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Shamita Shetty: Facing the camera after 9 years felt like working in my first film

Actor Shamita Shetty, who has returned to showbiz with a web series, says that it’s quite natural for a performer to feel nervous while facing the camera after a long break, and it was no different in her case.

bollywood Updated: Oct 03, 2017 16:03 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Shamita Shetty,Shilpa Shetty,Mohabbatein
Actor Shamita Shetty was busy with interior designing in Dubai for all these years that she was away from Bollywood.(Hindustan Times)

For nine long years, actor Shamita Shetty stayed away from Bollywood, and made a career in interior designing. Now, she is back to acting with a web series, titled Yo Ke Hua Bro.

Asked if she was nervous facing the camera after such a long time, the actor says that it’s only natural to feel so. “But this is something that I absolutely love doing. On the first day of my shoot, I went to my director asking him if I was doing it right, and he explained to me that [because] I hadn’t acted for so long... you tend to unlearn everything. He was very encouraging,” says Shamita, who made her Bollywood debut with Mohabbatein (2000).

Recalling the time when she worked on her debut film, the actor says that shooting for this web series after such a long break was no different — she again felt like a debutante actor.

“When I shot for Mohabbatein, I didn’t really know much about acting. I didn’t know right or wrong angles, what worked for me, how to do things. You learn all these over the years and because I didn’t have all that information, I could perform bindaas (carefree). While doing this web series, I felt [as if] I was working in my first film all over again,” shares a nostalgic Shamita.

Known for the longest time in her career as “Shilpa Shetty’s sister”, Shamita admits that it took much effort to find her niche. About any apprehensions regarding her comeback, Shamita says, “If I wasn’t sure about this venture, I wouldn’t have gotten into that area. I’ve always been like this — unless I’m a hundred per cent convinced, I just don’t choose to be a part of the film.”

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First Published: Oct 03, 2017 16:03 IST