Sh­weta’s par­ents didn’t want her to be­come an ac­tor

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She al­ways wanted to take up act­ing as a ca­reer. But her par­ents’ re­ac­tion was more like, ‘Could you do some­thing else?’, re­veals Sh­weta Basu Prasad (be­low), who rose to fame as a child ac­tor in films such as Makdee (2002) and Iqbal (2005).

“I come from a fam­ily of engi­neers, doc­tors and CAs. My par­ents weren’t ea­ger to make me work in the in­dus­try. They were se­lec­tive (about my projects),” says the 26-year-old. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, they wanted her to take a break, and Sh­weta is glad she fol­lowed their ad­vice. “Af­ter Iqbal, my par­ents made me cut off from ev­ery­thing. I am grate­ful to them, as those were my for­ma­tive years, and I learnt so many other things in that time... I don’t rec­om­mend that child ac­tors con­tinue to work through their teenage years be­cause dur­ing this time, one can dis­cover so many other things which they en­joy,” she says. The ac­tor, how­ever, con­tin­ued to get film and TV of­fers. “While in col­lege, I did one or two south­ern films. I had TV of­fers as well, but I wanted to wait for the right project to make my come­back,” says Sh­weta, who now stars in a TV soap.

Af­ter Iqbal, my par­ents made me cut off from ev­ery­thing. I am grate­ful to them, as I learnt so many other things in that time SH­WETA BASU PRASAD, AC­TOR

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