Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
Deepak Baldev Thakur: I wanted to become an actor and I have done my diploma in acting from Asha K Chandra Institute, Mumbai. But when I came back to Hyderabad, I was struggling to find work or contacts. One day, there was a casting requirement at Director A Kodanda Rami Reddy's office, and I decided to give it a shot. I went and met the director and gave my audition. He was so impressed with my performance that he offered me a chance to train his son, Vaibhav Reddy. I took it as an opportunity and accepted the offer.
Within a few sessions, I understood that I could teach my craft to others.
However, after I finished training the director's son, I was back to square one. There was pressure from my dad to join his business, but I was so afraid that I didn't want to be in any other profession except the film industry. Suddenly, I got an idea. Why not open a film institute in Hyderabad? With that, my parents also wouldn't force me to join their business.
So, in 2001, at the age of around 18 years, I started my academy with a small classroom area. With time, the universe has blessed me with a lot of success and wide industry contacts.
Great Companies: What are the various services provided by Glitters Film academy?
Deepak Baldev Thakur: Alongside training new talent in various film courses like acting and direction, we are also into casting, celebrity management, and film production.
Great Companies: What makes Glitters Film academy different from hundreds of other similar service providers?
Deepak Baldev Thakur: Here at GFA, I focus more on discipline and talent, and I personally support students who prove their talent.
Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
Deepak Baldev Thakur: Well, struggles and challenges are a part of every profession. As the universe always blessed me, and I have a few close friends who taught me great things about life. At the early stage of my career, I had a friend, Mr. Naveen Agarwal and Sunil, who supported me to their best.
Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line look like for Glitters Film academy?
Deepak Baldev Thakur: Five years from now, we will expand our Glitters Film Academy in a franchise model across India and globally. I myself have plans to make Bollywood films.
Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Deepak Baldev Thakur: If you believe in yourself, just do it. No one understands you better than yourself. Today's young India has better options for startups...