COSPLAYER INTERVIEW: Anushruti Saha
Why do you cosplay?
Well, for the same reason, the entire cosplay community does, for FUN. For me, cosplaying means bringing a character to life. It is always amusing to see people’s reaction to their favorite characters coming to life and talking to them, hugging them and even taking pictures with them. That feeling is always overwhelming. Plus, cosplay has taken me to a lot of places I never imagined I would go to. It’s basically a very big part of my life. that I can’t live without.
What was your latest Cosplay?
Well, my latest cosplay was Bandage girl from the game Super Meat Boy. It was a group cosplay with two of my best friends, Jeevan and Arvind. It’s kind of like a tradition for the three of us do to a group cosplay every year. I also cosplayed Merida from the Disney’s movie Brave, though a darker version of her.
How long did it take you to make this cosplay? Were there challenges in the design?
It took me about a week to make this cosplay. The toughest part of this cosplay would probably be the bow. It was made by bending a PVC pipe into the shape of a bow. Slowly heating it and bending it and holding it in place. In the end, all the hard – work paid off, because I ended up with a fully functional bow!
Your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?
My favorite cosplay, among all the cosplays I’ve done so far, would easily be Red, from the game Transistor. With some help from my friend, we managed to make transistor (the sword), exactly how it is in the game. Yes, I ended up with a Sword that lights up and speaks.
What’s your favorite convention?
How long have you been into cosplay?
Circa, 2013. I cosplayed in the 2nd Bangalore comic con, for the first time in my life. Been addicted since.
What was your first costume? Advice for anyone just starting out?
My first cosplay was Lucy Heartfilia from the anime Fairytail. Advice for anyone just starting out? Just have fun to your heart’s content. People will always judge and try to give their expert opinion, which might bring you down, but as long as you are happy with the look of your costume, just go for it! Start with the simpler things and then move on to the big ones. Grow your skill set by practicing, so you know you can handle any character.