Her filmography is a mix of content-driven and potboiler flicks, which puts Shefali Shah in the category of actors who have managed to balance projects in mass and niche cinema. And despite being part of the industry known for anxiety-inducing hectic schedules, Shefali has remained unaffected.
“I don’t think I was ever in the rat race, and now, I think it is kind of late to worry about that. My films are my choices and I am extremely proud to be associated with my projects. I have never really thought of ‘being on the top of my game’,” says Shah, who has been part of films such as Satya (1998), Monsoon Wedding(2001), The Last Lear (2007), and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015).
However, this does not mean that the 43-year-old actor takes her work lightly. “Certain things are very important for me while saying ‘yes’ to a script. One is obviously the role and its importance to the film. When I say this, I don’t mean the length. And last but not the least -- the director,” she says.
Besides acting, Shah is also known in the art world for her paintings, which are very close to her heart. Recently, her series of paintings called Perspective were on display in the capital. Talking about her love for art, Shah says, “I started painting incidentally, but it is just another form of expression. No one can stop me from what I do. When you are acting, you are given instructions by directors. This is completely my expression and my identity. No one can tamper with it.”
Does her love for cinema and art ever cross paths? “Luckily, I have been able to separate both the things. A role is a role where I play someone else, but when it comes to paintings, it is me. It is unadulterated Shefali and there is no control and I can let go. I am unabashedly unapologetic about it. That is what is interesting about my paintings,” she says.
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