I want to explore as many genres as possible: Yami Gautam
The actor talks about her struggle to stardom and the experience of sharing screenspace with fellow actors
In an industry where a slew of star children are gearing up for their launch into Hindi filmdom, actor Yami Gautam says making it in Bollywood all by herself has been challenging.
Born in a Himachali family, Yami ventured into Bollywood in 2012 with Vicky Donor and has since featured in hits like Badlapur and Kaabil. She also did films like Total Siyappa and Sarkar 3.
Talking about her career, Yami says "I am just working and looking ahead. I am a very focused person. Of course, I feel very happy. There was a time when I Youtubed myself and looked at my old ads when I was absolutely new."
"Having said that I am very happy and proud because making it on your own in this industry is very challenging. It is not that easy. But I love that challenge," she adds.
The Sanam Re actor says the challenge gives her a high and she is happy to establish her presence "slowly and steadily."
"I am a very ambitious girl. So I know where I have to reach.. it's just about taking those steps and never stopping," she adds.
Actors, after delivering a hit, go on a signing spree. But in her case, that did not happen. Is that because she is picky? "I won't call it picky. It is just that I have never believed in work which I don't feel from my heart. My choices may have been wrong also, but that is okay. I must have had reasons for doing a certain film, it's not that I am selective," says Yami.
The actor also aspires to try her hand at all possible genres. "I would like to explore as many genres as possible. Versatility is key. I want to be a versatile actor and I want to work with directors who believe in me. I am really looking forward to doing such films and surprising myself and my audience every time I work," she adds.
She will next be seen in the upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu with Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.
Ego wars are often heard of with two heroines in a film. When asked about it, Yami says, "I think such notions are just absolutely blown out of proportion. I think in today's time, it's all about work and focusing on your own self and being secure in what you are doing. There is competition obviously, but at the same time, there is room for everybody to express themselves and be themselves and explore their potential."
About Shraddha, she says, "We have never worked before; we do meet occasionally socially. She is a lovely girl and I am looking forward to working with her."