Anupria Goenka is one of the renowned Bollywood actress. She first shot to fame in 2013 as the face of UPA government's Bharat Nirman ad. She started her career in Bollywood from Bobby Jasoos (2014). After that she never looked back. She has also worked in movies like- Dishoom, Tiger Zinda Hai, Padmaavat and War etc. In an exclusive interview with Yogesh Mishra, she spoke about how she got an entry in Bollywood, turning points in her professional life, working experience with co-actor Pankaj Tripathi, future plans and more…
Can you define yourself in one word?
What are the 3 things you like most in yourself?
I am sensitive, a fighter and still have a very innocent approach towards people in my life.
What is ‘acting’ according to you?
Acting, according to me, is therapeutic. It’s a craft through which one can explore and express themselves quite beautifully.
What do you do when feeling low?
When I’m feeling low, I either watch something on the OTT platforms maybe like a good film or I listen to some music or go to sleep.
What attracts you more? money, beauty or intelligence?
How easy or tough was it to get a ticket to Bollywood?
As a freelancer, the struggles in one’s professional career are very different. Acting is even tougher because of the kind of competition that exists today and there are so many permutations and combinations that are in play before you get signed for any project. It’s one place where you have to be extremely resilient, very much love in with your profession and craft, always ready to put yourself out there and not take rejection personally. You also have to be really one with yourself when it comes to striving in this kind of a career. I believe that this is one of the best times to be an actor in Bollywood and entertainment industry. Because of the onset of web, content has become extremely important and talent is being appreciated more than ever. There are so many ways to put your talent out there for people to see and enjoy your craft. It had not been easy for me. It was quite a journey! At every stage in one’s career, the challenges are different. But as long as you are resilient, believe in your craft and are ready to grow personally and professionally, your hard work will be appreciated and so will your talent.
You have worked with many hit movies. Which is your favourite movie amongst them?
It’s a very difficult question. All the projects that I’ve worked in are very close to my heart. The three hit films that come to my mind are Tiger Zinda Hai, Padmaavat and War. All three of them have been extremely important to me in terms of what they have given me as an actor, the experiences I have had, the kind of people I got to work with. All the remaining ones are equally important and special to me for various reasons.
How was your working experience with actor Pankaj Tripathi in ‘Criminal Justice-Behind Closed Doors’ web series?
I have learnt so much from Pankaj sir, both as an actor and as a person. His presence is extremely calming and peaceful. He always makes me smile. I have had some beautiful conversations with him while working with him. I enjoy jamming with him during our scenes together. I have built one of the most special on-screen partnerships ever since I have started to act. It has been a beautiful journey and I hope that I keep working with him in the years to come.
What was your turning point in your professional life?
The turning points in my professional life were Tiger Zinda Hai and Padmaavat which released back-to-back. These films got me a lot of eyeballs and they added a lot of credibility to my name as an actor. Thereafter, many web series happened and I did War after that. Thankfully, all of these web series have been flagship shows for their respective channels and all of these films have been blockbusters. My roles in all three of these films were widely appreciated. As an actor, everything that you do is a step towards where it leads you. The various ads that I did before I did Tiger Zinda Hai equally play a very important role. These ads ran my kitchen for four-and-a-half years. All the people that I have worked with, all the auditions that I gave which necessarily didn’t land me a job but gave me experience and the people who have appreciated my work along the way and said one kind word about me and my craft have all been responsible and have immensely helped me in being where I’m today. It’s an overall journey and what makes all the difference is how you work on yourself as an actor. Every step on the way counts.
Due to corona pandemic everything was stuck. How did you utilize this lockdown period?
Lockdown was a very special time. It was equally tumultuous and relaxing at the same time. I spent it by watching a lot of stuff on the OTT platforms, reading, listening to music and writing journals. I started to paint again. A lot of self-reflection took place and I realised what’s truly important for me, how I want to see myself in the next couple of years, what are the things that make me happy, who are the people who are important in my life, what are the things that make me who I am and what are the changes I want to bring about in my life. I hope I can carry these learnings forward and make my upcoming years fruitful and more experiential.
In case, if you have to change your industry, then what would be that?
I don’t think I want to leave acting at all for a long, long time to come. In fact, I want to grow more here as an artiste. If I have to leave my industry at all, I would like to start a small-scale business in the countryside or in the mountains, may be a small cafeteria or a production unit making something which involves the local artisans around. I want to help people earn a livelihood in and around that area and use their talent.
What are your upcoming projects?
I am about to start Aashram 2 and a series with Eros. Then there is Asur 2 and a movie titled Mere Desh Ki Dharti with Divvyendu Sharma which I finished last year. It should release sometime this year. Then there is another film I am in talks with.
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