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
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.
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