Bollywood actress Sanya Malhotra who has debuted in the industry with Aamir Khan's 'Dangal' in 2016, was praised widely for her role as Babita Phogat in the biopic. Following the same, she has been winning hearts with back to back ventures. After starring in two critically acclaimed films-- 'Badhaai Ho' and 'Pataakha' last year, the actress is now all set to share screen-space with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Ritesh Batra's 'Photograph'.
Sanya who is eventually climbing the ladder of success recently opened up about her journey to social media blog 'Humans of Bombay' which retells the stories of Mumbai city's inhabitants. Express her niche for dancing the actress revealed that she was a born-dancer who used to dance at every wedding she attended, while the actor with-in her maintained a low-key.
Unveiling her journey to become a performer, Sanya said, “I was that kid who danced at every wedding. I didn’t need any kind of incentive–just music! My parents would take me to all the family weddings because they knew I’d dance my heart out. I loved it so much! I even danced in competitions & when I got to college I was a part of the Choreography Society. We’d spend 8 hours dancing every day! I was so passionate–but my real dream was to act."
"I never revealed this to anyone back home. I thought I’d be laughed at or ridiculed. After all, it’s a big dream. But I thought maybe, I could get to acting through dancing! So I applied for Dance India Dance & got to the top 100." she added.
However, life took its own turn and she apparently got rejected from the Dance show, which however got her the courage to peruse her 'real dream'.
"I got rejected because my backstory wasn’t strong. That’s when I thought maybe I wasn’t meant to perform at all. That show may have rejected me, but it’s what got me to Bombay. I owed it to myself to at least try. So I told my dad about acting. To my surprise, he was supportive!"
Since success comes easy to none, the Bollywood diva also had to go through her own struggled before finally landing up in 'Daangal' opposite Aamir Khan and Fatima Sana Shaikh.
"So I began auditioning. But it was hard–I lived with 6 roommates & there were days when they’d all go out to work & I’d be sitting at home. It was demotivating & I often felt like leaving. But I reminded myself of my dream to perform. Slowly, I learned the ropes of the business, got in touch with casting directors & acted in ads. There were still months when I didn’t get a callback, & I worried about my dwindling bank balance. But I kept going & ended up doing 10 ads in a year! I built my self-esteem & promised to never doubt myself. "she said while having a conversation with HOB.
"Eventually, I got my first audition–Dangal! I remember, I was against 30 other girls, but I just knew I’d be selected. Someone was taking a BTS video & I remember telling her, ‘I’m pakka in this film!’ I was that confident! And I got the role!" the confident actress continued saying.
Sanya said she has relished every single role she has done so far. However, the actress who still has a long way to go in the industry said that she is a keen learner who is ready to overcome all challenges as she got her 'dancing shoes & boxing gloves on'.
"I’ll never forget that feeling that everything had finally been worth it. I’d loved performing ever since I was a kid & now here I was–on the big screen. Ever since I’ve relished every single role I’ve done. While I don’t doubt myself anymore, I know I’m still learning. Nobody’s perfect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try! This is just the beginning, there’s much more to do. But I’ve got my dancing shoes & boxing gloves on–I’m ready!” she concluded saying.
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