Business Management post-graduate to a multi-talented star of cine world. 

►"Passion for acting has always flown through my veins" : Pranay Dixit

Born and raised in the city of Nawabs, Pranay's inclination towards acting developed during graduation days. The extra curricular activities led him to travel in different colleges of Delhi-NCR. This was the phase where his acting skills honed and he received an opportunity to head the committee for extra curricular activities.
Reminiscing about his MBA days Pranay told, "The extra curricular activities in MBA were more advanced as compared to the ones of graduation. I ensured to partake in the role plays, debates, skits held during college fests. I also started mimicry in college, which earned me name and fame." His campus placement in Banking industry shifted his focus from the passion of acting for a short term but it did not rein his passion in.

►Bombay Calling...

His passion for acting eventually made him move to "Bombay-The City of Dreams", where destiny smiled down upon him, post six months of numerous auditions. His big break in the Television industry came through "Laapataganj," which gave him recognition and also earned him "Mr.
Jugadulaal." "This was the show form where I learned camera facing and worked with different actors and directors. I got to improve my comic timing through this show." From there on, he went to play different characters in super-hit shows like "F.I.R" and "Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain." The turning point in his career was the show 'Savdhaan India,' where he was cast in lead negative roles. But it was through serial 'Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain' tele-soap that he became a house-hold name.

►"Roar" roars to "Save The Tiger" 

Speaking about his silver screen debut in "Roar-The Tigers of Sunderbans," Pranay says, "The movie was a platform wherein I got the opportunity to play varied shades of a character, including serious and comic both. I got to work with a Hollywood team including Oscar- winning sound designer Resul Pookutty."
The movie received 'Dada Saheb Phalke' award for the 'Best VFX,' 'FICCI Film Award' for 'Best VFX Film of the Year' and 'Best VFX Short of the Year.' Pranay also told that "Roar-The Tigers of Sunderbans" was shot in Bangladesh and the government has adopted it as "The National Film of Bangladesh." It was also dubbed and released in Bangla language.

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►"Bareilly Ki Beti-The Youngest Survivor" was incorporated 

The movie is conceptualised around a true incident in Bareilly. A girl who was very much alive was found in a pitcher, burried three feet below the Earth. "Bareilly Ki Beti-The Youngest Survivor" was offered to Pranay by his "Roar" movie co-star- Abhinav Shukla. The movie also stars actress Rubina Dilaik, best known for her role in the TV show 'Shakti: Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki' and Chak-De-India fame Tanya Abrol. Bareilly Ki Beti deals with the sensitive issue of female foeticide.

The short film has already received recognition on national and international forums:

1. Official Selection- U.K Lift off Sessions 2020
2. Finalist of UP International Film Festival 2020 in Benaras
3. Outstanding Achievement Award in Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, 2020
4. Official Selection in Life Screenings International Short Film Festival 2020
5. Official selection in First-Time Filmmakers Sessions 2020

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Notably, only 4 movies across the world made it to the UK Lift Off Sessions 2020, including 3 from United States and 1 from India which is "Bareily Ki Beti- The Youngest Survivor."
The movie have been shot in real locations of Bareilly. "Interesting subject, a brilliant storyline and realistic shoots are the essential requisites of an amazing movie," says Pranay. Adding further he told, "The film highlights two subjects- 'save the girl child' and 'jako raakhe saaiyan maar sake na koi'. Both my movies have been based on social causes. While 'Roar' was based on the subject of 'save the tiger,' 'Bareilly Ki Beti' is a short film which tries to bring forth the issue of Saving The Girl Child." 
Bareilly Ki Beti is an Abhinav Shukla Directorial and is Produced by Dr Yadwinder Singh Grewal. 
"Girls and boys should be considered equal and should be provided equal opportunities. Girls do not fall behind boys in any sector be it Army, Sports or any other. The society needs to change its mindset that girls are not important," says Pranay Dixit in his message to society.

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