North Eastern lad breaks barriers to reach Bollywood in URI. After the talented Devraj Ghosh of the blockbuster URI – The Surgical Strike that our team interviewed a few days back, we extended communications to explore the lone NE youth who had keen presence and also debuted in Bollywood through URI.
Born in Imphal, Manipur, James WC Meetei (named as Robin Ngangrum in URI) was among those few para commandos in the movie who were seen to land from helicopters to conduct the surgical strike after the terrorist attack on URI base, J&K.
The Manipuri of Tripura, James belongs to an army family who resided in Imphal, Manipur in his early childhood due to his father’s posting and has always been keen on athletics, sports and music and was then raised in Tripura. His alma mater has been from different places viz. KV Lamphel, Imphal, Manipur, KV Kumbhirgram, Silchar, Assam and KV Panisagar, Tripura.
Talking to the team Tezpur Buzz, Mr. James said that he had also worked as a ‘Merchant Navy’ in Malaysia but has returned back to his motherland prioritizing his aims and dreams to be an actor. He was against a daily 9 to 5 scheduled job and thus left his Malaysian abode to follow his dreams. One of his childhood friends Mr. Neeraj Godiyal arranged his stay in Mumbai which happens to be a dreamland for all aspiring actors.
He also directed and acted several music videos in his local languages, worked in actions on various Bengali, Marathi and Bhojpuri movies and also laid hands in popular Bollywood movies like ‘Brahmastra’ and ‘Happy Bhaag Jayegi Returns’.
He is currently working as an action trainer and stunt artist in Ajay Devgan’s and Saif Ali’s movie ‘Taanaji’ for which he deeply thanked his schools and teachers for helping him to gain more interests on music, sports, NCC and other Co-curricular activities since the first standard. He is also very thankful to a club named ‘Zango Boyz Org.’ where he initially started dancing, martial arts and other co-curricular activities and also some senior artists, directors and producers hailing in Tripura who brought him to the cinematic world from his dance and sports section.
In the movie, he was seen to drop from helicopters, climb ladder to terrace, blasting walls etc. and was always in a sequence of 2nd or 3rd position to the veteran actor Mr.Vicky Kaushal.
When asked to deliver a message for the budding actors, he replied that the key to success in this field is to ‘Think Big’. Genuinely follow your dreams and then nothing is impossible. The nation appreciates your success even though they neglected your struggles.
“URI has made my dream come true of becoming an Indian Para Commando” says James
Tezpur buzz was pleased to have a conversation with Mr. James and also prays for his vivid success in his chosen career.