Sustaining In Films Bigger Challenge Than Achieving Success: Yami Gautam


Mumbai:  Even though she started out her journey in the movies with a clarity about the kind of roles she would want to portray, actor Yami Gautam says the “out of sight, out of mind” approach deflected her towards making conventional choices.

The Himachal Pradesh-born actor made her debut with 2012’s “Vicky Donor” and followed it up with films such as “Badlapur” and “Kaabil”.

In between, she featured in some stereotypical heroine roles, but according to her, things changed for good post “Uri: The Surgical Strike” and “Bala”, both 2019 releases.

“For me the awareness was always there right from my first film. When I look back 10 years ago, I auditioned for a film like ‘Vicky Donor’, which can sound so different from what it actually was… Even then, I was clear about the kind of films I wanted to associate with.

“But your real journey starts with your second film. It is not about getting success with a particular film, it is about what follows after that and how you sustain that. I think that is a bigger challenge,” Yami told PTI in an interview here.

Looking back, the 34-year-old actor said there were certain decisions she took as she wanted to be seen.

“At the end of the day it is like, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ so you have to do something. If a certain kind of film is coming, you do it. One is like, ‘Okay, let’s do it’. But there’s no fun in it,” she added.

She has evolved into a much careful artiste now and only considers a project on the basis of the script, said Yami.

“I read a script very carefully and make my notes, even for the films that I don’t do. I share it with the director as I feel for the writers. They spend so much time writing, so you owe that respect to them.” The actor said her failures have taught her there are no “shortcuts”.

“Everyone has to go through ups and downs. There is a learning curve that we all have to go through the hard way. Hard way is the best way, there are no shortcuts to anything,” she added.

Over the years, Yami believes she has also realised that being part of something which doesn’t have her heart is the “worst” feeling.

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