Tête-à-Tête With Sherine Singh, A Star In The Making

by | October 2, 2020, 14:03 IST

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Sherine Singh

Image: Dabboo Ratnani | Provided by Sherine Singh


A one-time interaction with Sherine Singh is enough to let you know that she’s someone who is extremely focused, loves her work and 100 per cent means business! Turning her modelling career into an acting profession, Sherine has only begun her rise to success; however, she is no stranger to fame. Having worked with industry stalwarts like Dabboo Ratnani and having been a part of shows like IIFA 2019, Sherine is on a straight path to stardom! We sit down with the actor to get an idea of what drives her, her upcoming projects and what her downtime looks like.

Q. Have you always wanted to act? Tell us about your first Bollywood memory, and the films you loved as a child.
Yes, I always wanted to be an actor since childhood. As a kid, it seems like a dream! For me, Bollywood was all about entertainment. The first Bollywood film that I watched as a teenage was Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) and how can anyone forget Raj (Shahrukh Khan). I lost count of the number of times I must have watched that film. I guess every teenager learned what romance is from Raj.

Q. Tell us about the ways in which life has changed for you as you go from being a model to an actor.
It has changed a lot. I think modelling is sort of the first step to acting. Most of the actors who come to Mumbai initially start with basic modelling like photoshoots, print projects and walking the ramps. It’s a good source of income, and it also gives you visibility and experience of facing the camera. In comparison, acting is a process that takes time. I took up modelling for visibility and experience, whereas acting has made me more sincere and focused.


Sherine Singh
Image: Provided by Sherine Singh
 
Q. We know that you’ve been busy with workshops and a strict fitness routine to prepare for your upcoming role. Tell us a little about that process?
As they say, practice makes you perfect, and an excellent way to keep practising is to do workshops. Workshops polish the actor in you. You play different characters and keep improving. The same goes for fitness. An actor needs to be fit both from body and mind. For me, fitness is a lifestyle a routine that one has to follow daily. So fitness and practice go hand in hand to grow the actor in you and build the focus required.

Q. What are some of the upcoming projects you are a part of?
I will be featuring in a video this year with a well-know production house, along with a couple more projects… let the rest be a surprise (laughs).

Sherine Singh

Image: Dabboo Ratnani | Provided by Sherine Singh

Q. Tell us about your experience while working with Dabboo Ratnani.

It was amazing. I got to learn a lot from Dabboo sir. He’s an inspiration to all photographers, and every actor dreams to get shot by him. I have a dream of seeing myself in his calendar. I haven’t met any photographer who’s as sincere and as dedicated.

Q. Nepotism is a conversation that's been happening in Bollywood for some time now. As an outsider, tell us about your experiences in the industry. How easy/difficult was it for you, and what advice would you give to other newcomers?
I’m not really in the league to comment on this, but I have had no bad experiences as of now. And I have always believed in being honest in your work. If you’re good with your work, nothing can stop you. If I’m producing a film and need an actor I’ll look for a good actor who fits my bill, be it an insider or an outsider. I say this to all newcomers: just be focused on what you’re here for. This negativity will always let you down, no matter how good you are. So just give your best and forget about the rest!

Sherine Singh

Image: Provided by Sherine Singh


Q. Tell us about your experience about being a part of IFFA 2019. What are some of the things you learned from that?

I’ve always been an admirer of award functions since a teenager and had made a promise to myself that I would go to an award function only if I’m a part of it. IFFA gave me visibility and exposure to a larger audience. What I experienced on that stage was that the audience is always there to watch your work. (Such an experience) always makes you dream big and to go for it to get that award one day.

Q. What does your downtime look like? When you are not shooting, where would we find you?

If I’m not acting, you’ll find me playing with my pet (that’s another pleasure one gets addicted to). Or if I have a longer break, I’m off for a short trip as I love travelling. I travel almost thrice a year or even more.

Q. The journey to stardom is tough. What’s the one thing that keeps you motivated and focused?
As I said earlier, acting is a process. It takes time for you to get where you want to. Like all other professions, one has to be patient to give enough time to reach there. Occupy yourself with activities related to acting, like workshop or writing or plays or dance or anything that you’re interested in. Just stay away from negative people. If your mind is negative, you can never be motivated. Believe me; there’s very less competition in this industry; there’s just a crowd. You can be a star only if you’re a good performer. And I believe if I’m good with my work, I’ll be noticed soon cause I’ll stand out from the crowd.

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