Tell us about your new song…
It is a Marathi rap song, sung by Vaibhav Londhe; it’s a very glamorous dance song.
You look amazing in the poster. What went into creating the look?
The credit for that goes to my stylist Rashmi, who is the one who decided on this look. She wanted the look to be glamorous with peppy colours for my eye shadow. Makeup artist Meena also enhanced it further.
That was an amazing experience for me. I lived the moments which I had dreamt of since childhood–shooting under a big banner with big stars on grand sets. I got to learn a few things, and the whole team was very supportive.
How would you describe your Bollywood journey so far?
The journey was not easy as I had no one to guide me. I came from a completely different profession–dentistry, and my parents are doctors too. I came to Mumbai in December 2015. Everything was new for me back then but slowly, over the course of five years, I got the experience from each and every shoot and modelling assignment that came my way. I feel that it was very important for me to grow into a more confident and stronger person. I worked on myself in terms of acting, dance, screen presence, communication, and fitness. I am still learning and working hard to achieve my goals.
You have been roped in for the Hindi film ‘Love You Shankar’ with Shreyas Talpade in lead. Are the makers aiming for an OTT release?
I am very excited about that movie. The story is related to rebirth and Lord Shiva and I play the role of a mother to a 9-year-old boy. We shot the film in Varanasi near the Ganga ghat and I had a wonderful experience since I also believe in Lord Shiva. The makers are aiming for a theatrical release; hope everything gets back to normal soon and theatres reopen.
You are all set to debut in the Marathi film industry. How is Bollywood different?
Yes, I have completed the shooting of a Marathi suspense film ‘Bhram’, directed by Vaibhav Londhe. There is no difference as such; both Marathi and Bollywood makers put in the same efforts. I liked the story of this Marathi film. I come from Vidarbha and the team was Maharashtrian. So, I experienced the comfort of interacting with them and realised that this comfort added ease to my performance. I was able to experiment with my character.
You started your career with modelling…
I started doing ramp shows in 2015. I did low-budget shoots and sometimes even shot for free for designers in order to build up my profile and earn sufficient money to pay my rent and food bills. At the same time, I had to prove to my family that I had made the right decision by following my dreams and not practicing dentistry. I had to focus totally on modelling and stay in Mumbai full time. I enjoyed that phase as I got to learn many things.
Did ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ opened doors for you?
Yes, it definitely did.
I believe the pay is according to the scale in terms of performance, experience, seniority, acting ability. The pay scale is totally based on the actor’s experience; this is similar in any other profession.
How do you deal with toxic social media comments?
I follow spirituality and have control over my mind. So, I ignore bad vibes and accept only good vibes.
You are fond of dancing. Is it a part of your fitness routine?
Yes, it is. I am not a perfect dancer but I enjoy it. I always try to learn the steps of different Bollywood songs. At the same time, I feel that if I get an opportunity for a dance number with a big production house, I should be ready for the same. So, I practice.