THE ACTOR WHO GAVE 1,000 AUDITIONS!
GLOBAL MOVIE MAGAZINE|January 2022
‘When you are not from this industry, you have to take everything really, really seriously.’
Ayush Mehra is enjoying the love he’s getting for his debut OTT show, Call My Agent: Bollywood.

Directed by Shaad Ali, the series sees him take centrestage with Rajat Kapoor, Soni Razdan and Aahana Kumra.

Of course, it didn’t come easy, but Ayush has quite a practical approach.

“You feel bad when you get rejected in the first 10 auditions. But after 20 and 250 auditions, it doesn’t matter. It’s a process, like hits and flops, and not to be taken seriously. You do your best and then forget about it,”

What kind of feedback are you getting for Call May Agent?

I’m getting good responses. A lot of people, who have watched the show, have said that I stand out. Since it’s my OTT debut, it’s really motivating. A growing actor wants to hear appreciation in his first show at least.

Being a Punjabi, how difficult was it to portray a Parsi character?

There are challenges when you have to play a person who speaks a different dialect but the script helped me a lot.

Since they are modern agents, a lot of slang that Parsis use will not come in place. It will only happen when you are in a private space, or in distress.

The idea was not to overdo it, but to keep it natural, to have a sprinkle of it.

I have done it the way it was written.

It was challenging, and took a little time because I am not used to saying those words.

But some friends helped me with the script.

Each time we would do a scene, I would change it after discussing with Shaad sir.

You worked with actors like Rajat Kapoor, Soni Razdan and Aahana Kumra. Were you worried?

To be very honest, I did not worry because the cast was so nice and sweet. We got along from Day One.

All four of us became good friends by the end of it.

Aahana, Soni ma’am and I shared a van -- it was a three-door van -- and we would keep our doors open.

We would have lunch together, Rajat sir would join us.

In an ensemble cast, sometimes there is worry about screen time but since it is adapted from a French show, we knew exactly what we had signed up for. So there is no insecurity.

Meeting my co-stars was one of the best experiences of my life because all of them were so kind, generous, sweet and talented.

You worked with actors like Rajat Kapoor, Soni Razdan and Aahana Kumra. Were you worried?

To be very honest, I did not worry because the cast was so nice and sweet. We got along from Day One.

All four of us became good friends by the end of it.

Aahana, Soni ma’am and I shared a van -- it was a three-door van -- and we would keep our doors open.

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