Sanjeeda Shaikh recently finished shooting for her web series Gehraiyaan, and is now busy with her upcoming TV show Love Ka Hai Intezar. The actor is on cloud nine about getting diverse roles from “thriller and horror to romance”. The actor talks about competition in the industry, and shooting for a horror show.
Your last TV show was Ishq Ka Rang Safed. You will soon be seen on the tube after an eight month hiatus. Do you like taking long breaks between projects?
I did the show for four months. Workwise, I am in a relaxed frame of mind. I like coming back to TV with a bang. So, instead of doing a wrong project, I would rather take a long break and wait for the right one. I don’t believe in saying, ‘I am reading scripts but nothing good is coming my way’, because that is a fake line many (actors) use. The reality is, even if you try for the best projects sometimes you don’t get a call. There are many newcomers entering the industry today and the audience wants to see new faces. There is room for every kind of actor. But when a producer needs a performer of a certain calibre, they think of established names.
After a thriller TV show, Ek Hasina Thi, and a horror web-series Gehraiyaan, now you are working on a romantic drama on TV. What do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy working on everything, as I feel I am growing as an actor. Each day I learn something from my mistakes and my performances. This helps me as I am competing with myself. People loved me in Ek Hasina Thi, but I feel, had I done the show today, I would have performed better. There is always room for improvement as an actor. I am thoroughly enjoying the various genres, as I am not repeating myself and that is exciting. At this juncture of my career, I want to do projects that make me happy and make a difference to my career as well.
How was the experience of shooting a horror show?
We shot for over a month for it, and working with Vikram Bhatt (film-maker) who is the master of the horror genre was great fun. He is such a “chilled out” person and I am glad I did this project. In fact, it was funny shooting horror scenes. People ask me if I was scared while shooting them, but I wasn’t. In fact, I got scared when I saw the episode because it had background scores and special effects. I realised that shooting for horror scenes is taxing as one has to shout and scream a lot..