Indian Actor Shravan Jasti is Building a Career From Tollywood to Bollywood to Hollywood and Beyond and Preparing a Project for the 2016 Hindu Festival of Lights.

Bollywood Actor Shravan Jasti gave up following the family business to pursue his dream of becoming a film actor. He is studying around the world, including at the famed Strasberg Institute in Hollywood, California. His latest film project “Okka Ammayi Kathah” is being shot in India under the banner of Cineteria Productions and directed by Arun Kumar. It will be finished in 2016 and is scheduled for release during Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights.


Los Angeles, CA, Dec 9th, 2015 -- Shravan Jasti is a young actor from Hyderabad, India, who chose to follow his dream of becoming an actor instead of taking his expected place in the family business. His most recent film project is a role in a romantic comedy being filmed in India under the banner of Cineteria Productions, “Okka Ammayi Kathah,” directed by Arun Kumar. It will be finished in 2016 and scheduled for release during Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. The movie is being shot in Ramoji Film City, certified by Guinness World Records as the largest film production studio in the world, spread across 2000 acres.

The actor often travels for his acting, both to study at renowned acting schools and to work professionally. He recently lived in Los Angeles for a period of time while studying at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Jasti's earlier acting work was done in India's Tollywood, a sibling to the Bollywood industry.Tollywood, one of the three largest film producers in India, dates back to 1921 and is the Teluga language cinema of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Bollywood is the name for the Hindi language film industry based in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay.

As India's long film history becomes more well-known, their influence grows as well. In an interview with the young actor, Jasti states thathis decision to study at Hollywood's Lee Strasberg Institute was influenced greatly by an actor friend with whom he had studied in India. Many well-known Indian actors have trained there, and both sides of the world have a growing influence on each other.

In considering the differences he has observed in Bollywood acting styles compared to Hollywood, Shravan said Indian movies are very sentimental with a lot of emotional depth. He notes that actors in India are expected to dance, do their own stunts, and sometimes sing. In Hollywood stunt men and stand-ins are often used where appropriate, although he has noticed recently that more Hollywood actors are doing their own stunts. Jasti is currently taking a dancing class to help him in future film assignments, as he believes it is important to always expand your skills for acting roles.

As his career continues to be more and more demanding, Jasti admits that one of the greatest challenges he faces is being able to handle the constant pressure of remaining composed and attentive on a chaotic set -- specifically in maintaining what he believes matters most, inner peace.

“Having a way to get centered and peaceful is so important to a career, no matter what level, in the beginning as well as when you are famous. I meditate in the morning and start off my day with gratitude and affirmation. That gives me so much peace, love and happiness. If you are not content with what you have, you are not going to receive more."

Jasti believes his dedicated devotion to meditation is key to his ability to achieve the key to good acting, preparation. Having a strong imagination and living in the moment will pay off, but everything works out better if the research and homework are right. Shravan recalls one example of preparation early in his career which, in retrospect, seems rather extreme. He played an impoverished friend of a war veteran and “starved myself for a few days while the summer heat in India drained the life out of me”.

When fans and industry professionals mention Jasti’s work, they often mention his inclination toward comedy. In fact, one of his credits is “Transcendental Meditation Comedy." He is quick to point out, however, that his basic goal is to offer versatility and to maximize his cultural eccentricity. He believes, "Acting is a powerful way to influence culture with the potential to change the world for the better."

It seems this handsome young Indian actor brings not only the comedy that he is known as an actor, but the depth and soul that one might wish for from an actor aspiring out to change the world for the better.

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