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Interview With Entrepreneur, Actor, And Film Maker Romy

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Interview With Entrepreneur, Actor, And Film Maker Romy

Interview With Entrepreneur, Actor, And Film Maker Romy

It is pleasure to have you as our guest Romy. Please tell us about yourself.
Well, I am a computer engineer by education from Indore, India. In 1997, I landed in the US with $500 and a job in a consulting firm in Silicon Valley. Deep in my heart, I always dreamed about becoming my boss and owning a technology company. After a couple of failed attempts in 4 years, I finally came up with an idea during my MBA from Santa Clara University that started to catch on. Soon, I left both my MBA and job and started taking the idea to the next level with full commitment. In 2013, that company ‘Longjump’ was acquired by Germany’s second-largest software company for $35 million. After that, I started another software firm ‘Pulpstream’ in 2015 that is running well. At the same time, I began to turn another dream into reality. It was always to make and act in a movie. That dream came to fruition in 2020 with the establishment of Sweet Deal Entertainment.

You are an actor and a producer. What attracted you to such a competitive industry?
I have always pursued my dreams, which made me a technology entrepreneur, and now that is what has made me an actor and producer. It has always been a dream in my heart to be an actor. In 2020 Jan, I decided to turn that into reality. I knew I need to hustle to get anything going in Hollywood. I established a profile on actors access and started to build contacts in the industry. Pretty soon, some auditions began to appear, starting with student films. Almost every industry is highly competitive, and the entertainment industry is even more so. The only way to succeed in this industry is by offering a unique product and working with discipline and hard work.

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You have recently worked in the film Bad People. Tell us more about this film.
Bad people is a story about a struggling immigrant Arjun Mukhopadhyay, a man in his early 40s, who left India to escape an arranged marriage and a predictable life. His dreams of American success have fallen short and now his ramshackle car lot is all he has left. When debt collectors come knocking, Arjun protects his pocket lint like a toothless dog. Things are looking grim when they leave him empty-handed, yet Arjun continues to seek opportunities in crack whores, cowboys, con-artists, and all the worst America has to offer.

What role do you love the most in real life? Actor or producer?
I love the role of a producer. Having the independence to craft ideas and turn them into reality is entrepreneurship, which is what I have always pursued for the last 20 years.

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What are your views about the Bollywood film industry?
Every industry has its way of operating. I have not interacted much with folks over there, but I know it is not as organized as Hollywood is. The presence of organized casting outlets and licensed talent agents allows newcomers to find openings. I wish Bollywood has that.
There are several independent film producers in North America of Indian descent. Even though filmmakers struggle for funding, but you think there will be an American version of Bollywood in the next decade?
I believe you will see an increased presence of south Asian producers and actors in this decade. The increasing number of south Asian students pursuing a career in film making certainly portends the future.

Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?
I want to establish myself both as an actor and producer in the next few years. It will be a lot of hard work and luck that can help me meet those goals. I knew coming into it that this will be a long road, but I am ready for it.

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Tell us about the most satisfactory moment during the making of your film.
We filmed during the peak of Covid in LA in July; there was a lot of tension in the air. There was a sigh of great relief when we wrapped up after a week of shooting. The most satisfactory moment when we checked back with the team after five days and found everyone healthy.

What is a daily routine for you as a filmmaker?
As a newcomer to the industry, it is all about building relationships. The day goes in talking to various new filmmakers, discussing projects. A typical day also involves meeting with the Sweet Deals entertainment team members on production planning for upcoming shoots.

Some words for our readers.
Be passionate. You must find your passion and then work hard to pursue it. Two things are needed to be successful in life. First, dream about where you want to be in your life and then get up and work hard to turn that dream into reality. That is the motto by which I have lived all my life, and I believe it is possible to make things happen with hard work, passion, and grit.

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