Amidst fair and feminine aspirants, Shilpi Sharma’s avant-garde looks grabbed the eyeballs of casting directors when she began giving auditions for TV commercials. Like most girls, she too debuted in a role with pretty dresses and long flowing locks. Sashidhar Adivi chats up with the sassy actress who speaks on how working in South films helped her grow
Shilpi Sharma, who has been part of projects in Telugu and Kannada industries, is all set to debut in Mollywood. The Delhi-based model will be seen in Asif Ali’s ‘Thrissivaperoor Kliptham’, directed by Ratheish Kumar. “It’s been my dream to act in Malayalam films, since it is an industry y known for scripts and technicians,” she describes.
The actress played a ‘superstar’ in the film and she says she thoroughly enjoyed it. “When I was narrated the script my initial reaction was ‘awestruck’. I always wanted to play an actress onscreen and that too, it’s a positive character. I was excited because it is a special role because I am going to be a superstar. The director wanted the body language of a superstar – a confident girl who can carry that role gracefully with attitude, expressions and body language. He found that in me and just old me to be the way I am. So I behaved rather acted,” she recalls.
Shilpi continues, “It is a glamorous yet performance oriented role, just like how the contemporary actresses are on onscreen. I play a superstar actress and she’s the dream girl of the hero. There are a few amazing scenes in the film that I can treasure for a long time. Especially scenes where I interact with the public , fans going crazy for me, youngsters hooting to get a glimpse of me, etc. I always wanted to do such scenes and it was truly an awesome experience. Initially I did have a problem with the language (Malayalam), especially during the songs. It was tough to get the lip sync right for the lyrics, which were long. Malayalam is a tongue twister. I took my time to come to terms.
Ask her what did she enjoy the most in her role? “An actress playing an actress is all about grace and not just skin show. It is more about how you carry yourself and how the audiences look at you. All this was there in my mind while shooting, so to what extent I can convince them was the challenge. You can be yourself playing an ordinary girl but playing a superstar actress (though I am an actress), I need to have that aura about myself to carry the role. It was challenging and at the same time exciting too. My role is that of a charmer and she’s all about the grace,” the fashion technology graduate puts in.
The ‘Aakramana’ actress states that her tryst with South films changed her a lot. She elucidates, “I never thought I would work in any other language apart from Hindi. Later I got the chance to work in all the languages in South, and that’s a difficult proposition. But people have been good, the experience has been amazing. It changed me as a person and as an actress too. It gave me confidence to work in other cultures and industries. I shed my inhibitions about the different south languages. It was a learning experience. I also learnt the working style of different industries and different working patterns. For instance, I realized Malayalam industry doesn’t focus on makeup, hair and styling, they only look at performance. But in Tamil and Telugu, the focus is more on glamour.”
Away from showbiz, the svelte actress gives us a sneak peek into her personal life. “I am die-hard romantic and was in a serious relationship sometime back. Later, I broke up, but we are still friends with each other. I am single now and want to focus on my career,” she confides.
The actress reveals she emerged stronger after the break-up. “I became stronger, ambitious and more serious about my profession. I started to be conscious with my body, my looks, etc. Initially, I was low because dealing with heart breaks isn’t easy. I went on a holiday, spent some time alone for myself, read inspirational books and started focusing on myself and career. I have the zeal to excel and it kept me pushing all the time,” Shilpi reveals.
Does she still believe in love? “Yes, love is pure. But most of the relationships don’t work because of wrong people or wrong time. Today’s relationships mostly end because of egotistical attitudes. In a relationship two people are equal. If you expect honesty in your partner, you have to be honest too. I realised not to expect anything from the partner,” she smiles.