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My mother was the force behind my acting career: Former Miss India Natasha Suri

Beauty queen Natasha Suri, now making her Bollywood debut, talks about how her late mother always wanted her to become an actor.

bollywood Updated: Feb 24, 2017 19:58 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Model-turned-actor Natasha Suri will soon be seen in two web series, Losing My Virginity and other Dumb Ideas and Power Play.
Model-turned-actor Natasha Suri will soon be seen in two web series, Losing My Virginity and other Dumb Ideas and Power Play.

Former Miss India (World) Natasha Suri is the latest on the list of model-turned-actors to join the likes of Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. These former beauty queens have all made it big in Bollywood, which augurs well for Natasha.

She will soon make her debut in a Hindi film, and will be seen in a web series as well. Earlier, Natasha had worked in a regional film, King Liar, co-starring Malayalam star Dileep.

Talking about cinema, Natasha reveals that it was her late mother, Radha Suri, who was the force behind her acting career. “I am a mama’s girl. Throughout my life, I’ve always listened to her. She wanted me to participate in beauty pageants, so I did that. And she was happy with whatever little I’ve achieved,” says Natasha. “She was also keen on me getting into acting, and pushed me really hard to give it a serious thought. And I could never say no to her. Though she isn’t there with me anymore, her blessings are always there, and I’m sure she’s happy with the way I am scripting my journey as an actor.”

However, the path to a showbiz career wasn’t smooth. Initially, says Natasha, the offers that came her way weren’t good enough. The films that she agreed to do, got shelved. “Things were not falling in place. And then I decided to take it slowly. So, when last year, I got the offers for both the web series and a Hindi film, I decided to take them up — the content was quite interesting. Around the same time, King Liar also happened, and by God’s grace, it did well down south,” she says.

As an actor, Natasha aspires to play a variety of roles. “For me, the character I’m playing is more important than the length of the role,” she says. “I want to do roles that would showcase my talent and also touch the audience. I want to explore different characters.”

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