From films to commercials and TV productions, actor Sahil Phull says he loves to use his body and emotions to create characters that entertain
It’s not always about six packs and a well-toned torso.
At first appearance, Sahil Phull comes across as a brusque, beefy gentleman with undulating muscles. But watch him perform and what you get is an engaging actor with boundless enthusiasm for the process of taking a character from page to screen.
Born and brought up in Jammu (India), Sahil was always fascinated by acting. From the time he was a child, Sahil was an active theatre artist and did several stage-shows. After completing his basic education from Jammu he shifted to Mumbai to pursue a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.
“Acting has always been my passion. I did engineering as it was what my parents wanted and after completing their dream I started working towards my own. I love performing, whether it is on stage, in a film or on television,” says Phull. “Being an actor and securing regular work can be very tough and so having an alternative to career plan (which I hopefully will never need) is important,” adds Phull.
Phull says he was inspired by his father, who is also into showbiz. “Whenever my father used to go to a set for work, I used to accompany him. I loved that world,” says Phull.
“I started doing theatre workshops when I was 12 years old. I also did some shows at the National School of Drama in Delhi, till class 12. Even after I moved to Mumbai I was involved in modeling and theatre,” says Phull.
Phull says he sees his journey between Mumbai and Melbourne last year as a turning point in his acting career.
Before he managed to get in front of the camera, Phull did his fair share of work behind the scenes. He started his career in the film industry as an assistant director. “I worked for 15-19 hours at a stretch and that is how I entered in this field. After directing, I experimented with production and worked as an assistant producer for a few Bollywood films and India International TV commercials. In 2012, I started focusing completely on my acting career,” says Phull.
“I have been lucky enough to get a number of opportunities in modeling and acting but my real break came when I bagged the lead role in the Indian /Australian co-produced TV series pilot “Moti Gori” for an Australian TV channel. This role opened vistas of opportunities for me which include signing of a Bollywood feature film, an Australian short film, an Australian/Indian documentary and an Australia/Indian feature film,” says Phull.
Phull’s performance in ‘Moti Gori’ was intense and helped him connect with the audience. After his involvement with Mori Gori, Phull was cast as the lead in the Tropfest short film ‘Shabd’, directed by Melbourne-based legendary actor and emerging director Tony Nikolakopoulos. Nikolakopoulos and his co-creator and producer Tammy Fitzgerald were so impressed with Phull as an actor that they offered him work on two more projects — a developmental documentary set in India and a feature film (a joint Indo-Australian venture).
Phull also got a chance to attend an intensive acting workshop with Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah, Australian acting teacher Dalip Sondhi and Victorian College of Arts, Victoria. He has also done course in advanced acting with Nikolakopolus besides workshops held by Neeraj Kabi, Sanjay Singh and an acting course.
His recent works include the lead in feature ‘Punaha’, and Madhouse, a feature by Sydney Theatre Company(STC).
“I feel acting is what I was always meant to do. I can’t stop myself from acting. I love to use my imagination, my emotions, and my body to create characters which tell a story that entertains,” he says.