What joining the film industry taught them, is what we asked superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and others. Here’s what they had to say
When I came into the film industry there were no mobiles or pagers, only landline phones and communication was only through landline phones or letters. My fans wanted to interact with me but it was not possible to do so. But ever since the social media came into its own I looked at it as an effective way to connect with my fans and started learning how to use it. Slowly I became very active on it and today I enjoy connecting with my fans on social media through my blog, twitter etc. I feel so good interacting with my fans, because I learn from them and get their opinions. I strongly feel that whatever one’s age one must learn new things continuously even if it means learning from youngsters like I do from my five-year- old granddaughter Aaradhya. Even at this age she conceives amazing stories and always wants to imbibe new things.
You will be surprised to know that when I came into the film industry I didn’t know how to dance! Not even simple moves! But from my first film, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai I dived headlong into learning dance. I enjoyed it a lot and the people loved my moves on screen. In fact I also learnt how to keep myself fit through dance. Dance is one activity which if done regularly keeps us fit physically and mentally. Before joining films I was also low on self confidence and couldn’t express myself. But after becoming an actor I learnt to become confident!
There was a time when I used to get anxious over small things and could not manage jobs properly. If I completed one job, another would be left incomplete, and my mother would come to my rescue. But after having worked in the industry for so long I learnt how to balance different jobs effectively. I have learnt how to multi task and work at several things at one time. Today I can manage Bollywood, Hollywood, my television series and my production house simultaneously!
Before becoming an actress I never imagined that I could look beautiful because I was fat and was not really bothered about how I looked. In fact I never even thought I could look good! However, after joining films I learnt how to enhance my looks with make-up and stylists. Looking alluring is something I learnt over time. Today people call me a fashion icon and a diva whereas earlier I was known as ‘moti’ (fat). There is a major difference in the way I looked earlier and how I look now, which has made me very confident as well.
Besides managing my career as an actress, what I learnt during my film career was how to handle critics. There was a time when I would get anxious by critics and their comments. I managed to make a name a name for myself in the industry but I was mostly in the news for my personal life. Gossip items used to trouble me a lot and I would try to clear things to the media. After so many years in the industry I have learnt how to handle critics and criticism, not to over react to gossip items and retort in a proper way. I have also learnt that finally it’s your work that counts. If your work is good then the audience and the critics will overlook many things, so instead of paying attention to critics I focused on my work!
By: Arti Saxena