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People in the city: Pranay Manchanda, 23 Actor

Pranay Manchanda is a 23-year-old actor.

art and culture Updated: Jan 08, 2013 01:31 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times

Home is in: New Delhi
School/college I attended: The Shri Ram School; Political Science (Hons) from Hindu College; LAMDA
I earn my living by: Convincing people that entertainment is a necessity, not a comfort
I desire in a woman: The decision to look past my failed humour
I appreciate most about my friends: Their siblings
If I could name myself, it would be: Bird
The cause I care for: Expression
How I want to die: Assassination … not mine, but dying of a heart attack while watching someone else being assassinated
My present state of mind: Lull
My motto: Don’t just live for the moment, but live the moment too
Facebook Friends at present: 900 odd
Can’t do without: Petroleum jelly
A book I’m reading right now: Bear Grylls’ autobiography. A bit boring
My worst nightmare: That I’m stuck in a good dream
My biggest indulgence: My phone
My last regret purchase: Keema that I thought I’d cook. It’s still in the freezer. Rajasthan Royals won the IPL and I forgot all about it
Sexual preference: I prefer being sexual
My heroes in real life: Little bits of most people
I can’t stand: When a 150kg person sits on my lap
My wildest fantasy: To be the ‘original cool guy’

The world’s a stage
A post-Graduate in classical acting from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Pranay Manchanda started a theatre company in 2009 and started writing, directing plays at the age of 20. In the last one year, he has acted in eight productions, directed five and written two plays. He has been awarded the Best Director and Best Film awards for his short film Pen Chor at the 48 Hour Film Project - Delhi, this year. His self scripted music comedy 2922: The Ballad of Vedant Saafi was adjudged the Best Play at the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival 2012 in Delhi.

“I always knew that I had no choice but to become an actor. My mind is very distracted. I have short spurts of passion for ideas and moments, and then something else pops up! So I guess the theatre allows me to exercise most of my passionate spurts,” says Manchanda.

“I’ve always wanted to do a play with real dogs, squirrels and birds as the lead characters,” he says about his off-beat future goals.