In Conversation with Mayukh Ray
Mayukh Ray is a versatile actor and well grounded producer in the media and film industry. He moved to Mumbai in 2013 with a film degree from the MET Film School in London. After an acting diploma at The Jeff Goldberg Studio in Mumbai where he trained in method acting, he began auditioning for different roles and bagged several parts in films and commercials. His first production stint was with Arkassh Media Works. Soon after, he founded his own production house called Little Duck Productions and has continued to thrive in the industry since. Mayukh has recently won Best Actor award at The Dada Sahib Phalke Film Festival for his acclaimed short film Mohammad and Urvashi. The film has also won him Best Actor at other renowned film festivals in Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. You can find Mayukh on IMDB and Instagram.
Novemberschild: What attracted you to turn an actor?
Mayukh: Well, I had a great Job in my favourite city, my own house, had lovely friends and an amazing lifestyle. And one day I decided, to hell with this I am going to pack my bags and move to India to pursue a career in the field of arts. In all honesty, I had grown up watching my Grandfather and My Mother on stage. And they were amazing performers. I was always fascinated by their work. So I guess, it was a bit of genes, a bit of curiosity and a bit of the adventurer in me, that made me pursue this field.
Novemberschild: How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
Mayukh: I tell them to Listen! You will find, a lot of people like to talk a lot these days. Which if fine, but I’d like to encourage people by telling them to truly listen more and when you filter out the bullshit, great ideas are formed in your mind.
Novemberschild: Who is your favorite actor, and why?
Mayukh: Right Now, at this moment- Jeff Goldberg. Recently I saw a play called David Coleman Headley. It was the greatest one man show I had ever seen. Otherwise, I like Leonardo DiCaprio. He is versatile and extremely dedicated to his art. I love that.
Novemberschild: Tell me about what you’re working on now.
Mayukh: In terms of acting, I just finished shooting for Vivek’s next film- Tashkent Files. Apart from that, I also run my own Production Company. So I am busy with that as well. But this year I intend to act a lot more given the opportunity obviously.
Novemberschild: Describe your acting style.
Mayukh: I’d like to think I am a Director’s Actor. Because I listen and take instructions really well. But if I was to pick a style, it would be method acting. I like to research and develop the character and almost become that person.
Novemberschild: When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Mayukh: 3 words- Never give In. That was the motto of my boarding school. Set backs are a part of life. We were taught never to give up. No matter how hard things get, you always pick yourself up, dust yourself off and roll with the punches.
Novemberschild: What sort of acting roles will you be seeking in the future?
Mayukh: I don’t have set vision for that. I just work hard and feel good about what I am doing.
Novemberschild: In which area would you like to improve as an actor?
Mayukh: In every area. I don’t think I will ever stop or even want to stop learning and improving my craft. Look if I am honest with myself, I know that I am not as naturally talented as some of the other people I see around. Far from it! But I make up for it other areas like the hunger and desire to reach a certain level. And I play to my strengths. I have that fire under my belly to work my socks off until I achieve my goals. And I am proud of that.
Novemberschild: How did you prepare for the role in Mohammad and Urvashi?
Mayukh: As I said earlier, I like to do a lot of research before getting into any character. And Vivek was very clear in his head about the character. He gave me all the necessary information and I worked on it for weeks. What Mohammad would look like, how he felt, his posture, his physique. Every little detail about the character was worked upon.
Novemberschild: How does it feel when you dig up a little and put a mask on your actual character or personality?
Mayukh: Honestly, I don’t know. Because I usually don’t remember anything once I am done playing the character. People have asked me this before, that how I felt whilst playing Mohammad? And I would tell them, I would tell them exactly that cos genuinely I wouldn’t remember.
Novemberschild: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you do?
Mayukh: Always learn another skill. It could be anything like Directing, Writing or playing an instrument. Don’t just be fixated on one skill.
Novemberschild: What do you look for in a Director?
Mayukh: 2 things – Clarity of thought and vision and belief.
Let’s wrap the interview with some rapid questions to Mayukh
1. Are you a morning or a night person?
2. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I never put anything in my mouth, unless I am 100% sure its not going to taste “strange”.
3. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Funny, Charming and Dedicated.
4. Where is the worst place you could get stuck?
Right at the top, on a roller coaster ride.
5. How many books have you read so far this year?
6. What celebrity annoys you the most?
The ones who don’t have any talent.
7. What is the most delightful word you can think of?
8. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
9. What product would you refuse to promote?
10. What is the song you hear most often?
Turn the Page- Metallica
11. If you could change one thing about your looks what would it be?
Nothing. I am happy with the way I look.
12. What is your dream car?
A car that can fly, when you are stuck in Bombay Traffic.
13. What do you think of when I say, “Fruit?”
14. What is success?
Joy in doing what one does.
15. Leader or follower?
Follow, then Lead.
17. Your 20s?
20. What challenges you?
Life. Living everyday to the fullest is one heck of a challenge these days.
I am sure after reading my conversation with Mayukh, you really want to watch the Movie “Mohammad and Urvashi” . Making things easy for you, the movie is right here below – Watch, enjoy and don’t forget to share it with everyone and write your comments on the movie especially on Mohammed – Mayukh Ray.
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