Interview of the week: Everything is in the name… HELEN : Shakuntala Vidya Sharma
She is the face of Sikkimese girl in the
Nepali film Industry; former model and a popular Hindi TV serial actress, meet
Shakuntala Vidya Sharma from Daramdin. She is ready with her new Nepali film
‘Helen’, which is also her first home production.
Tell us something about yourself?
Born in a modest family, I am the middle child
among three girls. Both my parents have spent their lives teaching, while I
have always been more inclined towards art, unlike anyone else in the family.
Acting has been my favorite form of expression. It is when I act I feel I’m
letting go of everything I want to express. That is where I find myself. So
maybe that’s me.
Daramdin to Helen, how has life changed?
It isn’t much different from the real journey
from Daramdin to Gangtok. Some green forests, Paddy fields, Cascading
waterfalls, rivers, smooth highways and some bumpy roads in between. So in
every journey the view, time and place constantly change. With that change
comes experience and with that experience comes change. Life is still the same,
thoughts and views are different now.
Your film Helen is all set to release,
what are your expectations?
The only expectation I have is that those who
wish to watch our film will find a way to watch it and I wish that everyone
Helen, what is it in a name?
Everything is in the name… HELEN.
close is the film’s story with the reality of life?
It’s a real fiction. The story may be
fictitious but the moments are something one can relate to.
is your second movie with Prashant Rasaily, the film director. What is so special
I don’t know what is so special about him, but
what I’m sure of is, his work is special.
· You have
acted in a popular TV serial “Balika Vadhu” how did it happen and how was life
I decided to move to Mumbai after my college
in Darjeeling in 2010 and joined an acting school there. After a series of
auditions I finally managed to get into the Television series and Balika Vadhu
is one of those. After the Mumbai experience in small screen and before Helen
here in Sikkim, there has been some life changing events. Some I have learnt
from my own shortfalls and some from others. So all these learning has
definitely made me stronger and wiser to take bigger steps in my life.
· How did
the seed of acting get into you?
I must have eaten it… (Oops!!) Is
it easy for a model to be an actor?
Yes… If there’s an actor inside the model.
What are the projects you are looking
I am looking forward to “projects”
Your words to the readers.
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