Shilpa Shukla talks about her career and B.A. Pass and the ups and downs she faced post the release of Chak De!
On B.A. Pass
I was not doing anything when B.A. Pass came along. I loved the story and it’s quite bold too. This film is a life-altering human drama and I am sure many women will relate to my character. I landed this venture after my professor Edwin Williams, who introduced me to acting, contacted me after a decade through Facebook and said Ajay Bahl was making his first feature film. After meeting Bahl, things started to fall in place.
On A Bold Role
For me, work is God, and the people around me understand this and give me the space I need. Sure, it’s difficult sometimes. When I started shooting, there were some awkward moments but once I got to know the people, things evened out. To get into the character of Sarika, I had to leave Shilpa behind. Also, the trust and confidence I had in Ajay, the director and producer of the film, helped a lot.
I have been getting many calls from friends and people from the industry, saying they loved the film. The audience too enjoyed it. For a film like B.A. Pass to cross Rs 4 crore is a very big achievement. I am happy Ajay’s hard work is paying off.
I don’t know whether B.A. Pass will be a turning point in my career. The industry noticed me in Chak De! India and I received many offers after that film. I need to wait a few months to see if things will change now.
There was a phase after Chak De! India, when I was getting films but unfortunately they were either being shelved or delayed. It was taking a toll on me. I had signed many projects but the recession after the 26/11 attacks tripped them up. At least, that’s what they say. At some point, sure, I was frustrated… devastated. But I still had hope. There are times when you feel lost and heartbroken. Then there’s a saturation point. But I decided not to give up. I kept saying to myself that this too shall pass. I think the industry should be a little more compassionate and giving. Since acting is my passion, I can never regret becoming an actress.
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