The Dark Horse

However, in Bollywood, an FTII stamp isn't necessarily a ticket to success. "One has to work hard and struggle a fair bit before your dreams gain shape. I too went around asking for work and gave several auditions. However, I was fortunate that it was during that time that casting directors were coming up in a big way in the industry. It is they who helped me meet the right people," he says.

A meeting with Banerjee was one such chance meeting. LSD also opened several other doors for him because people within and outside the industry noticed his work. "There was a reversal of sorts. Filmmakers have now started approaching me and I get to read scripts," he says with a smile.

Despite the recent good run he has had in the industry, the actor is cautious enough to realise that fortunes change every Friday. "It is not necessary that every film of yours works. So one has to keep trying," he says.

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