Surveen Chawla says Sacred Games shoot was hard: ‘I was pregnant but had to drown in negativity’

Updated on Nov 28, 2019 06:12 PM IST
Surveen Chawla said that it was challenging for her to shoot Sacred Games 2 when she was pregnant because she had to drown herself in negativity for the role.
Surveen Chawla was pregnant while shooting for Sacred Games 2.
Surveen Chawla was pregnant while shooting for Sacred Games 2.
Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Surveen Chawla won plaudits for her performance as the mysterious ‘madam’ Jojo Mascarenhas in Netflix web-series Sacred Games. In a recent interaction, she revealed that shooting for the second season was a rather difficult experience for her, as she was pregnant at the time.

“There is nothing common between Jojo and me. I was pregnant at that time, so it was a little difficult too because normally you want to be happy and stay away from negativity but here I had to drown myself into negativity because Jojo was very unforgiving and bitter. It was challenging as an actor on-screen as well as off-screen,” she was quoted by Mid-Day as saying on Netflix’s The Brand New Show on YouTube.

Jojo was an extremely confusing character for Surveen, and switching on and off from the negativity became challenging for the actor. “This was a milestone moment in my life per se so going into a very negative and dark zone and switching on and off became confusing. I even shared with Amruta (Subhash, who plays the character of Kusum Devi Yadav), that I personally found Jojo confusing. She was a very confused personality and I was wondering where I am. I had to just let go and learnt from my own experiences.”


While Surveen’s character dies in the very first episode of Sacred Games, she appears in flashbacks throughout season 1 and 2. Her repartee with Ganesh Gaitonde (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) in the second season received a lot of appreciation from viewers.

Surveen, who was pregnant while filming Season 2 of Sacred Games, welcomed her first child with husband Akshay Thakker in April this year. She announced the birth of her daughter Eva with an adorable Instagram post. “We now have her tiny feet to fill the tiny shoes! Blessed by her wonderful arrival in our little family! Welcoming our daughter Eva,” she wrote.


Surveen and Akshay secretly tied the knot in Italy in 2015, but it was only in 2017 that the actor shared the news with the rest of the world. The couple announced that they were expecting their first child in November last year.

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