Shernavaz Jijina: Been on a learning spree all these years

ByS Farah Rizvi
Apr 26, 2023 06:29 PM IST

Actor-model Shernavaz Jijina believes that one right project can change your career. Her role in Mirzapur grew from a small one to a major one in season 3. She has worked with actors like Pankaj Tripathi and Kulbhushan Kharbanda and has a new film and two web series coming up this year. Jijina is excited about the release of Mirzapur 3, saying her character has shaped up in a surprising way.

Actor-model Shernavaz Jijina asserts that just one right project in your career can bring the focus back on you.

Shernavaz Jijina
Shernavaz Jijina

“This is how it is; you never know what can work for you and whether it makes or breaks you. When we were shooting for Mirzapur 1 (2018), I had just joined the industry. None of us knew that the series would go on to become that big a hit and would turn out to be one of the cult OTT shows. It was a small role then became bigger and better with season 2 and now 3. Today, makers recognise me well and I don’t have to look around for work,” says the Bang Baaja Baraat actor.

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On working with bigger names initially in her career, Jijina adds, “None could have planned it better than destiny. I got to share screen with actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and many more. It was like I was in some acting school learning from the best. And it didn’t end there. Soon, I got this feature film Ranchod with none other than Naseeruddin (Shah) Sir! So, I have been on a learning spree all these years.”

Jijina wants to stay focussed on films and OTT for now. “Things are looking up for me and I am happy being in the OTT industry. Good content is being made and I have two web series starting in June-July this year followed by an untitled film. Then Mirzapur3 is in post-production, and like all, I am also eagerly waiting for it to hit the screens as it will surely be a like a roller-coaster ride for all. The way my character has shaped, all thanks to my makers, it will surprise the audience.”

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    S Farah Rizvi writes on Bollywood, OTT, television and culture for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

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