As a child, I loved puzzles. For me they stood for challenges and mystery — the greater the number of pieces, the more it would egg me on to complete it. I was out to prove to everyone, including myself, that I had what it takes to piece things together. Then came football that made me believe in being a team player that again is based on the premise of being part of the glue that binds the team together and is responsible for the final success.
I believe that I can still do so, not just with puzzles and football but also with life. However, with the tide of life, the dynamics of my puzzles and games often change. Every time a few pieces would remain for me to complete my jigsaw puzzle, strong currents seem to sway them in various directions. I am often so close to completing it but am forced to start it all over again. So I say to myself — OK, here goes... I’ll try again. Slowly and steadily I work towards
piecing the various facets of my life together, but this time with different glue — one that sticks to everything I
stand for, believe and hope to achieve. The glue is a mixture of my beliefs and conviction — to be honest in my efforts, self confidence and the faith that someone up there is watching out for me.
When I went to audition for
Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na
, I was among hundreds of girls who thought they fit the role of Aditi probably as much as I did. All I knew then was that I will give this my best shot and leave the rest to God. After 12 months when I got a call back from Aamir Khan Productions confirming my role, it made me feel that the team saw not just my fit with the character but also my self belief and conviction that stood out to help me piece such a fantastic episode of my life together. Even for Jaane Tu, I had to leave or rather slow down my career in the South as an established actress to be Aditi as almost a newcomer in Bollywood, which was the point where I had to start all over again.
So now while I sit on my film set getting ready for my shot, I often recall the scene from
where Abhishek stands tall amidst the hustle-bustle that surrounds him with his courage of conviction and belief in himself. It reiterates one basic premise — it is indeed our stengths and confidence that help put together the pieces of our life’s puzzle. What do you think?