COVER STORY

Glam­our girl EVE­LYN SHARMA talks about her event­ful jour­ney from Ger­many to In­dia’s tin­sel­town, and what it takes to make it with­out a men­tor

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Born in Frank­furt, Ger­many, Eve­lyn came to In­dia with the dream of be­com­ing an ac­tor one day. Af­ter years of hard work and pa­tience, she has ful­filled this dream of hers. With no god­fa­ther by her side, Eve­lyn has still man­aged to leave a mark of her own in the in­dus­try. Fear­less, bold and gritty are some of the qual­i­ties that can be at­trib­uted to her per­son­al­ity. She’s not one to be bogged down eas­ily; she re­lent­lessly fol­lows her dreams till they turn into re­al­ity! Cred­it­ing her suc­cess t o the Almighty, Eve­lyn has faith in God’s grace and kind­ness. Had it not been for His sup­port and mercy, she says, she wouldn’t have been able to tread the path of suc­cess and achieve what she has to­day. Also known for her glam­orous roles, Eve­lyn has re­ceived a more than sat­is­fac­tory re­sponse for her act­ing from the au­di­ences too. In the fu­ture, she prom­ises to de­liver ex­cel­lence in her films. Read on to know more…

To start with, share with us your ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on your maiden Bol­ly­wood project; one in­ci­dent you re­call…

My de­but Bol­ly­wood movie was From Syd­ney with Love. It was a com­plete new cast, and we

shot in one of my favourite places: Australia! It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with young peo­ple and a won­der­ful team, which re­ally brought out the best in me!

Ini­tial days in the glam­our in­dus­try sure do leave mem­o­ries that last a life­time. Tell us about one such in­stance…

I be­lieve that the best mem­o­ries are with the peo­ple you meet. And, I am for­tu­nate to have bonded with some great friends over the past few years; I am lucky enough to have them in my life!

Com­ing to the In­dus­try, re­count your ini­tial days for us…

I am a firm be­liever that hard work and a right at­ti­tude are vi­tal el­e­ments for suc­cess and will bring you far. Of course, it is very dif­fi­cult for an out­sider, with no Bol­ly­wood con­nec­tions at all, to grab a hold in this in­dus­try, but tal­ent al­ways wins over other things. Af­ter work­ing with Bol­ly­wood’s top di­rec­tors, co-stars and pro­duc­tion houses in over 10 films, I am happy to call Bol­ly­wood my home.

How sup­port­ive was your fam­ily when you chose to tak­ing up act­ing as a ca­reer?

For­tu­nately, my par­ents stood by me through thick and thin. They are su­per sup­port­ive and al­ways proud of me! Es­pe­cially, my mom al­ways backs me in any­thing I pur­sue!

As re­gards your fil­mog­ra­phy, we have seen you of­ten por­tray­ing comic roles, Do you pre­fer to act in com­edy films?

Oh, yes! I love to act in com­edy flicks as well. In the past, I have acted in Main Tera Hero, Ishqedar­riyaan and Yeh Jawaani Hai Dee­wani. My char­ac­ter, ‘Lara’ was much ap­pre­ci­ated by my fans, that is when I re­alised that the au­di­ences like to see me more in comic roles. So, in or­der to keep au­di­ences’ de­mand in mind, I would like to por­tray comic roles too! Be­sides, it’s such a great feel­ing when you can make peo­ple laugh.

Hav­ing por­trayed var­ied char­ac­ters on the big screen, what char­ac­ter was the tough­est for you to change into?

That’s dif­fi­cult to an­swer! How­ever, I found the char­ac­ter of Lu­vleen in Ishqedar­riyaan the tough­est of all. It was chal­leng­ing to en­act Lu­vleen, a Pun­jabi small town girl from

Hi­machal Pradesh, be­cause I had to learn her man­ner­isms and study her life­style in de­tail. Also, I had to put in a lot of ex­tra ef­fort for mak­ing the au­di­ences be­lieve in my char­ac­ter, thereby por­tray­ing it ap­pro­pri­ately on the sil­ver screen.

What is the most ex­treme change to your per­son­al­ity, hair, body weight, that you have done to pre­pare for a role?

There weren’t many, but once I had to colour my hair blonde for a movie shoot! That was quite the in­tense change!

With re­gard to act­ing, how do you per­ceive it?

Ac­cord­ing to my friends, I’m an hon­est and en­dear­ing ac­tor. They think that I have a good sense of hu­mour, which helps me to act bet­ter in films, es­pe­cially com­edy films. Their ap­pre­ci­a­tion has al­ways en­cour­aged me to shine bright on the 70 mm screen!

In which area would you like to im­prove as an ac­tor?

I have al­ways em­braced var­ied roles to test my abil­i­ties as an ac­tor. With ev­ery movie,

I try to im­prove my per­for­mance. I strongly be­lieve in the old adage – ‘prac­tice makes man per­fect’. An ac­tor has to keep on ex­per­i­ment­ing with his/her act­ing skills in or­der to sur­vive the fierce com­pe­ti­tion that is pre­vail­ing in the Bol­ly­wood in­dus­try. With ev­ery new role, I ex­plore a new facet, which fur­ther helps me to hone my skills as an ac­tor.

Since you are known for your dance per­for­mances, what was the big­gest au­di­ence you have per­formed for?

I vividly re­mem­ber my de­but dance per­for­mance at a big cel­e­bra­tion in one of the re­mote ar­eas of In­dia. Nearly one lakh peo­ple were wait­ing to watch me per­form on Paani Paani and Balam Pichkari! I was nerve-wracked, since I was the cyno­sure of all eyes. How­ever, with con­fi­dence and courage, I took the stage and started per­form­ing. While at it, I heard a few gun­shots at a far away dis­tance from the stage. The gun­shots scared me com­pletely and I was taken aback for a while. Later, I came to know that there wasn’t any un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent at the event; in fact, the gun­shots were fired in ju­bi­la­tion. It was re­ally a scary ex­pe­ri­ence!

Do you think you could have done a past per­for­mance bet­ter? What was the

per­for­mance? Why could you have done it bet­ter? bet­ter

I al­ways feel that my ev­ery per­for­mance could have been bet­ter, be­cause I alal­ways look for perfection in my act­ing. So even if I have played­playe my part well, I still feel that some­thing is miss­ing and I try to search that miss­ing el­emenele­ment. I like to be as per­fect as pos­si­ble­poss in my work, so the urge to do bet­ter is al­ways there in my mind.m

Tell us about your ex­pe­ri­encee on im­pro­vi­sa­tion?

Well, I make some at­tempts from my end to make­mak the role

more re­al­is­tic by adding a few im­pro­vi­sa­tions. To give you an ex­am­ple, I was work­ing with di­rec­tor Ayan Muk­erji for Yeh Jawaani Hai Dee­wani, while com­ing up with new di­a­logues and scenes for my char­ac­ter ‘Lara’, we had a lot of fun. I had to im­pro­vise my di­a­logues, yet main­tain the flow of it. I feel that if you have a great char­ac­ter, there is a lot that an ac­tor can im­pro­vise on.

As for your ca­reer growth, are you sat­is­fied with what you have achieved so far as an artiste?

It feels great to see hard work pay off! Hav­ing said that, I want to keep ex­per­i­ment­ing so as to avoid com­pla­cency. All in all, I am happy with the kind of work that I am do­ing.

Be­ing a celebrity, how do you han­dle your fame?

I think fame is an in­sep­a­ra­ble part of an ac­tor’s life, so it needs to be han­dled with cau­tion. It can change the fate of an ac­tor in a day! I han­dle my fame by us­ing it as a voice to en­cour­age peo­ple to do good deeds and in­spire them to dream big!

What is the hard­est part of be­ing a celebrity?

Be­ing a celebrity means con­stantly liv­ing up to cer­tain ex­pec­ta­tions. There is con­tin­u­ous pres­sure from the au­di­ence when it comes to your work. And if your film doesn’t do well at the box-of­fice, it’s even worse, the ex­pec­ta­tions your fans have from you are shat­tered; as a re­sult, they get dis­ap­pointed. So, be­ing a celebrity is surely not a piece of cake.

When it comes to mem­o­ris­ing lines, how good are you at it?

Al­though dur­ing my ini­tial days I faced a few glitches in mem­o­ris­ing my lines, I think with time and ex­pe­ri­ence I have man­aged to mas­ter the art. Af­ter years of prac­tice, I can now mem­o­rise lines well, which helps to be ef­fi­cient as an ac­tor.

What role, if any, deeply af­fected you per­son­ally, per­haps even changed you in a per­ma­nent man­ner?

I am of the opin­ion that you learn new things with new roles, which get etched in your mem­ory for­ever. I have learnt a lot from my past roles, which have had given me ef­fec­tive life lessons in some or the other way and made me a bet­ter per­son, chang­ing my per­son­al­ity per­ma­nently. As for my fu­ture en­deav­ours, I hope to keep learn­ing some­thing new and up­grad­ing my­self as a hu­man be­ing and also as an ac­tor.

If not an ac­tor, then what you would have be­come?

An en­tre­pre­neur! I love fre­quent­ing dif­fer­ent spas in my neigh­bour­ing ar­eas. Prob­a­bly, I would have ven­tured and in­vested in a spa.

With you ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in the Bol­ly­wood in­dus­try, tell us about the chal­lenges you faced…

Un­for­tu­nately, you don’t only meet nice peo­ple in this in­dus­try. I used to get a lot of shady of­fers in the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer, and peo­ple tried to take ad­van­tage of me since I had no ‘god­fa­ther’. Hence, I know the sig­nif­i­cance of hav­ing a god­fa­ther in the in­dus­try. How­ever, I’m glad that the in­dus­try is chang­ing in this re­spect and peo­ple are be­com­ing more pro­fes­sional, which is a pos­i­tive sign for the en­tire film fra­ter­nity. Over the years, I have had the op­por­tu­nity to work with the most amaz­ing peo­ple who have had al­ways pro­tected me from fac­ing trou­ble.

Lastly, tell us a lit­tle about your up­com­ing re­leases…

Cur­rently, I am shoot­ing for my up­com­ing film, Jack & Dil, which is di­rected by Sachin P Karande, and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to this. Also, I’m en­joy­ing my ca­ma­raderie with co-star, Amit Sadh.

Tell us how you feel about Pune.

Pune is a highly ur­ban­ized city, yet it is so rooted in its rich and cul­tural her­itage. The city has been wel­com­ing by of­fer­ing me the most splen­did dose of hos­pi­tal­ity. Since I’m a Ger­man na­tional, it feels great to see a lot of Ger­man brands in the city. Plus, I love the vibe that the city ex­udes, which is why it is one of my favourite places in In­dia. I am to­tally in love with the city, so much so that I would love to own a house in Pune.

From Syd­ney With Love

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