Newcomer Shashank Arora considers himself blessed for having bagged the starring role in 'Titli', which will see its world premiere at the on-going Cannes Film Festival.
Helmed by debutant director Kanu Behl and produced by Dibakar Banerjee and Yash Raj Films, the family drama is slated to premiere in the 'Un Certain Regard' category at Cannes. The movie also stars Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and Lalit Behl.
"I feel blessed as I had never imagined that my debut film will premiere in Cannes. Five years ago, I was doing auditions and now I am heading to Cannes. I am happy that I got to do what I love to do and with someone who is a great director and who really spoon fed me when I needed," Shashank told PTI before leaving for the French city. "I will tag along with the director and will watch great cinema. I can learn some things and watch wonderful cinema as well," he added.
The actor landed in Mumbai as a teenager in hopes of pursuing his dreams after graduating from Montreal. "When I was about 15, I was editing and putting music to videos on my computer. When I was 17, I left for Montreal Canada and did Fine Arts Bachelor in music and cinema.
"After two years I came to Bombay when I was 19 and studied acting for two years. I was cast in two three productions before meeting Kanu for 'Titli'," he added. Shashank does not identify with the role he plays in 'Titli' and attended workshops to prepare for the character.
"I attended a few workshops which were needed to create a few things the character was going through as I am not really like him. I also went to Meerut to prepare." He may be acting in movies now, but Shashank is intrigued by filmmaking and has a dream to turn director.
"I just love making cinema. I have dreams of making films and being part of it. I hope people like my film. (Post 'Titli') I intend to keep my head grounded and keep working," he said. World cinema and that of Bollywood holds special value in the actor's life. "I love good stories.
Some of the Bollywood movies are really passionate and entertaining. There is world cinema and Iranian films which are fresh and have wonderful stories. I like watching new and fresh movies," he said.