She is affable yet strong-minded, bubbly yet versatile, and has proved her mettle as an actor with movies like Gone Kesh, Mirzapur, Masaan, among others. And if you are a kid from the ’90s, you may recollect her as Disney’s teen icon Zenia Khan from Kya Mast Hai Life. From starting her journey with small screen to leaving her mark on big screen, Shweta Tripathi Sharma has come a long way and seems to be in no mood to slow down.
“Doing back-to-back projects and getting love from audience is what we look for, as an actor. And to be in this place right now feels great. I have always wanted to perform. Acting makes me happy in true sense; it’s like water to me, without which I really cannot sustain for long,” shares the actor, who is making her Tamil debut with Mehandi Circus, slated to release on April 19.
“The film is a love story between a Tamil boy and a North Indian girl who works in a circus company. My character, Mehandi, is a young circus performer who does stunts. And Raju Murugan wrote the script, so there was no chance of me not doing it.
I took lessons to learn the language to give my best shot. Also, when I used to learn Bharatanatyam, my teacher spoke Tamil. She used to talk and I used to understand the emotions. It’s all about expression. And, I never restricted myself and would never ever limit myself when it comes to a different language or a medium.”
Talking more about this, we ask the actor about her south Indian connection. As she recollects, she laughs and discloses her Hyderabad chapter. “It was one amazing phase — the hostel life. I studied in NIFT and, as part of it, I stayed in the city campus. The culture, the food, the music are so diverse here. I believe that the more you travel, the more you grow.”
Be it digital, films or television, you can witness her everywhere. Talking about which space is more challenging, Shweta feels irrespective of the genre, the digital space is challenging comparatively. Why? “There is more homework to be done to keep the graph of a character because it is not limited to two-hour journey, but beyond that.
The reach is far wider and, at the same time, it is fun and creative. But, working for a feature film is different, to be on the big screen and be part of that world… it surely feels great. So, I try to balance it out.”
As she signs off, she concludes by saying, “Our career paths might be different but my advice would be ‘don’t be afraid to experiment’. Let life be a roller coaster full of challenges. Do what satisfies you.”