Having started her career with Shoojit Sircar's beautiful film YAHAAN, actress Minissha Lamba is all set to complete a decade this year! While she made her mark with some meaningful projects like BACHNA AE HASEENO, SHAURYA, WELL DONE ABBA, BHEJA FRY 2, she also willingly did second lead roles in CORPORATE, JOKER, ZILLA GHAZIABAD, etc. Now, she has turned to small screen and is a part of the biggest reality show of TV, ‘Bigg Boss'. While she had her share of ups and downs in her journey, with her strong will she managed to sail through it. As we chat with the pretty petite, she readily talks about everything that you put across: Here are the excerpts:
You will be completing a decade in the industry this year, how would you like to summarize the journey?
It's been a fair and interesting journey, where I think I have learnt a lot about myself. I have been someone who has always been aggressive, very pushy and done anything to get ahead. I have been happy with the kind of work I did. I have done the work that has given me happiness.
Has your outlook towards the industry changed since you started out?
My attitude has been the same. I have always been extremely positive, happy. What changes is you gradually understand where you stand. And, especially, for female actors, they need to realize that there is going to be a time when the curtains are going to be down and that is the reality you have to face and deal with.
'I stopped reading entertainment section'
How did you cope with all the negativities around?
Well I just sat at home, read a lot of books and watched TV shows. I stopped picking the newspapers. I think that's the easiest way to disconnect yourself from what's going around. I stopped ordering every newspaper at home, and reading entertainment section, specially. Trust me it helps. That's what I found when I was going in a very down phase. I have just learnt to surrender now. I have learnt to be extremely happy with what I have because if I don't have this also then life would be hell
How do you deal with the ever-growing competition?
There is competition in every industry, in every line of business. It's cutthroat because people are thronging for work everywhere much more than the actual jobs are. There is a surplus of people in every field. Any line of work you choose, there is lot of hard work, and strain.
What really interested you to take up small screen and do a reality show like ‘Bigg Boss'?
Well it was a multi-layered thing. I thought TV was an avenue that should be explored. It's a huge market now in our country with some amazing stuff on television. Seven years ago reality show wasn't something that was thought to be feasible in India. People wouldn't watch it but today reality shows are biggest draws of audiences. Doing Big Boss wasn't switching to TV. The whole idea of taking up ‘Bigg Boss' was doing a reality drama, showcasing your own personality and not doing a fictional character.
Besides, Salman Khan is also one of the major reasons because of whom ‘Bigg Boss' is so huge. He is the one man army; he takes the entire show on his shoulders and takes it ahead. So he is phenomenal, he is everything packaged into one. I am a huge fan of his, because of him I started watching the show and now I watch it every year.
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