What kind of reactions have you been fetching for your performance?
I was finally able to look at myself on screen; it’s been a dream for so long! It has been a happy experience, so the only feeling is that I am so happy. Even if someone has constructive criticism or feedback, I am just taking it all in. Although I am just 21 years old, it has been the best experience of my life.
How did you land ‘Suttabaazi’?
My director Kabeer Khurana and I were in the same school but we had never interacted back then. When we started following each other on Instagram, I saw he had started to direct movies and sent him a congratulatory message as I was really happy to see his work. We reconnected and then, quite randomly, he shared a script with me and I was blown away by the great story. He told me he wanted me to act in it and I was really overwhelmed because I had had no formal training in acting, and for a director, pitching the film to me was risky. But when I read the script, I felt I could pull it off because I could visualise it. Subconsciously, I feel a part of me was ready. I went for the audition and got selected. I did workshops with Pradeep Kothari sir and learned something very important: that you can’t be judging your character; you have to play it with all honesty. I was very excited but tried to be calm (laughs).
‘Suttabaazi’ was one amongst the array of films that the Bandra Film Festival showcased. How did it feel to be featured by the popular platform?
As an actor, in fact, as a team, it is absolutely humbling and such a great opportunity for us to be showcased at the Bandra Film Festival because art and movies need a good platform and the right amount of recognition. It can be really, really encouraging, so I’m just happy that our film is showcased at the Bandra film festival and it’s amazing to know that talent and hard work are being recognised.
Did you anticipate that your debut film will get acknowledged by people and platforms far and wide?
I did not anticipate any of this and it makes me so happy with the love that the film is getting. So, I’m just so grateful. Every day, I feel people are connecting with the story. That’s the most important thing; bringing a script to life is such a fulfilling experience. We’ve been getting a lot of good reactions; the audience is saying that they wished that the film was longer. It’s definitely reaching a wider audience now with it being showcased at the Bandra Film Festival. Even the constructive criticism has really helped me improve, and I’m keeping those things in mind when I perform next.
How much did you relate to your character Diya?
Diya is a phase we have all had in our life. So of course, I did relate to her a little. We have all gone through the phase of not wanting to listen to our parents, and being on the phone all the time. But playing this character has also taught me important lessons–don’t keep staring at your phone, there’s a life beyond that and that family is important. However, Diya was totally influenced by social media and in that way, I am the complete opposite. I am an actor now and social media and the followers on them are by-products of what I am doing. It is not the other way around. I am not into acting because I have a certain number of followers on social media. I love acting; I am really grateful to the people who love and support me.
How do you deal with negativity and trolls on social media?
People will always have things to say. I don’t read social media comments a lot, to be honest. I don’t want to get sidetracked. I am the happiest girl on the planet and that’s how I want to be. I try to see the good as much as I can. The rest of it doesn’t matter.
Now that you have had a taste of acting, would you like to pursue it on the big screen?
Of course, I would like to work more. But for that, I have to work on myself a lot. But yes, I would like to be an actor full-time.