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On her own terms

With a no-nonsense attitude, Sangita is one of the popular stars off screen


SANGITA IS warm, alluring and accessible on the sets. Her bubbling vivacity and spunk makes her one of the most likable actresses around.

She says she doesn't dream big or work with a mad passion, and hasn't set herself any standards or rules to survive in the industry. She has done quite a few films but Khadgam in which she plays a role of an aspiring woman succumbing to the casting couch raised her to lofty heights. She shares her insights into her professional and personal life.

A director's actress

"I'm not a super woman, I take up any good work. I'm basically a director's actress. I can't churn out something beautiful all by myself, neither am I creative. I can just execute it. Probably that's the reason I have a very bad career graph.

On her entry into films

Initially I was very unhappy being an actress and I never wanted to act. I thought my first film would also be my last. I never had the dedication needed for an actress and never felt scared when I faced the camera for the first time, never wanted any appreciation.

Fortunately or unfortunately after that, I signed many films I basically belong to a film family. I was a classical dancer and gave performances, which brought in good reviews.

After that I was lost and was waiting for new things to happen. I was not interested in films then. Basically I'm not an ambitious person... but very content.

If not a great heroine, I knew, I can be a great wife. Acting in films for me is just a profession.

So many people have asked me about the casting couch in the industry. If I had gone through that I wouldn't be doing these films at all. Trust me, casting couch exists in this industry. I can't comment on other women. But I can say, to achieve success, people are ready to go to any extent.

About `Khadgam'

Khadgam will always remain close to my heart. When Krishnavamsi asked me to do this film, I just said I'll do any film as far as there is no exposing required.

I can't strip just to be a part of a great movie. It was very cute and a real character. I never expected that my role would stand out amid other stars in the film. But the director got the best out of me and did justice to my role.

Lessons from the industry

Coming from an illustrious family, I was very arrogant. I learnt here to give respect to everyone irrespective of their status .

I'm a much better person today. One can learn a lot from the seniors in the industry too. I have come to such a stage that nothing bothers me or pushes me to the end of emotions. I dont stop having fun because I'm an actress.

I personally feel before I get kicked out from the industry I should take my voluntary retirement.

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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