EXCLUSIVE: Shruti Sharma on Bollywood debut with Pagglait, bond with Sanya Malhotra, stereotypes and nepotism
Shruti Sharma, who wowed everyone with her ‘dhamakedaar’ performance in Gathbandhan, has graduated to Bollywood now. Yes, Shruti has made her big Bollywood debut with ‘Pagglait’ starring Sanya Malhotra, Ashutosh Rana, and Raghubir Yadav in the lead roles. She plays the role of Nazia Zaidi, Sandhya’s (Sanya Malhotra) best friend in Pagglait. Like every other BFF, Naiza supports Sandhya in every decision and stands by her like a pillar.
In a recent, exclusive and candid chat with Bollywood Bubble, Shruti Sharma opened up on her Bollywood debut with Pagglait, bond with Sanya Malhotra, stereotypes and nepotism. “To define it in words is impossible. I’m overwhelmed, and thankful to God for giving me this opportunity,” Shruti said as she expressed her excitement about doing her first Bollywood film.
Sharing her working experience with the team of Pagglait, Shruti expressed, “It was an incredible experience working with the cast of Pagglait. They all are ‘diggaj’ actors, it just felt amazing working with such brilliant actors. I’m grateful to have got the chance to spend time with them on sets, listen to their conversations, observe them and learn how they work. I feel blessed.”
Ask her about her off-screen bond with co-actress Sanya Malhotra, Shruti revealed how well they gelled up. “When we first met, we were not friends, but gradually we formed a bond. I don’t know how it happened, but it was easy. We are almost the same age, we spent time on sets and gradually friendship bloomed between us. Just like Nazia does not knot anyone else except Sandhya in Pagglait, I (Shruti) had only Sanya to bond with as friends on sets. We bonded over Korean dramas offscreen,” she told us.
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When asked if she has faced any stereotype while entering into Bollywood from TV, Shruti shared, “Since I have come to Mumbai, I have never auditioned for a movie. I auditioned for India’s Next Superstar, then I got a TV show and I started working. This (Pagglait) was the first Bollywood movie that I auditioned for, and I luckily got it. I don’t know how it happened, but God has been kind to me.”
“What I feel is that yes, people do stereotype since you have worked on Television. I was also reminded that I’m a TV actor, not from the production team, but from my co-actors. My co-actors told me, ‘Aare you are doing TV, dekhna wahan pe log bolenge tumhe.’ But, nobody said that. What my director asked me to do is to be genuine and honest with my work, that’s all. If somebody else may have experienced it, I’m not aware, but I have not faced the stereotypes as such,” she reteraited
Talking about the ongoing debate of nepotism in Bollywood, Shruti said, “According to my opinion, Nepotism is a wide wide subject, which is prevalent in our society everywhere. There is nepotism everywhere and in every field. I don’t think it is bad, because every parent wants to secure the future of their child.”
“It turns bad, when someone else, who is deserving loses a chance, and their career is affected. Other than that, I feel everything goes simultaneously in society. It is on us, how we tackle and deal with situations. I’ve been fortunate that I have not faced the wrath of nepotism until now,” she continued.
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Shruti went on to reveal the message and change the makers of Pagglait are trying to bring with the film. “There are millions of norms and rules for women in society, and men also. It is okay if she (the widow in the movie) is not crying, it’s not a big deal, maybe their relationship was not that strong. Somewhere, through Pagglait, we’re trying to show that a coin has two sides, and both are equally important,” she expressed.
Lastly, Shruti also revealed when people termed her as ‘Pagglait’ and what the word actually means to her. “My friends in Lucknow, call me Pagglait. I think when you decide to do what you want when you know it’s not possible, but still, try to take a step ahead, people call you Pagglait,” she said.
“When I was in Lucknow, I was living in a typical, middle-class conservative family, and when I decided to be an actor, I faced a lot of roadblocks. People asked me, ‘Are you crazy? Do you think it will work?’ While people doubted my potential, my mother and brother supported me. So, people called me Pagglait. For everyone, the meaning of Pagglait should be – ‘the one who follows their heart, Shruti Sharma signed off.
Pagglait released on Netflix on March 26 and has received a thunderous response from the audience. Meanwhile, Shruti is seen as Chamcham in Colors TV’s show Namak Issk Ka. She has also spread the charm of her acting skills in shows like Nazar 2 and Yehh Jadu Hai Jinn Ka!