This might be taken as another nepotism, but Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s niece had her own share of the story. She says she will not be using her family name to get hold of film roles and would rather sharpen her skills to remain in the business of entertainment. The actress will embark her journey in Bollywood with Malaal, releasing on July 5, opposite Meezaan Jafferi.
Sharmin is already bombarded with questions on nepotism, during the film's promotions. Asked if coming from a film family has been an advantage for her, Sharmin told IANS: "I will not rely on my family name to get work, but only on talent and hard work. As far as I have observed, only talent and the liking of the audience can make me survive in Bollywood.”
"From the beginning of my journey, I have been told not to rely on the relationship with Sanjay sir even to gain popularity, or to get photographed. I know that the comment on nepotism will come my way, but did I choose my family? We don't, right? Therefore, I do not want to be judged on that. I would rather want people to praise and criticize me because of who I am on-screen. Having said that, of course I will work hard to justify every opportunity that comes my way," said Sharmin.
Therefore, it can be figured out that Sharmin grew up in a household where films are discussed daily, but she says she did not understand the power of her uncle's work until later.
"I remember everyone was emotional after the screening of Devdas, people praised the film Black, and they were crying while watching the film. I was like, 'What happened to them?' I was around five years old then and had zero understanding of such intense cinema. But from the time I started developing an interest, my Sanjay uncle became Sanjay sir," said Sharmin, who has also worked as an assistant for films like Mary Kom and Bajirao Mastani with the filmmaker before taking up the decision to become an actress.
When asked that in the time of inclusivity of people of all colors, sizes and shapes in the beauty and entertainment business, was it crucial for her to slim down to take up acting?
"No, I lost weight because I was unfit physically and was certainly not comfortable with my extra kilos. I strongly believe in feeling comfortable and embracing myself first, so that I can wear my confidence. If I make myself look and feel positive, the world will accept me with my unique quality. Happiness matters to me," said Sharmin.
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