Former VJ and Bollywood hottie Shenaz Treasurywala, who is making headlines for her open letter to the influential men of India, shares that despite ups and downs one needs to have faith in life.
“When my journey with MTV ended that was a big down in my life because I was at the peak of my career and my show was No. 1. But I was fired from MTV because I met somebody, who I thought was love of my life and Mr. Right (giggles) unfortunately for little time, and moved along with him. I decided to do his and my show together. So, MTV got really upset with that,” says Shenaz
“I juggled between TV, films, hosting or writing screenplays. I have grown with so many creative things. Of course there were lots of ups and downs. And that's how everybody's life is, but life of an actor has more ups and downs. But despite having different downs in life, you just got to have faith that things will be better soon. For instance, recently when I was in US and doing few shows there, I thought it's all over here and maybe I should go back to India now. I just sold my last piece of furniture and to my surprise got a call from Comedy Central for a big show. So you need to have faith.” Shenaz gets preachy.
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Being a firm believer in Karma, Shenaz advises one and all to be independent than waiting for things to happen. “I believe in Karma. Be the good person, put all the energy out there to what you want to do and keep working towards it. I feel we actors are puppets in another people's hands. This is a genuine advice to all the actors that don't just wait for things to come or happen. I think create your own work, make your own things happen because life is hard, especially for actors. I am not talking about superstars but I am just talking on behalf of actors generally worldwide.” Shenaz opines.
Shenaz has been around in the glitzy industry for more than a decade yet she is bubbly, happy-go-lucky and looks the same. Quiz Shenaz about being perpetually effervescent and she says, “I am hopefully more mature and grounded now. I love doing yoga and swimming but more than that it's about your happiness quotient, how you are as a person and staying positive all the time. I am lucky I guess (smiles).”
Shenaz has done few but impressive films, ISHQ VISHQ, DELHI BELLY and latest being MAIN AUR MR. RIIGHT. What makes her so choosy? She quips, “I only choose films those are going to be hit (laughs). I read a script and say yes. I always like to work with fresh actors. Like Shahid, Imran and now Barun all have been new breed of actors and the films also did really well.”
But didn't she miss the opportunity of doing some great movies? Shenaz reveals, ''I don't think I missed any opportunity. At least, not the one that I wanted to do. I wanted right scripts and right sensibility, so I rather decided to do other shows than films. After ISHQ VISHQ, I left MTV and went to Thailand. I was out of reach and out of touch. Also, I never had the ambition to be a big Bollywood actress. I just wanted to live life my way and am happy with my career. I am not a Bollywood babe, not one of those and can't fit into it also. I am a very nomadic and unpredictable.''
Where every other actress has Khans and Kapoors on their wish list, Shenaz has different dreams altogether. She is not vying to work with superstars. “Not really looking forward to work but I love Aamir Khan. I did work with him in DELHI BELLY. I don't have any desire. I want to try something new. I would really love to be a stand-up comedian. But Indians have a perception that girls are just for glamour, they are pretty and showcased as beauty without brains. They are not known to be comedians,” Shenaz signs off.
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