Life of an actor:
I was this dark, tall & lanky child who had her life pretty much laid out for her. I did my graduation & started working with my dad even though in my heart I wanted to do something different, something bigger & better, I never felt like I could. But when I participated in a fashion show, just for fun, I met a photographer who wanted to click my photos. For me it was a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone. To my complete surprise, the photographs came out really well! That opened the doors of modelling for me. Soon, I got offered my first film. There was no looking back from there, I was all of 17 when I entered the industry, I hadn’t seen the world or even understood life with all the success came scrutiny. I wasn’t ready for it. I didn’t know how to speak Hindi. I shuddered at the thought of being in front of the camera. I reached a point after a few films my career hit a lull. I tried hard but always felt like I was lagging behind. It’s not easy to be celebrated one moment & ignored the next. I remember there were producers, who without any reason, threw me out of the films. The universe wasn’t in my favour, but I had to keep trying no matter what.
It was at that time that I decided to reinvent & started doing web series and advertisements as well. It was a chance to do something different. But for some reasons it ended up leaving a huge impact! I was publicly bullied & discriminated against just because of the country I belong to. It wasn’t easy. I was all by myself.
But I kept me going. I couldn’t give up, not after reaching this far. I won some awards as well that time people kept on saying “that we are proud of you”. For achieving something in life you really need to work hard. That’s when I knew that all of that struggle & persistence was worth it. I stood up not just for myself, but for all those who had faced racism. My life has been filled with ups and downs. I went from being the shy girl to someone who was front & centre the silver screen. I have enjoyed every minute of it. It made me who I am today a strong independent woman and a proud actor. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.