Vikram Sharma – When the love of theatre takes you from Jammu to New York

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Vikram Sharma, a name well known to the theatre lovers of Jammu and Kashmir is in New York for the last few years. We decided to catch up on what he has been up to. We have seen him on stage numerous times in plays such as Bawa jitto, Kauva chala Hans ki chaal, Bichoo and many others and as audiences we were never disappointed.

He also played the role of Gulshan in the critically acclaimed feature film Gul Gulshan Gulfam. After having a promising career in theatre, he suddenly left for New York to pursue a full time acting course in world renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film institute. We had many questions and got to interview him through Skype to get answers for as many as we could.

•First off it is great talking to you Vikram. It is good to see you after such a long time. How are you doing?
-It feels great to talk to you guys too. I am doing really good here but I also wanna tell you that it is really cold. I cannot wait for spring to come!

•So tell us how has your experience in New York been so far?
-Oh New York is amazing. It is such a great city. There is so much to do specially if you are an artist. You see the best of art from all around the world. It just inspires you to keep working with a belief that you can always do more. It is impossible to feel lazy here.
•How was your experience at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film institute. Do you think going back to the school was a right decision providing that your career looked promising and you could’ve  done a lot of work here.
-I think it was one of the best decisions that I’ve made. I learned so much from teachers who are masters in this field. I have been extremely lucky. I seriously believe that taking a class is the best way to stay in shape as an actor. The work you generate is a direct result of the work you do on yourself.

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•Talking about work, we know you also did ‘Death of a Salesman’ in New York City. How was that?
-It was really fun playing the role of Biff. It was always my dream to play that character. It is such a great play. I remember working on this character five years ago in a workshop with FTII (Films and Television Institute of India) and five years later I played it in NYC. It was a dream come true because I learned so much while working on this character. I was working with an amazing director and an amazing cast. It was an amazing experience!

•Do you have any more projects lined up?
-I do actually. I have a Web-series coming called Marcello. If everything goes right it is scheduled to be shot in the beginning of April. Also, I have a new play opening in April called Wutopia directed by Ben Gougean. These two are the recent ones. Other than these I have a lot of other projects in the pipeline.

•Do you have any plans of working in India or do you want to work in the states only?
-Right now I’m focussing more on my career here. It is a great place and like they say ‘if you can make it here you can make it anywhere’, but if a good project comes along I would love to do it regardless of where it is.

•It was great catching up with you Vikram we wish you all the very best for your career and we wish to see more of your work.
-Oh was great to talk to you guys,thanks for reaching out. I’m humbled.God bless