Exclusive: I Have Asked My Mother To Look For A Suitable Match, Says Jash Aka Suman Dey
Nakshi Kantha’s Jash opens up about staying with family after long, learning to handle kids, tapping into spirituality and more. Read on for more.
“There was a language in the world that everyone understood, a language the boy had used throughout the time that he was trying to improve things at the shop. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Talking to actor Suman Dey will evoke these classic lines from Coelho’s famous novel rather uncannily. Exuding tremendous positivity, a self-assured calm and wisdom beyond his years — Suman instantly puts you at ease. We spoke to the charming young actor who plays the lead character of Dr Jashojit Bose aka Jash in the popular Zee Bangla TV serial Nakshi Kantha. We caught up with him on a host of topics including career, personal life, the lockdown, and what might be on the cards for the future.
The nationwide lockdown had made shooting come to a grinding halt, (like most other things in our lives). However, #EntertainmentUnlocked will see the release of fresh new episodes in all our favourite TV shows as shoot resumes from this week in Bengal. So sit back and get ready for them as you read this exclusive interview. Here are the edited excerpts.
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Q. How did you spend your time during the lockdown?
A. During this lockdown, I have overcome many tendencies and practised a lot of different things. I have learnt — actually I am still learning — to meditate, to be vegetarian and how to communicate and deal with children. Finally, I have asked my mother to look for a suitable match for me.
Q. Wow, that’s exciting!
A. Yes, I spent the lockdown at home in Siliguri with my family which comprises my parents, brother, sister-in-law and my two young nephews. I have lived alone most of my life, in fact, right after passing my 10th grade board exams. So this style of living with family is something I have not experienced since then until the lockdown! I got to bond with everyone in a very wholesome way and it was great. I was able to spend a lot of time with my nephews, who are six months, and eight-years-old, respectively. Apart from wiping their bums, I learned so much about kids and what makes them tick!
I didn’t even feel the urge to socialise outside my family. There were times that my cousins invited me to come over. But I felt no particular pull to venture out as such except for grocery shopping. Witnessing my mother running the household and helping her out was a heartwarming experience for me. It wasn’t even hard to eliminate meat, fish, and eggs from my diet as there were always vegetarian options at my fingertips. Indeed, now that I’m back in Kolkata and staying alone again, it does get a little more difficult to adhere to this choice.
I also took this time to get in touch with my spiritual side. Of course, I like binge watching shows on OTT platforms as much as the next person, but I personally love going through all that the internet has to offer when it comes to spirituality and philosophy. I tune into YouTube channels like those of Sadhguru and Brahma Kumaris regularly, and it helps me a lot in terms of centering myself and finding peace.
The pandemic has put us all in quite a vulnerable situation, and I know that many of us are going through depression, and experiencing a lot of darkness, anxiety, and panic. I get it — it’s not easy. But ultimately, these negative emotions only wear you down and lead to a downward spiral which is not helpful at all. We will fight the virus, but these are some things that we need to consciously guard against. Many of us were out of work during these past two months. I, too, was unable to shoot like all other actors as it was cancelled. I’m not saying it was a breeze to stay calm and have faith throughout it, but it was necessary to do and I have learned after all these years, that it always pays off.
Success, at whatever scale it is that I have achieved it, hasn’t happened overnight. It took me 10 years of struggle to reach the that level I am currently at! I have worked as a gym trainer in Mumbai while living in a humble chawl. I even worked a corporate job in the financial sector for a while. Before I forayed into acting, I was a model. So I have done my fair share of exploring before I discovered my ultimate passion, which is acting. This too, definitely did not turn me into a star in a day! It took years of hard work, failure, and perseverance to get to where I am today. However, one thing I have learned to do is to always put in my full heart into whatever I do. If you do anything, no matter how small, with energy and the best of intentions, it will always be gratifying.
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