Yami went through a low phase af­ter her de­but film

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com ■

oing through ups and downs is a com­mon phe­nom­e­non in any Bol­ly­wood ac­tor’s life, but Yami Gau­tam be­lieves in go­ing with the flow and not los­ing hope in life. The ac­tor says that she learned this while she was deal­ing with a low phase in life that she went through right af­ter the suc­cess of her de­but Bol­ly­wood film, Vicky Donor (2012) as two of her sub­se­quent films — To­tal Siyappa (2014) and Ac­tion Jack­son (2014) tanked at the box of­fice. She ad­mits it was dif­fi­cult for her to cope when these films failed to make a mark and im­press the au­di­ences.

“Post the suc­cess of your first film, there is a lot of pres­sure on you re­gard­ing what your next project is go­ing to be. Two of my films af­ter Vicky Donor did not do well. So, there was a time when I used to be very scared of go­ing out for an event and face the pub­lic be­cause I did not know what to tell the me­dia about what I am do­ing next, and I would won­der how am I go­ing to re­spond to them ask­ing me about my films not do­ing well. I was too young and new in the in­dus­try to un­der­stand how to han­dle all these ques­tions. And it was not easy,” says Yami.

At that point, the ac­tor shares that her fam­ily stood by her side. “My mum and sis­ter helped me dur­ing that time. They helped me cope with the sit­u­a­tion and made me re­alise that such things are part and par­cel of this in­dus­try and life in gen­eral. I then de­cided to con­cen­trate on groom­ing my­self, and im­prove my skills, rather than just feel­ing bad about what had hap­pened and crib­bing about it. What’s im­por­tant is that you have to keep go­ing and ev­ery time you fall, you must try and get back with a fresh en­ergy,” she adds.

Yami also feels that now she is bet­ter pre­pared to deal with such sit­u­a­tions. “Yes, things like this will keep happening, but this time I am pre­pared and I will be able to han­dle it bet­ter. This time I will gob­ble the ice cream, maybe with a smile. You just can­not give up, and you have to keep work­ing,” says the Kaa­bil (2017) ac­tor.

Yami is cur­rently work­ing on two films — Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Me­ter Chalu also star­ring Shahid Kapoor and Shrad­dha Kapoor, and Aditya Dhar’s de­but ven­ture Uri that also stars Vicky Kaushal.

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