Filmfare Exclusive: Ahsaas Channa gets candid about her journey so far

Filmfare Exclusive: Ahsaas Channa gets candid about her journey so far

by | November 18, 2021, 12:38 IST

Ahsaas Channa grew up in Mumbai and the acting bug bit her quite early in life. She was a part of several advertisements before she got a break as a child artiste in Vaastu Shastra (2004). The horror film required a little boy but the makers were so impressed with Ahsaas, they got her to play the part. This started her journey and films like Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) and My Friend Ganesha (2007) came her way. After playing the role of boys till then, she finally got to play a girl in another horror film called Phoonk (2008). She’s a known face with her digital presence and has worked in web series like Kota Factory, Hostel Daze, Girls Hostel and The Intern. She was also a part of the hit primetime television show, Devon Ke Dev Mahadev. Her latest show Clutch on Dice Media is already making waves and is India’s first e-sports web series that released last month. She was also a part of the hit primetime television show, Devon Ke Dev Mahadev. Her latest show Clutch on Dice Media is already making waves and is India’s first e-sports wed series that released last

We catch up with her about her life so far and what’s more to come in this interview. Excerpts…

Tell me your entire life journey. Where were you born? your education? Childhood dreams? First job?

I was born and brought up in the City of Dreams – Mumbai . My sister was never interested in acting but then I was born a dramebaaz, and showed interest in acting and imitating actors since I was 4 years old. It made my mom very keen on getting me to audition for roles and I started doing a few ads. Then Vastu Shastra happened and it changed my life. I had an extraordinary childhood but never missed out on anything in particular, be it time spent with my friends or activities that could bring joy to a child in general. ch. I used to complete my academic projects during my summer vacations, my teachers were quite supportive of my early career choice and all my friends helped me catch up with all the studies or classes I might’ve missed out on. I completed my graduation in psychology from Mumbai University. My childhood dream that I have still kept alive is to become a Bollywood actor and contribute to the industry with  exceptional work. I’m extremely happy with the way things are going for me currently,  with interesting OTT projects and campaigns while my heart is set on films, so that is definitely  something I wanna go back to. OTT projects and campaigns while my heart is set on films, so that is definitely  something I wanna go back to

How did acting happen for you?

I loved enacting  all the scenes from films that were aired on TV. I remembered scenes from Sholay by heart when I was 3 and a half years old. My mom noticed my love for  acting and she got me a few auditions as she was familiar with a lot of casting directors as well. I did a couple of ads and bagged my first film Vastu Shastra  where  I played the role of a boy. They wanted a boy for the part but they were impressed with my audition and that’s when they convinced my mom to let me play the part. Things kept working out and people really appreciated my character in the film and that  is when Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and My Friend Ganesha came along. But at one point my mother and I decided to stop being a boy for films and that was when I did my first film as a girl which I was in – Phoonk.But at one point my mother and I decided to stop being a boy for films and that was when I did my first film as a girl which I was in – Phoonk.

What are the projects you have done in the past & what are your future ones?

I’ve acted in films like Vastu shastra, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, My Friend Ganesha and Phoonk and a few TV shows like Oye jassie, Devon Ke Dev Mahadev as a child actor. I extremely loved playing different roles in Web Series such as  Kota Factory, Hostel Daze, Girls Hostel, Clutch with Dice Media and The Interns among others.

My upcoming projects that I am excited about and looking forward to are Kota Factory Season 02 on Netflix, U special on Lionsgate.out and looking forward to are Kota Factory Season 02 on Netflix, U special on Lionsgate and Clutch on Dice Media.

Your mother is also an actor. What are conversations about work like at home?

We talk about work, discuss films. She’s a complete inspiration to me. She’s the one who’s taught me acting and everything about life and helped me grow in this industry. She is my biggest critic. I watch all my work with her so she always has feedback to give which makes me better at my craft.I watch all my work with her so she always has feedback to give which makes me better at my craft.

What do you feel when you look back at the films you played a boy in?

I’m very proud of it and this journey has given me so many great opportunities and it has helped me live different characters in life that I wouldn’t even know about otherwise. It’s added so much to my career. I miss it but I go back and watch my films,  laugh, enjoy and reminisce just about all of it.

What’s your dream role?

Anything that challenges me as an actor is my dream role. is my dream role

Your favorite actor & actress…

I love Deepika Padukone and Aamir Khan

Your hobbies or vocational interests…

I love watching films, reading and cooking too. I would love to explore every country in Europe and experience the lifestyle there.

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