How did you get such a big break in Salman Khan’s film?
I was auditioning for a couple of films, there was a contest on ‘Being in Touch’ app that I applied for and after almost a month I got a call from Mukesh Chhabra. When I received the script, there were no details about the production house or the hero, which usually are mentioned, I thought it will be a huge film or nothing. Then I met Ayush Sharma and the director Abhiraj Minawal.
How was your first meeting with Salman Khan? Were you nervous?
When everything finalized with Ayush and Abiraj then they said its time to meet a Big Boss. They just said that you have to come to Bandra at 6pm, I was my own way to Bandra then I got a call that the meeting has postponed. This meeting happened at 9pm. I was roaming in Bandra for 3 hours and finally at 9pm we all gathered at his place Galaxy. When I met Salman I was blank. Then Ayush was confused weather you know who Salman is or not because I didn’t react. But I am that kind of person. I am very shy and I was actually blanked out ki what I am doing. He said I saw your audition and I just smiled. Sonakshi Sinha was there with Salman. She was very warm, she gave me the signing amount. So it was very special.
How was it working with Aayush Sharma?
It took time to mix up with Aayush. We did workshop and Hindi diction together for two months. We learnt Graba. We used to talk about the movie and our role. So all that really helped us open up, since this is our first movie so we both were excited and confused. But at the end of the movie I would say mujhe ek bahut achchha dost mil gaya hai.
What do you love about Salman Khan?
Salman sir is very honest wo sach ka saath dete hain. I love his honesty. He is very kind hearted. Dil ke bahut achche hain.
Were you nervous while facing the camera?
I wasn’t nervous. But yes I remember when I shot for my portfolio I was shivering. So its been 6 years into facing camera. I had modelling experience in Delhi and then Mumbai. so I was not that afraid of being in front of the camera.
How has been your experience in Mumbai?
As I said, I started with the saree catalogue. Usually, you’re paid 2000 rupees per day. But that day I did some 60-70 changes. By the end of the shoot they paid me 30000 rupees. It was like heaven for me. But there were difficult days in Mumbai too.
Around 2015, my mother shifted to Chicago, US. I felt alone in Mumbai. It’s difficult for a single girl to get accommodation. Everyone has an eye on you. I was in an uncertain profession. I’d worry about the rent. But shooting for catalogues saved my life. It gave me my bed and butter.
What life has taught you?
Well I have seen hardcore life, ups and downs. So, life taught me that never give up. Being a girl go after your dreams. I can say I am self-made and I am proud of myself and proud of my journey. So stay strong believe in yourself.
What inspired you to become an actress?
I’m inspired by Madhuri Dixit ma’m, Rekha ma’m and the late Srideviji. I love Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s films. I was also inspired by the adventure novel Count of Monte Cristo (by Alexandre Dumas).