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Accidental Actor

Yashaswini Dayama: I owe my career to serendipity

Background

I had never dreamt I would take up acting one day. I was at home, doing nothing as I wanted to pursue music but my mother wanted me to study more so I opted for a Master’s degree in Political Science. Although my father and brother are both actors, I wanted to pursue music.

Acting happened by chance

I had accompanied my brother for an audition as he wanted me to carry his costume. The casting director was a friend of my brother and he asked me if I could act. I said I couldn’t but he sai I should give it a go. I did and that’s how I ended up doing an ad for a telecom company.

No looking back

A week after the ad released, I was called for two auditions – one was for Phobia and the other for Dear Zindagi. After a few auditions, I bagged a role in Phobia, which was a totally different experience for me.

On Phobia

I don’t have an acting background, I had just had done one ad. So I was a little nervous on the sets. My first shot in Phobia was getting out of the lift and opening the door. I was very nervous and mumbled my lines but my director Pawan Kriplani used that in the scene. It was a wonderful experience and thankfully I also received some good reviews for
that film.

On Dear Zindagi

I had given three auditions for Dear Zindagi and finally Gauri Ma’am (Shinde) approved. I had done the drunken scene in the car for my audition. She is one of the most chilled out directors I have worked with. Initially, she was wondering whether or not to cast me as she was not sure whether I would look shorter than Alia but it looked perfect on camera.

For my character, she asked me to be the friend who is very chilled out and always there for her friends. So I tried to be myself. Before we went on the floors, we did a two-day workshop with everyone, where we rehearsed our lines. But what was amazing about working in Dear Zindagi was that we all clicked the day we met.

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