Entrepreneur: Nitesh Pandey
Business Name: Big Guy Productions
Welcome to Entrepreneurs of India #startupstories episode 61
Nitesh Pandey is an actor by passion. His remarkable acting skills earned him a reputation in theatre as he acted in 35 plays across 500 stages. The love for acting helped him carve a niche for himself in the glamorous world of cinema, primarily Hindi films.
He shared screen with most Bollywood biggies such as Aamir, Shahrukh and Salman. In his extensive career that spans over two decades, he donned many hats, from producing radio programmes to scripting television series.
Now Nitesh is in spotlight for producing films under his new production company, Big Guy Productions. He is excited to be a part of this venture as it helps him churn out quality films in regional languages. The role of a producer gives him an opportunity to identify the best scripts.
What does it feel like to be a producer of a feature film? Why does he feel it’s the right time to dip his feet into film production? Nitesh Pandey shares his exciting story as Jauthi Thile Be Tu Mora, the Odia film he produced, is all set to hit theatres this year.
1) How did you get your idea for this business?
Being an Actor for 23 years exposed me to the larger creative aspect of conceptualizing, writing, casting, direction, production, etc. Since last 5 years I have been desiring for a more wholesome satisfaction from my work. Opening your own production house incorporates all of the above.
2) Why is “now” a good time for this idea to exist?
I believe that whenever you are ready, it is a good time to start. Plus production in the entertainment business today is expanding with newer avenues, giving us the extra space to grow and succeed.
3) What was the reaction from your family when you first decided to become an entrepreneur?
The reaction was positive. Acting alone is a very insecure line so they are very encouraging that I am spreading my wings.
4) What was your biggest mistake in business and what did you learn from it?
Whenever one ventures into untrodden paths for the first time, one is bound to encounter problems and issues where you make mistakes, small and sometimes big.
This itself is the learning process and if one continuously does reality checks, one learns and hopes not to make them again. The biggest challenge is building relationships in work through trust and good will.
5) What is your biggest obstacle in the next 12 months and how will you overcome it?
The entertainment business is mighty complex and layered. Behind the glamour and flashlights there is mind boggling hard work. Every obstacle needs 100% attention and a will to work your way around it.
6) What habits contribute to your success?
Too early to answer but if you are passionate and focused enough towards your work and if you build the right team around you, nothing can stop you from succeeding.
7) If you had the opportunity to start this business again what would you do differently?
No, I wouldn’t anything in a different way as I am happy with every decision I made in my career. I think I have done everything in the right way at the right time.
8) What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“Hold on to gratitude my friend, you have everything to loose!”
9) Where do you find inspiration?
Answer: Everywhere! Everything around me gives me a dose of inspiration!
10) What is your favourite book?
I am not into reading books as such but early in life I was introduced to a very small booklet, a story by Richard Bach called Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Till date it remains my favourite along with Deewan – E – Ghalib by Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib.
11) What advice would you give to someone starting out?
No advice. Just do it!
It takes great courage to a launch a film production business as it involves a lot of risks. But the only thing that persuaded Nitesh to start his own production house was his passion for films. So always follow your passion, no matter what it costs.
Like Nitesh rightly pointed out , behind the glitz and glam of entertainment industry, there is relentless hard work of a team. Perfection is the key to success in every business. Make sure you deliver your best to get the desired result. Thank you, Nitesh for stopping by to share your great story!