Aanushka Ramesh - Even a small act of positivity can create a butterfly effect, and impact someone’s life.


Imagine being in the constant spotlight and one fine day, you realise there is a lockdown. The actor in you is trapped in the tranquillity that you haven’t been accustomed too. Where do you go from here, do you have any alternatives to shine and live the life you always loved.Actor Aanushka Ramesh considers herself not just as an actor but a firm believer in magic. Monotony in life for her is perceived as death since her love is living life on the edge. Here’s Aanushka’s version of how she broke the barriers of a predictable boring during the lockdown phase and made it an exciting one with fond memories and accolades galore.

The interview:
How would you describe the lockdown period?
I think this lockdown period has been an unprecedented and the biggest challenge in recent times. We have never seen such a lockdown scenario which has affected us on a global scale. There have been lockdowns earlier, but they were restricted to some parts of the world. Physically, mentally, psychologically, economically - this lockdown will have the biggest and most long lasting repercussions on all of us. 

What new hobbies have you started or experimented during this phase?
I actually started a lot of activities during this lockdown phase. After the initial frustration of 5-7 days, I decided the only way to get through this lockdown was to discipline myself and use this time productively by keeping myself engaged.

Being the hyperactive person I am, I started doing home workouts (even though I hate home workouts and find them really boring), making videos for social media, coming live on social media platforms, meditating, binge watching, reconnecting with my friends, reading, etc. 

As an actor, you seem to have done a lot of work in the work-from-home mode too.
One of the most interesting things we did was a comedy micro-series with my friends which we all shot from our homes. It’s called Lockdown Ke Side Effects. It was most interesting because all of us actors have never even met. We have released one episode so far and the response has been fabulous, we are currently working on the second episode. 

Also I shot a dance based video with my friends as part of an international magazine challenge. This was again shot from our homes. I did it just for fun but we ended up winning the challenge and that was a great high. All this really encourages you, and now I don’t realize how time goes by because I decided to keep myself busy and not get into a negative mind-set.

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Which films / web series / shows / content you have loved watching during this phase and why?
I have binge watched on quite a few. Here are some of my favourite shows:

·       Money Heist- love it for the plot and characters. I think it is one of the most well written shows ever.

·       Narcos- I love the way this crime drama has been shot, and again the characters are simply fascinating. They are black, white, grey n all shades in one 

·       Toy Boy- has a very interesting plot and very well shot.

·       Dark- one of the most fascinating shows in terms of story. It’s a total mind bender.

·       Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan- I laughed my guts out with this one.

What have you missed eating or drinking most?
I have missed eating KFC and chaat the most. 

Have you tried cooking most of your favourites at home already? Any new recipes you tried out.
I can’t cook to save my life. My culinary skills are limited to Maggi noodles and scrambled eggs. Yes, at times I did make these for myself.

What’s the one skill you did not know you had and realized during this phase?
The one skill I did not know I had, was that of direction. Of course it’s at a very amateurish and nascent stage. For the social media videos which I conceptualized, I exactly instructed my friends on how I wanted them. Not only did I execute my visualization but also edited the videos. This came as a real surprise for me since they turned out much better than expected. What touched me most was the appreciation I garnered for them from my friends and fans.

What has been the most annoying thing you have observed during this period?
The most annoying thing for me has been the false information spreading, the general negativity and fear-based news spreading by some people.

Has the lockdown changed you in some way – emotionally or mentally? What are the changes you have seen in yourself?
I think it has definitely made me more patient, calm, mentally stronger and disciplined. It wasn’t easy, I think the most difficult thing is to discipline yourself. 

Also I feel nothing in this world is more important than being a good person and being kind. I sincerely urge people to be kind, not just because of the lockdown but as a way of life. And live your life like a leader, because your life is in your own hands. External situations are not in our control, but our response to them is. 

That’s why even I decided that in this lockdown I would try and spread only positivity, and it has worked great so far. Even a small act of positivity can create a butterfly effect, and impact someone’s life. 

What are the 3 things you would surely try out once the lockdown is over?

·       I really want to hang out with my friends once the lockdown is over, I miss them. 
·       Eating at my favourite restaurants. 
·       Getting back to my shoots and work routine. 

How would you handle your life post 31st May 2020? Any care tips you plan to follow.

I think after 31st May 2020, we all have to modify our lives a little bit until the corona threat subsides. Social distancing, practicing good hygiene, eating healthy food will be the maxims for most of us. I think most of these things I was already doing because as an actor most of us lead healthy lives. But certain things like wearing masks, and social distancing are new. Also I think we will have to get used to new ways of travelling, and movement in our daily lives as most places will now have checks and other precautionary measures.

What have been the learnings from the lockdown? How has this phase changed you as a person?
One of my biggest learnings has been patience. Also I believe as humans we are an extremely resilient race, and somehow we will bounce back from this. Also seeing so many people come out and help others, or keep spirits up through creative efforts has been so encouraging. It makes me believe in the goodness of humanity, because I believe at heart everyone is good. And we are all connected as a race. 

Another great learning has been that if you decide and make up your mind, you can do anything. Before lockdown, I would have never even dreamt of sitting home like this for such long indefinite periods. I am an extremely outgoing person, and being in a city like Mumbai and being from the entertainment industry we have extremely hectic schedules. But because I made up my mind, I adapted and I am proud of myself for that.

It reminded me of few lines I wrote when I was in college, which is what I’d like to end with - 

No problem is Insurmountable 
No situation Immutable
Vicissitudes aren’t Uncommon 
And Miracles can happen!