Five young stars from the world of Indian cinema reveal their perspective on dealing with failures in their professionA successful career is not one without ‘failures’ but rather one in which the lessons from a setback are subsequently applied in the journey to eventually emerge as a winner. Having said that, it’s easier said than done to remain ‘objective’ to failure in an industry where you are as good as your last release, where the stakes are so high and in which the success ratio is in ‘single digits’. Five prominent and budding actors from the world of Indian cinema: Vicky Kaushal, Sesh Adivi, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rohit Saraf and Ishaan Khatter shared their perspective with a digital media house recently on how they handle adverse results in their career.Vicky KaushalMy life is my work and yet at the same time, my life is also my family and friends. I find my solace, my peace of mind with the latter and I am not dependent on my work for that. Of course, I do look for satisfaction in work but at the core of my inner well-being is my family, home and friends, that’s my ground-zero. As far as work goes, I’m very much attached to the process but detached to the result whether it’s a plus or a minus. Ideally, I would never want to be at the mercy of a result, it’s a dangerous rabbit hole. At the end of it all, I want a good night’s sleep and that comes from knowing your loved ones are safe and doing good. Adivi Sesh I cannot detach myself from the result, not at all. I mean it doesn’t drive my existence or anything but for me the idea that we make art and that it is being recognized in a positive manner means a lot to me. I don’t get depressed at an adverse result but I do a healthy post-mortem and try and learn from it. I’m very practical that way. Ishaan KhatterI definitely agree that family and your mental health is way more important than your career. As actors, we are like vessels, a medium to tell the story. If there’s something like a previous failure bothering you, the camera’s going to catch it, it catches everything. You can’t lie! It’s important to keep yourself in a healthy mental state and be neutral. My personality also grows from the work I do because it gives me so many different perspectives. I strongly believe that the ‘art’ aspect of show business can change you as a person because it gives you empathy, puts you in other people’s shoes. But yes, family is what gives you the impetus to take everything in your stride. Ayushmann Khurrana As an artist, you are in the business of selling emotions. At the same time, I’m not consumed by films. I feel the need to live life outside cinema because that fulfills me and also helps me become better at my work. I also think you evolve as a person. I mean, in my 20's I was all over the place whereas now, I’m more balanced in my response to success or failure. You become fearless only when you’ve had a lot of failures in life and I’ve had my fair share of failures. It gives you the courage to keep moving forward if taken in the right way. Rohit Saraf I am a mess! I don’t know how to respond because I’m totally affected when something I’ve been a part of isn’t received well for the simple reason that I don’t know how ‘not’ to think about it. For example, I recently did Vikram Vedha (Hindi version) and there was this one review which did not mention me at all. I thought, “Was I so bad in the film that I didn’t even merit a mention?” I did not agree with the reviewer and thought I was good at my work, so technically, the review shouldn’t have bothered me but it did. I’m at that stage in my life where you seek validation from ‘outside’ rather than from ‘within’. So, learning to detach myself from the result is a state of mind which for me right now is ‘aspirational’.