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“The challenge is to be someone you’re not”

Shreeswara, who won over critics and the audience with her debut in D-Day, speaks to Box Office India about her career


I hail from Lucknow, and, at the risk of sounding clichéd, I always wanted to become an actor. I always dreamt of coming to Mumbai, despite the odds.

First Break

I shifted to Mumbai in 2009. I had no filmy background and knew nothing of the industry. I started auditioning for ads and that’s how I got into the acting business. In my initial days, I played a negative character of a 50-year-old and I took it up as a challenge. For me, it was a role and I had to do it!

Not An Easy Start

I believe hard times make you stronger. Initially, when I shot some ad films, they did not either release or were cancelled. It is very disheartening when you come to Mumbai to make a career and things don’t go the way you want them to. But slowly and steadily, the ad industry noticed me and I started doing more ad films.

On D-Day

I landed this project purely on the basis of the auditions. I got a call from Nikhil Advani’s office saying that auditions for the film were taking place and I was selected after the very first round. Sharing the screen with Irrfan in my very first film is huge.

On Getting Into The character

My character didn’t need intense training like Irrfan, Arjun (Rampal) or Huma’s (Qureshi) characters. But my character needed a lot of body of work and accent training as I played a Pakistani housewife. During the workshops, Nikhil helped me grow as an actress. I find acting very challenging because you have to be someone you’re not.

Industry Acknowledging

After D-Day, I received many calls from actors, producers and directors but I haven’t signed anything yet.

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