December 2, 2021

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Shikha Talsania: I used to get stereotyped

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Shikha Talsania: I used to get stereotyped
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Shikha Talsania: I used to get stereotyped
Shikha Talsania: I used to get stereotyped

She began her journey as an actress with Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma starrer Wake Up Sid in 2009. From there on she’s been a part of movies like Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, My Friend Pinto and many more. One of her projects Shikha feels proud of is Veer Di Wedding starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor. “It took me nearly 10 years to land a role in a film like this,” says Shikha, talking very proudly about the big ticket Bollywood venture.
The actress who doesn’t fit into the quintessential heroine physique, the one which lead actors of Bollywood flaunt, is happy that filmmakers are looking beyond and are not stereotyping her anymore. She says, “People have a habit of looking up to the lead heroines who flaunt cookie cutter physiques. Even when I was aspiring to become an actor I wasn’t focusing on my body structure, but just acting. I wanted to act and that’s it. Whenever I watch films I wonder how smoothly and convincingly the actor delivered the dialogues. I would also wonder if I was acting in that film how I would do those expressions on screen, or what new could I bring to the table.”

Though initially she’s played characters with body image issues, she isn’t complaining. “I am really proud of the fact that I played those characters. For the longest time, their representation on screen has been weird. They were either shown as hungry, horny or just funny. Uske aalawa inn characters mein kuch nahi that. But have we ever wondered what’s going on in their minds or hearts? So, I am very happy that I got to represent that. I am very happy that I have been a part of inclusivity and diversity that we need in this industry. Today, I get to do parts that have nothing to do with physicality, but to do with my skillset and I’m loving every bit of it.”

Shikha, who’s the daughter of actors Tiku and Dipti Talsania says that times changed especially due to the advent of digital content. She shares, “I have a lot more choices today. When earlier I used to get stereotyped I wouldn’t know what to do. Only 2 out of ten filmmakers would look at me differently. However, today the number has risen to 5 out of ten people. I am my father’s carbon copy. What kept me going is the fact that my dad was never written about her appearance but his work. I knew for a fact that if I focused upon my work I could only progress. I just kept trying different things and I never stopped hustling.”

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