“Nobody from Bollywood has approached me yet,” says Ssumier S Pasricha aka Pammi Aunty. And as to whenever that happens, the actor is quick to respond, “It won’t be as Pammi Aunty but as Ssumier. Pammi apni jagah aur Ssumier apni jagah.”
When people are imitating you, you’re on the right track, says Ssumier whose life took a turn when the viral Pammi Aunty, an ‘experiment’ as he calls it, happened after the actor took a sabbatical from TV serials. “Pammi started as a fictional character but it’s real now. She has become the voice of India and everyone wants to know her views on social issues. I didn’t think that it’d become so dear to people. Now, it’s a brand and big companies want Pammi Aunty for endorsements,” says Ssumier popularly known for shows such as Sasural Simar Ka(2012).
The actor took to social media recently urging his fans to refrain from making youtube channels and pages in his name as it is against legalities. He also confessed that he often gets trolled but he tries to remain as humble as possible.
Born in Delhi and based out of Mumbai, Ssumier has had a penchant for theatre since the age of ten. “Theatre has always been my first love. I didn’t go to any training school to learn acting. I used to act during school and then I started to do it professionally. I was doing theatre in Delhi and Australia also.”
Going to Australia to pursue further education in 1999, Ssumier says was the best decision ever. “My dad was not happy with me doing acting and theatre.He always believed that actors don’t make money. And I was passionate about it. Australia made me independent. Its important to step out of your comfort zone in life.”
As for his upbringing in the Capital, he shares, “My mom is a housewife and my dad a business man. I have been part of a generation where it used to be like ‘Aunty aapke ke ghar mein kya bana hai, wahan jaake khaana kha liye’. Now people don’t even know their neighbours.”
The actor performed in Gurgaon recently as part of the play Amavas Se Amaltas that addressed social issues where he played an autistic person. “I was honoured to do the role.It had a message that Autism is not an illness. It can be tackled if people are trained to do so.”
As for visiting the Millennium City, the actor says, “It’s far from Delhi but its a brilliant place. I like Gurgaon, it’s well planned. Whenever I’m in Delhi, my friends take me to CyberHub to eat nice food.”