1. What is your name and age?
My name is Sunil Choppala, I’m 27 years old.
2. Stage name if any?
I’m mostly known as Sun2. ( Story behind it: Once I kept my name in facebook as “sun Il( capital letter “I” and small letter “L”, so people thought it was sun and roman number 2 and started calling me sun2 and it became my real name lol). And also I’m often referred as Chappie and T-Rex by other city cosplay friends.
3. Are you professionally a cosplayer? If not, what you do?
Nope, I’m not a professional cosplayer. It’s my hobby and passion to cosplay and will continue to do it.
I work at Dell as a Quality Analyst. And also I do freelance photography and also I do small prank videos with T-Rex Costume.
4. How long have you been cosplaying?
I have been cosplaying since 5 years. Started from Hyderabad Comic Con to cosplaying at other city comic cons too.
5. What was your inspiration for cosplay?
Everyone’s story starts from their childhood. Mine, started when I saw Robocop movie when I was a kid. I started building something at the back of my house with a cardboard and I remember it clearly coz I went so far to get those cardboards. I was a nob and still i’m of course 😛 coz I didn’t know how to create one. And then Internet came.
When I first went to hyderabad comic con in 2013, dressed as Jason from Friday the 13th, I was like “Man! This is where I belong! So many crazy people like me!” And then itself I decided what to cosplay for next year.
And then I met Hyderabadi Cosplayers in 2014 when I cosplayed as War Machine from Iron Man. I don’t remember how many people I met but I remember meeting Anantha, Hari, Sai Prakash, Ronit Roy, Sreeman, Rafi, Harshit Madan and Mahima. I met Vijay Sinha, Tanya, Surya, Rohan Jain at other city cons. I get so inspired by these guys, the way they cosplay and the time they spend on their costumes. It was more than what I could have asked for. This is when friends became family.
6. How do you think the cosplay scene in India has changed over the years?
Awe-inspiring. It’s awesome and inspiring at the same time man. The cosplay scene is growing pretty neat in India, People are actually earning few bucks by doing what they are into. There are pretty awesome cosplay scenes which are happening around the cities. The convention halls for comic cons are growing bigger and bigger day by day and also the number of cosplayers are rapidly increasing which is an awesome change. As a cosplayer I/we always wanted to bring awareness of the cosplay culture in Hyderabad and I/we think I/we are doing an awesome job.
Hoping for more.
7. How different are Indian Cosplayers from Foreign Cosplayers? Are they given the same amount of respect?
Personally, I don’t think we can compare our cosplay scene with foreign country scenes. Because in foreign countries most of the companies earn monies through pop culture, whereas in India it isn’t like that. But as far as I know there are pretty good cosplayers around the city and they have been living their lives as professional cosplayers. They have been hiring from gaming companies and also with other event organizers whenever there are events.
And about respect of course man, the amount of respect these cosplayers get from other individuals is just perfect. We nobs always wants to become better and better when compared these professional cosplayers. We get inspired by them and wish to cosplay like them someday. In cosplay community they treat with respect no matter what happens and everyone helps each other if anyone wants a suggestion on how to build a costume. It’s a pretty amazing scene in India.
8. What are the difficulties and challenges you face as a cosplayer?
Finding proper props, proper material for making a costume. For example if I need to buy Eva Foam for building a costume I have to go to like other galaxy to get it, the place where they sell it, is in other part of the city. And ya travelling to other cons with the heavy costumes. You definitely need to relay on your friends to carry half of your costume with them. I have seen people who leaves their entire costume to other cosplayers to carry. In Comic Cons the cosplayers don’t have a specific room or booth to change their costumes, I have seen many people do their makeup and change their costumes in washrooms, which is kinda difficult to do it for few cosplayers.The convention halls are good but sometimes it gets too crowded and it’s so difficult for the cosplayers to go around in their costumes coz there will be breathing problems in the costume coz of too much of crowd and loads of sweat and also have to make sure that no one is breaking their costumes.
The biggest challenge is with the non-cosplayers who just show up and take the props without even asking and placing hands on the cosplayers not noticing that the costume is delicate and it may break. As a cosplayer we will be delighted to get clicked by them coz at the end of the day all we need is that little appreciation from the audience. People who are taking pictures, holding probs or placing hands on the cosplayers, they need to ask permission first.
9. Being a man have you ever been discouraged from cosplaying by family or friends?
I don’t think gender has anything to do this in here. Trust me, we men get a lot of discouraging when compared to women. We live in democratic country man, no matter what you do people will judge you. My family supports me in and out. My dad sometimes helps in painting the costume if i’m on deadline. Mom’s are angels anyways. Friends! Grrr! I would say non-cosplay friends! Few of them are like this : I mean when I meet an old friend who doesn’t know about this but he saw me doing this in social networking site and he will be like “dude! You still doing that costume thing! blah blah!” I mean we got used to it but it’s kinda annoying coz he/she got a nice job, got married and doing nothing at the age of his/her 20’s.Other people are like “dude! I’m so happy you are doing something, I’m so proud of you and I wish I could do that too!”These people are so sweet and encouraging and they can’t cosplay coz of their personal issues and we can understand too.We face many challenges at home, work and in this society too. We just need to ignore and pass on.
10. What are the suggestions for budding cosplayers in India? Can cosplaying be taken as serious career choice?
No matter what don’t and ever get discouraged for whatever people say. We may think that we can’t find proper materials or props for making a costume, all we have to do is research and ask around the cosplay clubs which we have like Hyderabad Cosplayers Club and Indian Cosplay Community. Cosplayers are nice you know they will help us. If you are building a costume make sure that it’s not uncomfortable and if it is properly attached part by part and also may be kinda water resistant. Always ask or search for tips coz it might help you finishing to costume in time and also it will be kinda easy making too, you never know! If you are unable to make the costume there are many people who will take up for commissions and build costumes for us. And if you are going for the convention with your cosplay always carry a cosbuddy who will help you in wearing or removing the costume and also will make sure that no one breaks our costumes. Cosbuddies are god given happy people I say hehe. And yes! We can choose cosplaying as a carrier choice. Few of my friends are earning some decent amount of bucks by cosplaying and also by making probs. We need to really work hard for this so that we won’t stay in dim light. And also there is an old saying “Where there is a Will, there is a way!”
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