Ravi Petchetti is an aspiring actor and IT specialist; here is a link to his YouTube page:
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: I always wanted to act and be in front of the camera. Acting gives me a real high since it allows me to portray different characters, go through various emotions, simulate varied setting which otherwise in real life you might not get a chance to do.
Q: What kind of training have you had?
A: I have not had any formal training, I guess I am a natural 😊 I got briefly trained in JAZZ dance but that’s about it. All my learning has been on the sets.
Q: You work in IT. How does your day job prepare you for the job of acting?
A: It doesn’t much except that the fact that we all pretend we know what the other guy is talking about in the meetings (though we really don’t ). Also aren’t we all actors in real life?
Q: What is 71 Feet Diner about?
A: Actually ’71 Feet Diner’ is the working title, the actual short film name is ‘Nameless’ (Yes, isn’t that ironic?). It is about a lost guy trying to find the meaning of life. In pursuit of that – he roams around, meets different people from various walks of life and shares life experiences with them
Q: What role do you play?
A: I play a role of a Pakistani bartender dealing with his own issues of life. As a part of the interaction with the main lead, he vents out his frustrations on him but later realizes his mistake due to his other good friends’ words of wisdom
Q: What experiences did you draw from when playing the role?
A: I could empathize with the role and understand the emotions the character was going through. We all have to go through the daily grind of life and in the process face various hurdles, frustrations but eventually learn to move on with life in the best possible way
Q: What would you do if you disagreed with a director about the way a character should be played?
A: I would be open and discuss with the director but finally go with what he says because I believe Director is truly the captain of the ship and ultimately it is his vision. A true actor needs to mold himself to that vision and be an enabler in fulfilling that vision.
Q: What famous film role could you have nailed?
A: I believe I am good at subtle acting and with everyday humor. I am a huge fan of Seinfeld and I would love to reprise his role if it was rebooted again. Also I am a big fan of Robert De Niro and would love to do his role in Midnight Run
Q: What makes someone a bad actor?
A: I guess as soon as the audience loses interest in you. Actor’s job is to hold the audience attention and make them travel along with you without losing the interest.
Q: What one thing would you most like to change about the film industry?
A: I think I am too inexperienced, young to answer that question, I am just getting my feet wet in this industry. Maybe after 10 years, when I am enough experienced and successful, I will be able to answer this better 😊
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