It isn’t easy reprising an iconic character on screen and it is especially hard if that iconic character is in the frame with you. Sharvari had to battle this same issue when she made her big-screen debut in Bunty Aur Babli 2 opposite the original Babli, Rani Mukerji. The film opened to mixed reviews but their performances were unanimously praised. While it may have taken Sharvari seven years to see an iota of stardom (she first auditioned in 2014), she is now starting her Bollywood journey with Yash Raj Films. Everybody wants to be a YRF heroine so how is this young debutant holding up? In a fun chat with Filmfare, Sharvari lets loose and talks away…
You auditioned in 2014 and only now are you seeing some amount of success. What kept you going?
You’ve faced pitfalls during these six years and acting is not seen as a feasible career. Who’s been your support system through this?
For me, it’s been my family and friends and they’ve been the biggest support system I could have ever asked for. You know, the best thing about my family and friends is that I don’t remember them telling me even once – even once – that I should do something different. And I wasn’t getting any work, right? I did one ad or maybe, two ads but irrespective of that, not one person told me that I should try something else. If somebody would have said that to me, I probably would have broken. But, I didn’t because they showed that faith in me.
A lot of people dream about being a YRF heroine and you’re starting out with that. How does that feel?
There are a lot of experienced people who tell you, once you come into this world, that aise karna hai, yeh nahi bolna hai, aise Instagram pe daalna hai – how do you balance between being yourself and a public figure?
We’ve all grown up watching Bunty Aur Babli and you’ve started your Bollywood career with this iconic role. How was it?
How was it acting with Rani Mukerji, the original Babli?
It was too much fun because at the end of the day, I am a fan and there is so much to learn from her and the hold that she has on her performance. It was basically like a masterclass with her and Saif Sir (Saif Ali Khan) where you can just sit and be grateful and watch these two perform when the camera is not on you. I feel like I attended this acting class free of cost!
What’s the most Mumbai thing about you? Because you wore a jacket today at 26 degrees.
You were at the VicKat wedding – how was it?
What can you tell us about your future project?
It will get announced in 2022 and it is with YRF and it is unlike anything I’ve done before. It’s a different look, a different genre and I’m super excited to showcase that.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned in 2021?
To be patient and to work hard.
What was the thing you loved most about 2021?
That my film was finally released and my friends and family watched it in the theatre together.
Someone you grew close to in 2021?
I would say, Rani ma’am.
Someone you grew apart from in 2021?
I don’t think I grew apart from anybody in 2021. In fact, I think this year kind of brought everyone closer.
A regret you have about 2021?
That I haven’t gone to the gym in the entire month of December!
One thing you’re proud about in 2021?
That I did not go to the gym! And ate a lot of junk food.
One thing you would tell yourself if you could go back to January 1, 2020?
Don’t stress for so long, your film is releasing in November 2021!