Merlvin Mukhim had essayed the role of Manbha, in the National Award winning film ‘Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty’. Recently he has featured in Sohra Bridge which was one of the films selected for the prestigious Indian Panorama, IFFI. Merlvin’s latest film Onaatah – of the Earth awaits release.
Thank you for adjusting your schedule and conversing with us Merlvin.
Q. You have just completed filming Onaatah. What was challenging about bringing this script to life?
Maintaining the simplicity of my character, staying true to the life of a village lad, and feeling the ambiance around while shooting. But, it definitely was fun.
Q. Tell us something about your journey into acting.
I would say it was more out of the feeling of adventure than anything else. However, since my first film Hep-a shattered dream, I have found it more and more difficult to not think of a life without acting, or staying away from it for too long.
Q. You are also into music. What caught your interest there?
I have always loved music and performing as a singer. In fact this started as early as age thirteen, where I was a regular performer in school musicals. I have performed with a couple of friends since then, and formed rock and acappella bands. I was also lucky to be selected as a founding member of The Shillong Chamber choir way back in 2001. But given work requirements, and family life, I had to give up after about seven years with the choir. Since then I have performed as a solo artist, and continue to do so.
Q. How do you juggle between a day job , acting , music and all the other activities that you are part of?
It’s the passion that helps, though you’re not the first to have asked me this question. I admit it can be pretty strenuous at times, but I’m not complaining. It also takes dedication and a lot of time management.
Q. So how is Merlvin off the camera? Tell us one thing that the readers do not know about you.
Down to earth, and very much a fun loving individual. I enjoy riding my bike on free days, and venture into the city’s outskirts. I also love spending as much time at home, just as much as I enjoy the company of a few close friends. I also love cooking and spending time watching movies.
Q. Tell us a little about your experience of working with Pradip Kurbah and Bappaditya Bandopadhyay.
While both of them are ardent film makers, I would say that they differ in their style of work. There is a lot that I have learnt from being part of their films such as correctplanning, technique, and picturising of the possible outcome. I feel I have been able to adapt quite well to both styles. It has been an honour, personally, to have had opportunities to work with both Bappa Da and Mr. Pradip Kurbah.
Q. Apart from acting and music, that one thing that drives you?
Q. Your tips for aspiring actors.
Sincerity and dedication, I would say are intrinsic values that one must have. Apart from that, I would say constant learning in the field must never be lost, since there is so much to learn and pick from each project, or for that matter day to day life. Also important is the ability to observe your surroundings, which I have learnt from Mr. Pradip. I am sure this can help in improving one’s artistic abilities and quality.
We at Nelive wish you all the success in your upcoming projects.