My mother thought that I would fail as an ac­tor: Deepika

Tele­vi­sion ac­tor Deepika Singh talks about how her mother didn’t sup­port her de­ci­sion to be­come an ac­tor, and her ini­tial strug­gle af­ter join­ing the in­dus­try

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri.na­yar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

When I bagged the lead role in my show, my mother was con­vinced that some­one was try­ing to fool me. I thought she might be right DEEPIKA SINGH,AC­TOR

Ac­tor Deepika Singh (right) is now a fa­mil­iar house­hold name. How­ever she says that ini­tially, her mother was not very com­fort­able with her de­ci­sion to be­come an ac­tor. “When I came to Mum­bai ini­tially, my mother would of­ten call me and tell me that I would fail as an ac­tor. My mom told me, ‘Have you seen your height, you will never be able to make it big. In fact, when I told them that I bagged the lead role in my show, she was con­vinced that some­one was try­ing to fool me. I also got con­vinced and thought she might be right!” says Deepika, who plays the role of an IPS of­fi­cer in a pop­u­lar TV show. The ac­tor says that she re­mem­bers strug­gling a lot in her early days. “I com­pletely stopped shop­ping. I used to watch films all night, as I felt this would help me work on my act­ing skills. I would read the script again and again . I went through hard­ship and strug­gled so much. It had be­come a do-or-die sit­u­a­tion for me,” she says.

“I felt that if I failed as an ac­tor, the en­tire world would know. That is what both­ered me the most. I knew I had no choice but to per­form well. I had done my MBA be­fore com­ing to Mum­bai and I knew that I was com­pletely chang­ing the di­rec­tion of my ca­reer and I just had to do well,” she adds.

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