Taapsee Pannu to Amit Sadh: Is it important to have a plan B
From Thappad actor Taapsee Pannu to Amit Sadh – Kai Po Che fame along with many Bollywood celebs are of the belief that it is important to have a plan B
The entertainment industry, as they say, isn’t as glamorous as it looks from the outside. There are failures, rejections, questions, doubts, and uncertainties that can break anyone from inside. And a lot of actors agree that survival here can be really tough. But if things don’t go as per plan, what shall one do? That’s when a backup plan comes into play. But is it important for everyone who enters showbiz to have a plan B ready?
“Yes it’s very important. That makes us stay away from making desperate decisions and gives us a sense of security,” says Taapsee Pannu, who has a wedding planning company and owns a team in the Premier Badminton League.
The actor further elaborates, “I have done engineering. So, I always had confidence that if things don’t work in the film industry, I’ll join an engineering job or do an MBA. My business investments aren’t as a backup option, but more to have other things in life to distract me from the main job when things get heavy. But yes, these businesses are good as a backup, too.”
Speaking of Sonu Sood, he feels people have misconceptions about the film industry. He opened up as how actors often told him that they would buy an expensive car to come to work, so they can create an impression and get paid more.
“But I never paid heed and bought my house first because I realised if I’ve a place to stay, I’d feel more secured. In showbiz one needs to stay away from any kind of trap, stay focused and not limit themselves to just one thing,” adds Sood, who owns three restaurants and a hotel in Mumbai.
Actor Ashish Chowdhry has been very clear from the beginning that even though he wants to become an actor, financial stability has to be there. “I felt that would give me the liberty to choose right kind of projects. That freedom was necessary. Acting can be my butter, but not my bread,” says the actor, who runs an ad agency, production house and has stakes in a few other companies.
However, Anupria Goenka, who we last saw in an OTT original web series Asur is of the belief that acting is a profession that requires your entire focus. “That’s equally important to make it your ‘be all and end all’ because it’s such a passion driven career. However, since the beginning, I knew if this didn’t work, I’d go back to the corporate sector where I’ve worked before.”
Actor Amit Sadh feels that instead of having an alternate to go back to, one should make the job at hand work. “If you aren’t doing well and want to try something else, that’s called an evolution. That’s not plan B, but a new rectified plan A,” he says.