Neha Sharma had a promising start in Bollywood as she starred opposite Emraan Hashmi in the 2010 release, Crook. After that, she did films like Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, Youngistaan, Tum Bin II, Mubarakan and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. Some of them proved successful, while others didn’t work.
The actress’ journey has been full of ups and downs. Ask her about the challenges she faced in this journey, and she shares, “It’s not an easy ride. It’s all glamorous from the outside but it does take a toll. You believe in your talent and potential but for the world to see it, you need a bonafide big success at the box office and that’s when people take notice, especially when you are from the outside.”
Neha says that she realised early on that she has only two options. “For you to make it, you either need to be from the industry as networking is very important. I have realised over the years that if you don’t know people here, people won’t give you work just because you are talented. It just doesn’t work like that. Or the other option is to keep doing what you are doing and have faith in that. This was the scenario for me a couple of years back too, but with the advent of OTT, it’s not just about box-office success. It’s more about the content and I am glad to be a part of this new era where talent is being given its due finally. Talented actors are finally getting work as it’s not about who you know, how you know them or who’s your sugar daddy,” she insists.
Neha has seen a lot of failure in her journey too. So, did she ever feel like giving up and maybe doing something else? “When I began, of course it was really disheartening as a 20-year-old to go through failures. You are not taught as a child, at least I wasn’t, that it’s okay to fail. Most Indian parents want you to be successful and they don’t teach you much how to cope with failure. So, it’s definitely not easy. But I soon realised that every film that I do won’t be a blockbuster or lapped up by the critics. When you talk about creating a project, it’s a group endeavour, so it’s a combined effort and you can’t take the whole blame of a project not working on yourself. All you can do is give your 100 percent. So, I realised early on that making a project work wasn't in my hand, unless I am producing, directing, writing and acting in it,” she quips.
Speaking about her choice of work on the big screen, Neha justifies, “It was all I was offered and I chose the best out of them. Everybody’s journey can’t be the same and you can’t compare yourself to an industry kid who gets 20 offers for a film and they can pick the best out of them. For someone, who gets just five offers, out of which four are shit, the fifth one that you choose, you know won’t be a blockbuster. I just felt that I enjoyed cinema and that is something I am passionate about. I like doing it and I love being on a film set. It gives me a sense of joy, accomplishment and self-worth and I really enjoy that. So, I won’t stop doing that just because someone else has better roles and more work. I stopped loathing in that and started making the best out of what I had,” she concludes.
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