Bengaluru boy Priyanshu Painyuli, the real Bhavesh Joshi has rightly been hailed by many because of his heartfelt and sincere performance. The actor has made a mark with Bhavesh Joshi Superhero this year. Here’s more about him..
From Delhi to Bangalore to Mumbai, what drew you towards this city? I was born in Delhi but I grew up in Bangalore. From school to work, I was in Bangalore and then I shifted to Mumbai because of its vibrant entertainment industry of theatre and films. There’s regular and vibrant work happening in Mumbai city unlike Bangalore. I could only do few English plays here and there. Of course, I used to perform in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. But I always had it in mind that one day I have to shift to Mumbai and start working here. And if you want to focus on getting films then you’ve to shift to the cities. So that was my main idea. I did my learning of theatre and my film studies back in Bangalore and then moved to this city in 2010. You started with theatre when you came to Mumbai, what drew you towards the film industry? My first play in Mumbai was Mahua, which was directed by Rajit Kapoor. Then I did lots of plays with Akvarious productions. But the film industry was always in my mind. The process of filming and putting up stories on screens was very intriguing and interesting to me. Theatre and film were a totally different platform and a ball game of how you prepare for each. But in films, I have learned the technical side of film making and I do make my own short films whenever I have time. I keep helping people with script work and direction work. Now I’m looking forward to do more films. How was your experience working in BhaveshJoshi Superhero? You have got great reviews, how does it feel? Working in Bhavesh Joshi Superhero was one of the best experience I have ever had and I learnt a lot from the director, Vikramaditya Motwane and I’m also a big fan of his movies. I’ve received great reviews and feedback from a lot of people from the industry so I’m just hoping that more good scripts come my way. I was quite confident of my work but I didn’t know that such an overwhelming response would come from the reviewers and critics. The audience connected with my character of Bhavesh Joshi. People have messaged me saying they cried when I died and they really wanted to see more of me. So I think I struck the right chord with them emotionally and I feel great that my approach towards acting is going right. How was it working with your co-star turned friend, Harshvardhan Kapoor? Working with Harsh was really easy and he’s a very chilled out guy. When we three boys; me, Harsh and Ashish started the process, it did not take time to break the ice between us, maybe being of the same age. We were also living together before the film started. So Harsh and I bonded really well and became good friends. We chill together, party together and also go for movies together, that really helped to translate our chemistry on the screen as well. Are there any future projects you are currently working on? There’s a series which I’m doing now, it will be on Facebook. That’s a new channel that Facebook is going to launch called Facebook Watch. It’s going to be the first fiction show for Facebook. There’s a very interesting web series which I’ve shot for them. It’s shot in Shillong. It’s similar to the film Before Sunrise Before Sunset. It will be launched this year. I’m also working in a film with Raja Menon, he is producing it and Uday Singh is directing it. The film is about Bangalore and since I come from Bangalore, the film really interested me and it has a great script as well.