I’m inspired by Kamal Haasan’s work, says Aashram actor Chandan Roy Sanyal, who wants to do comic and romantic roles.


Actor Chandan Roy Sanyal, who is receiving plaudits for his recently released series Aashram 3, claims that his phone was constantly ringing and he didn’t open his social media accounts for a time after the season was launched. In the current season, his character Swami Bhupendra Singh (Bhuppa Swami) takes on a new persona. Sanyal claims that things have been going great for him after completing Aashram, and that he is receiving offers left and right. The actor, on the other hand, claims that he has yet to play a brilliant comedy or romantic role.

He also discussed his spiritual awakening and journey towards spiritualism in a free-wheeling interview with News18. Excerpts:

How has your character changed in the third season of Aashram, and what has been the reaction?

You can see how dark and competitive Bhuppa is in the first two seasons, as well as how brilliant a businessman and a cool and cold-blooded guy he is. This season, however, we see him in a different light. Baba (Bobby Deol), a friend for whom he has spent his entire life, is continuously pushing him. You’ll notice how Baba is constantly challenging him and questioning his ethics. As a result, Bhuppa asks a question concerning his friendship, which causes him to be perplexed and upset.

The feedback has been fantastic, and it’s only getting better. My phone was continuously buzzing, so I turned off my social media. The gratitude was overwhelming, although I had been away from social media for long time.

How have things altered for you since Aashram?

My stock and stake have risen a lot with the release of Aashram. Fortunately, I did another Netflix show called ‘Ray,’ which received amazing reviews as well. Then Sanak did well, so fortunately, all of my efforts have just added to the glory, and people have begun to send me incredible characters. It’s humbling to receive an offer for a film or a series virtually every week.

Has this acknowledgement and praise aided you in landing the positions you’ve always wanted?

It’s starting to pick up. I still haven’t figured out what I want to do, but I believe it’s only a matter of time. Every day that I get to do some excellent comedy, I am truly manifesting this. I believe I have a good sense of humour and good comic timing, and I’d like to try humour as well as romance, and I’d like to write some long-form love stories. Mr. Kamal Haasan’s work has always inspired me, and he is one of my favourite performers of all time.

Is there a specific director with whom you’d like to collaborate on these two genres?

Vishal Bhardwaj, Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, and Vikramaditya Motwane are all filmmakers I’d like to collaborate with. Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani are two other filmmakers I admire and would like to collaborate with.

What role has OTT played in your career as an actor?

Because the films I made were critically acclaimed and my parts were well-received, OTT has greatly aided my development as an actor. However, you don’t have as much time and room to perform in films. I honestly believe that will change for me today, but the work I’m doing on OTT has given me a lot of leeway to express myself. Especially in the case of Aashram. We just finished the third season and are now working on the fourth. As a result, you get to spend a lot of time with your character. ‘You are a star, what an act, nobody like you,’ a lot of people have started contacting me. All of these messages are quite humbling. OTT has provided me with the freedom to experiment as well as the duration and space to perform.

Aashram is a spiritual centre with a lot of spirituality. In actual life, how spiritually oriented are you?

I’ve been acting since I was in college, and I’ve always wondered why people wanted to be actors. The majority of them stated that they are passionate, enjoy acting, or aspire to be famous, and that they have a lot of money and a car. Then it dawned on me why I want to be an actor. I began acting because it allowed me to forget about my anxieties and instilled in me a sense of self-assurance. I used to be shy and reserved. It changed my personality, and I began to like acting as a result. It assisted me in maturing as a person, and everything altered as a result.

When my father died in February, I was in the midst of one of my darkest periods. I was depressed after witnessing a man die in front of my eyes and feeling useless. I was at a loss for what to do, and everything seemed to be falling apart around me. Then you realise what life is all about, because everything can change in an instant. Then I realised I was looking for something, so I started reading books and meeting people who offered me some excellent answers. I began to watch a lot of videos on YouTube and to write as well.

My father’s departure changed me as a person, but I’ve discovered a new cause to live. The departure of singer KK a few days ago came as a complete shock to all of us. But that is life, and there is nothing you can do to change it. All of these events led me to spiritualism, and I realised that I had always been spiritual. Now is the time for the awakening to begin.