With six films already in her kitty, actor Sayani Gupta feels blessed to have already shared screen space with commercially big names such as actors Shah Rukh Khan in Fan (2016), Akshay Kumar in Jolly LLB (2017) and Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif in Baar Baar Dekho (2016). Gupta says that working with such successful names help new actors in expanding their reach as they already come with a strong fan following.
“If you don’t have an audience base then how will your work be seen? I believe everyone does well, if the film does well. Your work only gets appreciated if a film gets noticed and makes its impact. It’s important to be part of films in which you believe in. Actors like Shah Rukh and Akshay reach out to all their fans. You can’t be an actor and say that you don’t want people to know you. Nobody wants to know what my next film is, they only want to know what is my next film if I am going to come with these people,” says Gupta.
The actor, who made her acting debut with Margarita with a Straw (2014) never expected to become an overnight sensation and get noticed by people. “Not everyone would know me from Margarita, but with Fan and Jolly LLB, the fan base definitely expanded,” she says. “If I was constantly doing smaller films, you wouldn’t want to know me. So, it wasn’t a conscious decision to choose different scripts. It just so happened that I got a chance to play these roles and these parts,” adds Gupta, who will feature in filmmaker Imtiaz Ali’s next.
“I only believe in good cinema — whether it is commercial or mainstream or parallel cinema. I want to be a part of every good project that is made and also play every good role that is written. I am a very greedy actor and I haven’t ever consciously thought that I will only do a particular kind of film. I am true to my art form and want to explore every new thing,” she adds.
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