Soundarya Sharma’s Bollywood debut, Ranchi Diaries, produced by Anupam Kher impressed all people particularly the best way she portrayed her character. After that, she acted in Raktanchal and can quickly be seen in season 2 of it. Soundarya, who hails from Delhi and has a bachelor’s diploma in dental research, got here to Mumbai with huge desires and is at the moment on the trail to fulfil them. In an interview with the Cinema Journal, Soundarya talks about her journey and extra. Excerpts:
What motivated you to be an actor?
I at all times wished to be an actress. I used to be born and raised in a strict Brahmin household the place extra significance given to research — and I used to be good at it. I ended up ending my bachelor’s in dental surgical procedure however since singing and dancing has been an integral a part of all of us, there was this endeavour of doing it on display screen. I at all times liked Hollywood movies and it attracted me to be an actor. I really feel sure issues have come to me from my final life in a wierd manner. As a baby, I’d dance when my mom performed some songs and I used to be like, ‘I wish to be an actor.’ That’s my earliest impressions of eager to develop into an actor.
Your debut movie was Ranchi diaries. How was your expertise of working with Anupam Kher?
I’m so blessed to work with him. I got here to Mumbai for an audition, however I ended up being finalised for Ranchi Diaries. Working with Anupam sir has been actually wonderful as a result of he is among the greatest actors within the nation. He has mentored us throughout the shoot. Being launched by his manufacturing home itself reassured me of my desires and expertise, and that I’m doing one thing proper. You study lots from Anupam sir’s presence. He’s an ocean of information. Folks go to totally different areas and do totally different movies after which debut in Bollywood, however I acquired to do it in a different way.
Inform us about your function in Raktanchal?
Raktanchal season one was simply my introduction. I play Roli. No person has ever seen me on this de-glam avatar. From a quite simple woman who does issues for the household, the story veers on how she enters the political sphere. The best way she turns into part of this murky gangster and political saga and the way she protects her household. It is primarily based on true occasions so we will not play with the details. In season two, I take the lead and take issues ahead—similar goes for season 3. The collection has lots proficient actors like Ashish Vidyarthi ji, Mahie Gill, Karan Patel, Nikitin Dheer, and lots of extra.
What was it like capturing throughout the pandemic?
Taking pictures within the pandemic has been difficult. We by no means imagined that we might be caught on this state of affairs. I really feel blessed that I’m working. It has been powerful although. I miss my residence. It is taken a toll on me. For the complete 12 months, I used to be in Los Angeles. I had gone to Lee Strasberg and New York Movie Academy for my appearing research after which I used to be caught there for the longest time. I ended up residing within the States for a 12 months and acquired to satisfy my household this new 12 months. I missed my household and associates. On the set we’re taking all security precautions. My spot boy has been taking good care of me like a brother.
What challenges did you face as an outsider?
I had no data of the business. I had no godfather. I solely had my household, who was towards it. I needed to persuade them since there may be a lot mentioned in regards to the business. The problem right here is to get a platform. Except you’ve gotten that you would be able to’t present your expertise. However I’m grateful to the OTT house and the makers who’re coming ahead and giving possibilities to newcomers. I used to be continuously advised that you’re not courting an actor, producer, or a star child, then what makes you suppose that you simply being fairly and proficient will make you a star? However I consider one would not develop into a star in a single day. I’ve nothing towards star children, however a good probability ought to be given to all. If you’re actually passionate and strong-headed, you may make your manner.
Has Bollywood been ready to have a look at ladies past their appears to be like?
The instances are altering now however earlier, no. It is a bitter tablet however that is the reality. Girls had been objectified immensely, particularly earlier than OTT got here within the image. However, instances are altering. Actors are taking a stand. Kangana Ranaut and Deepika Padukone do this superbly. We ladies can do it collectively. We are able to collectively mould and alter perceptions.
Any tasks you’re at the moment engaged on?
I’m engaged on 4 different tasks: Three on the OTT and one film. It is dependent upon the pandemic how they form up. It has been powerful. I pray for everybody’s security first. It is a unhealthy time for all of us. As soon as all the pieces settles, we will undoubtedly discuss different issues. Nothing is above our well-being. Taking pictures ought to resume as soon as all the pieces is okay.