Sakshi Benipuri: The night of struggle has been a decade long

Updated on Mar 15, 2022 01:01 PM IST
Lucknowite Sakshi Benipuri’s stellar performance in The Great Indian Murder got her overnight fame for playing Ishwari, a Rajasthani widow. But, the night before this dawn lasted for a decade, says the actor.
Sakshi Benipuri was last seen playing Ishwari, a Rajasthani widow, in OTT series The Great Indian Murder. (Instagram)
Sakshi Benipuri was last seen playing Ishwari, a Rajasthani widow, in OTT series The Great Indian Murder. (Instagram)
ByDeep Saxena

Lucknowite Sakshi Benipuri’s stellar performance in The Great Indian Murder got her overnight fame for playing Ishwari, a Rajasthani widow. But, the night before this dawn lasted for a decade, says the actor.

“I shifted to Mumbai in 2012 and since then it has been about auditions, learning, training, theatre and small-roles. I’m glad that I got the right project to showcase my craft and finally the industry noticed me. The drill of auditioning and struggle will surely continue but people now know that I’m bankable enough to be considered for a role,” says the young actor.

Benipuri has done a number of small roles in films like Heroine, Section 375 and AK vs AK.

“Of late, I have signed a project that will go on floors soon but can’t divulge much at this stage. Then, the second season of OTT series too is on the cards. So, things are going in the right direction.” She will be next seen in Delhi Crimes 2.

Talking about her initial days, she says, “I have done my schooling from Loreto Convent (Lucknow) and then took admission in National Institute of Fashion and Technology, Delhi. I knew, I have to earn to live my dream so I got into styling, made some money and shifted to Mumbai. I started auditioning like crazy but was unable to crack any. So, I understood that I need to learn.”

Sakshi Benipuri at her hometown Lucknow (Instagram)
Sakshi Benipuri at her hometown Lucknow (Instagram)

Benipuri soon joined an acting school where she met acting-coach Saurabh Sachdeva who became her mentor. “That’s the best thing that happened to me. He helped me break my armour. Fashion industry is about showcasing style, keeping right attitude and posture while hiding emotions. Whereas, being an actor it was a different ball game. Here you need to project your vulnerability and emotions in a right mix and to master that art, training is a must for budding actors. It’s a tapasya in itself,” she adds.

The Chhapaak actor feels that hailing from Lucknow also contributed to her craft. “I can proudly say Saurabh sir as well as hometown surely played an important role in my career — humare sheher ki bhasha, Urdu se aashiqui aur bhasha main thehrav...”

She feels theatre too added to her craft. “I have done multiple shows of Mugalatein for three years, where I played a sex-worker, and that has helped me a lot.”

Benipur recalls how apprehensive she was while wearing a deep-neck and doing bold scenes in the series. “I was hesitant initially as my parents and someday my kids will also see! But then, when you have Tigmanshu Dhulia as a director who shoots so aesthetically and tastefully then you don’t need to worry,” she says.

Her father is a retired civil engineer, mother a housewife while her brother is in merchant navy. They initially lived on Havlock Road in Lucknow but later shifted to Gomti Nagar.

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