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Count each day as a learning experience

For actor Zarine Khan, passion for one’s goal is what matters most

education Updated: Aug 24, 2011 10:41 IST
Gauri Kohli

I was a brilliant student at school and aspired to be a doctor. I am a bookworm and spend a lot of time reading. I am also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. I was born and brought up in Mumbai. After I finished my studies I bagged a few modelling assignments that helped me stand on my own feet. Then Salman Khan spotted me and I auditioned for the lead role in Veer and got selected. That’s when I knew acting was my calling.

First success
The day I got my first salary from a modelling assignment. Though my debut film Veer was not a commercial success, it is very close to my heart. Another milestone in my career is the song Character Dheela Hai from the film Ready, opposite Salman Khan.

My idols
I look up to my mother. She’s my role model and I learn a lot from her. She has taught me to be tough and deal with varying situations with ease. On the professional front, I admire Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan. Katrina is an inspiration for many young people because she hails from another country and has still managed to make it big in India. Salman is a wonderful human being and is very down to earth, despite being a superstar. I learn many things from him as an actor.

Success is
…to love your goal and have the passion to achieve it. It’s important to dedicate time to your goal. Be aware of your potential and nurture it. As far as acting is concerned, I’ve learnt that it has to come from your heart. You have to be spontaneous and be able to connect with the audience and your character.

Failure is...
…part of life. It is a phase that comes in everyone’s life. I have also dealt with it after facing criticism for my first film ... but I didn’t let it affect me. I told myself to be strong and work harder .

Tips for budding actors
Life is full of surprises. Count each day as a learning experience.