Actor Pitobash is going places. He debut in the movie 99 alongside Boman Irani, Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan. He went on to do a blink and miss role in the super hit movie 3 Idiots. Ptiobash was also a part of the feel-good, I Am Kalam, directed by Nila Madhab Panda, and Shor in the City. He also made his Hollywood debut in Million Dollar Arm in 2014.
But it was with Begum Jaan, that the world stood up and noticed. As Surjeet, one of the two men who stood by the protagonists, he made his mark. As if starring alongside one diva was not enough, he has gone on to work with another. His latest appearance is in MOM with Sridevi, who is often called the female Amitabh Bachchan.
But Pitobash is categorical when he says, “Success is not like piece of cake. You need to work hard to reach your goal, as everytime you might not be lucky.”
But then he sure knows about hard work for Pitobash did not have it easy. During his initial years in Mumbai, he shared a single room with six-seven people, having made the journey which many strugglers in the film industry embark upon. When he arrived from Orissa, he tried going tough but soon realised that Mumbai was an expensive city.
Even though Pitobash completed his B.Tech from Kolkata, his heart was set on acting from childhood and he decided to pursue a diploma course from the Film and Television Institute of India. “I knew the amount of talent that came to Mumbai for a break, so I understood the importance of polishing my talent and getting proper training. That is the reason I joined FTII,” he says. He was also doing professional theatre alongside his course in Kolkata.