‘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

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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.

Mahima Mak­wana

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