Passionate Powerhouse - Kashika Kapoor

Kashika Kapoor is young and extremely talented for her age. This self-taught young lady has learned various art forms. She’s an exceptional kathak dancer, singer, and a great actor. At just 18 years of age, she’s indeed a powerhouse of talent. We caught up with her to learn more about her upbringing and her ambitions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Mumbai. I always performed well in my academics and was good at sports. In addition, I have represented our country in national level throwball and basketball tournaments. I also took part in national level swimming and running competitions. I have always been a firm believer that to achieve goals, one must be extremely determined and hard working. For me, challenges are what make me grow as an individual, learn about myself and the world around me.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a model/actor?
Growing up, I used to watch a lot of movies and listen to classical Bollywood music. Soon I developed an interest in acting. With the support of my family, I started learning singing, Kathak dance and martial arts. When I was in 11th grade, I went to the Jeff Goldberg Studio in Mumbai to learn acting for six months. I also learned acting for a year from the renowned New York Film Academy. I believe that having knowledge in the various creative arts will help me achieve my dream of becoming an actress. I’m extremely grateful for having such supportive parents, who always encouraged me to follow my dreams and reach greater heights.

What inspires you the most about the entertainment industry?
The one thing that fascinates me is how a camera can capture a person in ways you have never imagined. Cinematography is an art and I want to be the canvas. I’m also comfortable with acting and getting involved in a character in front of the camera. I experiment with various roles, using different voices and body languages.

Are you open to taking up any roles that may come your way?
Yes, absolutely, but I will only accept roles and movies that are meaningful and something I can relate to. I would not sign a movie just for the sake of acting; rather, the movie and the character should be things I can resonate with.

Having been born and brought up in Mumbai, would you be comfortable working in the Tollywood industry?
Yes, if the movie has a good subject. I have always wanted to be a part of the Tollywood industry, as I believe that it’s the right place for aspiring young artists.

What’s your dream role?
My dream role would be to act in films that people can connect with. I strongly believe that the love of my audience and journalists is what will help me thrive to perform to the best of my abilities.

We hear you’ve been trained in Kathak, music, and dancing.
Yes, I am very fond of dancing and it has always been an important part of my life. When I was just four years old, I started learning kathak dance and have been dancing since then. I also learned other dance forms like hip-hop, jazz, Bollywood, and funk. Apart from dancing, I love singing. I’m constantly learning different art forms.

You are associated with several social initiatives. Can you tell us a little about them?
Yes, I have always associated myself with social initiatives. I’ve been working with a non-profit organisation in Mumbai – Smiley Souls. We provide meal kits, household essentials and sanitary napkins to families of daily wage workers. We also provide hygienic and cooked meals to homeless people and police officers. To combat the spread of the virus, we have been providing masks and gloves to medical workers and transgender individuals. I have also worked with Mumbai north central district forum, led by a lawyer, Trivan Kumar Karnani. This particular initiative works towards helping people with redressal of public grievances and forwarding recommendations to higher authorities. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and happy to be associated with such good social causes.

What are your future plans?
I will continue to work hard and master the art of acting. After I establish a name for myself in the entertainment industry, I want to start an organisation through which I can help young and aspiring artists like myself.

What advice would you give to aspiring young artists?
I strongly believe that every person has their own talents and is beautiful in their own ways. My only advice would be that if you really want to achieve your dreams, don’t let anything get in your way. Go chase your dreams and lead life on your own terms. I am very grateful for my wonderful family and friends, who have supported me and will continue to do so.   --   as told to Akhila