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Actor Naveen Kasturia is basking in the success of TVF Pitchers. Catch him live on Sunday.

If the film Sulemani Keeda was the high point of actor Naveen Kasturiaa��s career in 2014, web series Pitchers put him into spotlight this year. The five-episode production, by the online entertainment network The Viral Fever (TVF), told the story of four start-up aspirants.
Kasturia will be in the city on Sunday for an entertaining act, TVF Pitchers Night, at Nityaksh IV (annual fest of NMIMS). Hea��ll be accompanied by TVF regulars A�a�� Jitendra Kumar, Deepak Mishra, Vipul Goyal and Nidhi Bisht.

The engineer-turned-banking consultant-turned-AD-turned-actor tells us about life post-Pitchers. a�?Suddenly from doing blink-and-miss roles, I recently got to do a cameo in a Yash Raj production, Mana��s World,a�? he begins.
His character Naveena��s inspirational speech in Pitchers has also put him in a tight spot of sorts. He says, a�?I have been invited by a college for a TED talk on October 28. See, on the show, my speech was written by Biswapati Sarkar, it had a background score, thata��s why it created an impact. At the TED, I need to talk intelligent stuff for 20 minutes. My truth will come out (laughs). May be I should go back to Biswapati again for my speech.a�?

Yes, the 31-year-old from Delhi has made good friends with the TVF bunch. Sarkar was his roomie in Mumbai and thata��s when he learnt that Pitchers was in the pipeline. Then therea��s Arunabh Kumar (the TVF founder), who gave Kasturia his a�?acting breaka�? with a spoof on MTV Roadies. But Jitendra Kumar happens to be his best buddy.

And, if he manages to use his free time well now, his TVF association can take a new turn. a�?I am trying to rework a script that I wrote five years ago. Arunabh suggested why not turn this into a web series,a�? says Kasturia, who eventually wants to make films.
Meanwhile, he is being careful about the acting offers. Thanks to a female fan, who pointed out hea��s never found love in any of his films. a�?Now, Ia��ll only sign a film where I get the girl,a�? chuckles Kasturia.
At Sathya Sai Samskruta Sadanam. Tickets (`550) on bookmyshow.com

a�� Barkha Kumari


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