‘You can’t have everything in life’
This Children’s Day, Mahima Makwana talks about the effects of growing up in the entertainment industry and how it has made her confident in life
Mahima Makwana’s portrayal as the teenager Rachana in Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke established her career as an actor on the small screen. Later, she was appreciated for her performances in shows such as Dil Ki Baatein Dil Hi Jaane and Adhuri Kahaani Hamari. The 18-year-old talks about growing up as an actor and being passionate about her job.
How was it being a kid on the sets?
Shooting for a daily soap and being a kid around grown-ups in a working environment is a challenge. I constantly reminded myself that I don’t need to get carried away. Work, money, fame and success can be distracting but how you control yourself makes a difference. I managed to do it. You tend to get nervous as you don’t have experience. I behave more mature than my age but it’s a good thing as [being mature helps] you know your limits and no one can take advantage of you as a kid.
Today, when you look back, was being mature than your age beneficial?
It was situational as it wasn’t just about acting but what I wanted to do. I don’t look at it if it was bad or good for me as I went with the flow. When you are around people of your age group, you behave like them but when you are with people older than you, you are a bit sombre. I think I became more responsible and got a lot of confidence in myself. But there was the fear of getting carried away or getting arrogant.
As you were acting, did you feel you missed out on any experience as a teenager?
I used to feel I missed out on going to school or college regularly or going out with friends to chill but had I got that, I wouldn’t have fulfilled my passion. You can’t have everything in life. You win some, you lose some. But if kids are passionate about acting, only then they should take it on, not due to pressure or the glamour of the industry. It is a small part of acting, there is a lot of hard work.
Did you ever want to take a break and focus on studies and then return to acting?
Not really. I have always managed to balance my studies and work well. People told me to discontinue acting and complete my studies. I am good at studies and I want to study, not just for the sake of graduation but knowledge and it’s my interest. I am doing my BMM along with working. I get bored if I do one thing.