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Monday Motivation | Alencier Ley Lopez on doing what your heart desires

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“Till my death, I would like to continue acting... That's the only thing I can do. Never expect me to get the fame and fortune what other celebrities have.. If you are fine with all this, then we can get married,” this is what actor Alencier Ley Lopez told his wife Susheela George when they started pondering over a life together.

And before Alencier could finish his dialogue, Susheela agreed to be by his side. And till this point in time, through all thick and thin, she stood by him supporting all his decisions.

The actor who got his due break in Njan Steave Lopez and Maheshinte Prathikaaram, talked about how he had fixed goals in life and how he faced all the hurdles in life with a positive mind set.

Love for theatre

“I was born in Puthenthope, a coastal village in Thiruvananthapuram, where football and theater were considered more than passion.”

When other places celebrated church and temple festivals, this small village conducted a theater festival ‘Leyon Lopez Nadakaolsavam’ organized by Jai Hind Granthashala, a local library. “Thus I developed a love for theater from an early age.”

“I made my debut in theater at the age of five. By the time I was in class eight, we had formed a theater troupe of our own, Netaji Theater, and had started directing and acting our own plays. When I reached college, I wanted to learn more about theater, but my father was not at all happy with this. Even though he disapproved, I wanted to prove myself and decided to go ahead no matter what happened. Before joining college, I had made up my mind - I would either be an actor or a priest.”

Association with legends

In University College, I met actor Narendra Prasad and poet Vinayachandran. I was also deeply involved in CP Krishnakumar’s troupe, Kavalam Narayana Panicker’s Sopanam theater and Raghu’s Natakayogam, a kind of street theater that was active in the city.

His life was revolving around theater, but unfortunately, the impact of television toppled everything. It affected the theaters and the scenario was changing.

Entry to Mollywood

“It was through my friends I came to movies. Cinematographer Venu was the first to cast me in his movie, Daya. My association with Rajeev Ravi took me from Annayum Rasoolum to Kammatipaadam. For Maheshinte Prathikaaram, it was Fahadh who recommended me for the role. And now, this month three of my films are getting released. The journey had not been easy but sticking on to your decision and working for it is what we can do.”

Materializing the dreams

“I am 51 now, and it is at this age that I am getting some recognition. I know many who have given up on their dreams after couple of set backs. One has to stay steadfast to his dreams even while facing the worst situations.”

“I still follow what my teacher once told me, never go behind money and fame. Dream high and do your duty and the rest will follow,” said Alencier.

I am 51 years old, and its now at this age that I am getting recognized. I know many who give up their dreams at a young age. One needs to work on whatever he wish no matter whatever troubles you got to face.

I still follow what my teacher once told me, never go behind money and fame. Dream high and do your duty and the rest will follow.”

(Monday Motivation is a weekly column from celebs, where they share experiences from life, which help you to brush away Monday-morning blues and start the week with a bang, full of hope and energy.)

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