Sanika Gadgil being a sweet and generous person shares her real life experiences, her thoughts, her goals and what type of person she is with us.Believe us or not she’s one of the most interesting people we interviewed. Just like an open book she wants to live it all and experience it to fullest! She also believes ‘Work is worship’ and whatever the task is allotted to her she believes in giving her 100% no matter what!
May it be her famous character Nisha from serial Molkarinbai or Meghana from Maza Hoshil Na she has truly done justice to the curated characters which looks like written perfectly for her. She is such a treat to watch when it comes to portraying a character that should be as natural as designed.
We and some of her fans were excited to know about her journey and her life and we could barely find a source to do so. So team Paradox reached Sanika Gadgil and asked some questions that all of us wanted to know.
1. ACTING HAS BEEN FOREVER YOUR PASSION YA WAQT NE KIYA KOI HASEEN SITAM?
Sanika Gadgil: I can’t say acting was my passion, but the craft always fascinated me and I thought that this is something I want to be good at. I was always keen to discover myself as an actor and evolve in it. Yeah, waise to waqt ne hi kiya haseen sitam because over the journey I discovered small and big edges of acting and fell in love with it.
2. We have been following your dance videos and the steps you were grooving at were just so graceful ! So your dance skills helped you in
Sanika Gadgil: : Well I have learned kathak ( I am a kathak Visharad), I took admission in Dahanukar college(junior college) St.Andrews College(degree college) for the cultural background it has, so that I can participate in various events and BMM festivals that take place in the college(olio named english drama competition)but unfortunately in my second year olio stopped taking place and the reason for which I joined the college wasn’t fulfilled. But luckily I got selected for a play named ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ which had kathak dancers from all over India, this experience enriched me emotionally, physically and professionally as well as evolved my skills. I found it as one of the turning point that shaped me as a human being.
3. If given a chance to play a bollywood character,which character it would be and why?
Sanika Gadgil: Well there are many iconic characters that bollywood gave us, its hard to choose just one, but Illena Dcruz’s character from Barfi is really a role that I would love to explore and Ranbir Kapoors character Ved from Tamasha is such a challenging yet effortless role, it would really be a challenge and something I want to try out!
4. What are your personal favourites from the Marathi industry?
Sanika Gadgil: This is a hard one! Marathi industry gave us gem of actors and choosing between them is really tough, like it largely depends upon the characters that they have portrayed. Like I have always been a fan of Subhodh Bhave sir, his versatility and the amount of hardwork he puts in whether it is on TV or in cinemas it’s just beyond appreciation and Shubhangi Gokhale mam too. Also not to forget Sukanya Mone mam,she is also among the actors I always look upto!
5.How’s been your experience working on sets of Maza Hoshil Na?
Sanika Gadgil: Its been amazing, like you get to work among different,experienced and best actors of the industry. The senior actors teach me lot about improvisation.The director has also played a major role in building up the character Meghana. Gautami and Virajas have been amazing so far, we discuss over our careersand more importantly there is mutual respect among us. It is not a long running character but surely it a long lasting character that I will take with me for long span of time.
6.Do you find theatre more challenging as compared to TV?
Sanika Gadgil: Actually I think both the platforms have its own challenges and different experiences. There are perks of theatre that there is no room for mistakes but it doesn’t allow retakes so its one time, give your best shot. Its like you are done once then you are done. As of television its like you have to maintain the constant emotions and expressions till the best shot comes out. In my personal opinion as an actor I want to explore every platform whether that be OTT or theatre, everything has its own beauty to be explored by an artist.
7. What experience you will like to share with our readers?
Sanika Gadgil tell us “When I was 18 I used to play a small role in a play, I only had one work that was to go on stage show my face pick up something and come back. So at a point I was irritated ki yaar yeh kya hai, iski koi roz rehearsal karta hai kya,why am I travelling everyday to do this? But I kept on doing it and one day there was a small activity where we were told to show a scenario without speaking a word and I was thinking and thinking what to do. So I acted like I am in a local train and sab dhakka bukki chal rahi hai and I suddenly sneeze! (There wasn’t corona then! Otherwise this scenario had been different now!(laughs) and then a lady is seeing me like I have done a crime, so I turn awkward! But then I had a realisation that mucous of my nose is fallen on her hand! And then I awkwardly wipe it up. The fun fact was that I have never experienced such kind of situation but I was able to portray the situation all out of imagination and make my audiences laugh. All started laughing and then I practically realised ,acting is has its roots in reality and wings in imagination. You can be a good actor if you observe well. And everything happens for a reason, that small role can teach something really really useful.”
8. What is something valuable you learned in this whole journey?
Sanika Gadgil: I learned to be grateful for everything and owe my success to those who were by my side in the journey. I can’t be enough thankful to my parents, my family, my teachers who have always shown confidence in me and their best wishes and blessings have made a huge contribution in my growth and I will always remember this and keep myself grounded. Last but not the least my friends and co-actors have been very supportive in the process.
9. What is one important thing in your bucket list that you like to share?
Sanika Gadgil: In my college days I used to teach kathak in an orphanage. I will soon begin to teach dance to the underprivileged children,help them out in their studies. I will definately dedicate sometime in sharing my knowledge with them.
10. Message to your fans and readers?
This was a small message from Sanika Gadgil to her fans. We are sure you loved reading it.
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Shridhar Mankar: A saviour who takes just 5 minutes!
Shridhar Mankar who fairly is regarded as the saviour by many Computer Science students and related branch students, it does justice to his work! From making their academics easier with 5 minute videos to helping quick revise some topics this 5 minute engineer is a boon to the online community of students who prefer learning complex concepts through youtube. And with this interview you will know why he enjoys so much following and love from his students and subscribers!
- How has your Engineering background influenced the content you published?
I finished my engineering degree with a background in computer science, and now that I’m talking about my channel, 5 Minutes Engineering, I aim to provide answers to questions concerning CS. Since it took me 4 years to complete my CS engineering, I strive to provide solutions in my channel in a matter of five minutes. Both are connected because I am applying what I have learned over the course of my four-year journey and providing topic-related solutions within five minutes in the most easy manner. Additionally, I picked up time management skills while studying engineering, and I try my best to represent that in all of my videos. so that it takes less time for those watching, who also get the solution, and can also enjoy learning from it.
- What difficulties did you overcome to transition from Engineering to Content Creation?
I absolutely will not deny that it wasn’t difficult for me. Since it was something I had never done before, it was challenging. I had a difficult time changing from being an engineer to a content creator. I was the first person in my family to enter this industry, therefore I knew less about it and there was no instructor or someone to guide. Additionally, there are many challenging phases that people go through when you begin something new. However, I wanted to start a new and fresh concept for the people that could help in their growth as professionals. In the beginning, it was challenging to record using my camera because at that time, not everyone could afford one. I used to record it using my mobile instead, but it was challenging to look at the camera constantly, so I used to keep my toy nearby while recording and used to teach it so that I could record my topics’ related solutions. Students used to visit my channel throughout examination season, and that gave me the inspiration to keep going. It’s my turn to help the students in the finest and simplest manner possible. It was definitely challenging, but I’m glad to see that it benefits so many people broadly. I started this during my third year of college engineering, and I plan to grow my channel enormously.
- Could you briefly describe your college life?
Speaking of my college experience, I actually started crying during the first lecture on my first day of college. I cried because I was unable to respond to my professor’s basic conceptual questions on computer science. I wasn’t even sure I understood the questions he was asking at the time. due to the fact that I completed my 12th grade education through PCMB and had no prior experience of computer science. Above that, I noticed that my classmates were answering questions with thorough justifications and even engaging in debate with the professor. I got scared when I saw the scene in my class, but I didn’t give up; I kept working on myself and began making changes. Because of my persistence, I have reached this point in my life where I am doing interviews and people are watching my videos and learning from them. I went from being a student who struggled to understand basic computer science engineering topics to now making videos on YouTube and assisting many students in passing from it. All of this is a result of my perseverance and mentality of never giving up on myself. I was completely focused on my studies during my time in college, so I didn’t participate in any cultural activities and, when I did, it was only to enjoy as an audience. I ranked among the top students in my department. I first started interacting with people when I went for my masters.
- Which of your YouTube-related experiences have you found to be the most rewarding, and how have those experiences benefited your life and career?
YouTube has given me a lot of things. First of all, it has given my life direction in ways I could never have imagined. In addition, while working on it, I have learnt a lot from YouTube. I’ve discovered through YouTube that I can be a teacher who can simplify complex concepts. I used to teach the subjects during exam time, so learners would write and do well on their exams. Therefore, I then considered turning everything I had learned into an audio-visual format that would be helpful to many students taking exams. There is no alternative for YouTube, in my opinion, and it is the finest platform for those looking to start for a larger audience. It is the most priceless compliment a student can give to a teacher, and YouTube has made it possible for me every time I post a video and get to see those three magical words, “thank you sir.” When you receive feedback from others, it greatly motivates you to work more. For this reason, I am truly thankful to God for the learner’s feedback that I am currently receiving. YouTube has been extremely beneficial to me.
- What are your YouTube channel’s future goals, and how do you see its content evolving over the coming years?
We need to keep up with the times in this fast-paced world. As you can see from my youtube videos, I attempt to teach topics simply but in a more practical approach because students are more engaged in practical ways than in other ways. This also applies to the teaching profession. We must remain current in teaching as well, first in terms of knowledge, then in terms of upcoming new technology, and finally in terms of curriculum. As I previously stated, if you compare my current videos to those from the past, you will see a difference in the amount of practical advice I tend to give with conceptual solutions. I constantly work to integrate new technology and curriculum updates as the students become more involved. I’m working on it and will continue to work on it because the process is ongoing.
- What made you want to pursue a career in engineering, and how did you begin?
I’ve never considered becoming an engineer, and when I was younger, I didn’t even know what engineering was, so I didn’t consider it. However, I achieved grades above 90% in both maths and biology during my 12th grade year. People assume that if you are good at biology you will enter the medical field, and if you are good at maths you will enter the engineering field because maths is the dominant subject there. After giving it some thought, I decided on engineering because I had read that while medical required a large budget, engineering could also be accomplished on a smaller budget. This was my only goal, therefore I chose engineering with the idea that I would find employment after finishing my studies. But after enrolling in engineering, I discovered that we must specialise in a specific area. There were many alternative areas, but I decided on computer science because everyone around me told me it had a wide range of opportunities. As I previously stated, when I chose computer science as my area of speciality, I knew nothing about it. However, because of my persistence, I am now the person teaching on this subject.
- What led to the start of 5 min Engineering ?
5 minutes engineering has a pretty interesting backstory, When I was in my third year of college and it was examination time. I used to study everything at home before coming, and I never saved anything for the last minute. In order to ask me to clarify a few issues to them before the tests began, my classmates would gather around me at that time. I used to explain things to them so they could score marks. This was routine, but one day my peers informed me that although you were explaining concepts to them, there must be more people outside of this college campuses who needed assistance. They suggested ideas for videos because I had real proof—my classmates—that the topics I was discussing would help them do well on their exams. I can even make videos about the topics and assist people after that. I started making videos and posting them on YouTube because, as I’ve already stated, it’s the finest platform for reaching a wider audience. I didn’t receive much feedback at first, but as soon as the examinations started, my videos received a lot of views. At that time, I had only posted 25 videos, but I still received a lot of views during exam time. I was inspired to work harder after that. People began to give me positive feedback and create memes. The journey that I began when I was in my third year of college is still going strong and will be working on it much more effectively.
- How do you bring your expertise to your videos?
I create information in a way that requires that it be knowledgeable, simple to grasp, and short to create. I make an effort to create videos that students won’t view under stress but instead learn from in a more efficient and entertaining manner. The planning, updating, searching for examples, and creation of visualisations that take place behind the scenes are what give the camera its simplicity and flexibility. My whole focus is on making sure that the students understand the material on a deep level, especially so they will never forget it and so they can achieve good grades. Since the name of my channel is “5 Minutes Engineering,” it is maintained in a way that considers people’s mindsets. They would assume that it would be simple and quick because it only takes five minutes. It then says engineering, indicating that I will solely cover engineering-related topics in my five-minute presentation. However, because some topics are too broad and can be challenging to cover in five minutes, we still provide the best answer we can.
- Who is your favourite youtuber ?
I typically watch the videos of one particular YouTuber, whose channel is called Craylyf Rohit. He is Rohit Sharma in real life, and he is one of the persons whose videos I enjoy watching. I spoke with him and found him to be such a wonderful person. He tries to portray a cheerful existence through his vlogs, plays practical jokes, and engages viewers in his work. And this kind of content is something that people nowadays actually need. I like viewing his video, and he is like a genuinely nice person.
Rajesh Yadav drops some major inspiration for us!
If you watch reels all day we are sure you have once in your scrolling journey came across Rajesh Yadav and if you binge-watch OTT content every day and Campus Diaries is your favourite show then you must be friendly with Sandy! Paradox gets candid and stocks up the inspo from none other than Rajesh Yadav!
1) When did you begin creating material professionally? Was there ever a spontaneous notion or incident that altered your perception of content creation as a profession?
Rajesh Yadav: In December 2015 I started making content, and by God’s grace, my first video drew a big audience. My second video later went viral, making the characters well-known. As my first video went viral, I was motivated to work even harder on my content creation and no longer had to worry about making this my career.
2) Were there any other role models you admired before beginning your journey?
Who motivated you to keep going?
Rajesh Yadav: I liked watching TVF and AIB’s funny and caustic videos before I started working in this field. After seeing their work, I became a fan and started making videos.
3) When did your life change for the better?
Rajesh Yadav: Creating my first video marked a turning moment in my life because I had never before considered a career in the arts or as a content developer. Although I didn’t have much experience in this sector while I was in college. I joined a theatre organization because I had some free time, and I worked there on the weekends.
4) How did you find acting as Sandy in the Campus diaries?
Rajesh Yadav: Sandy from Campus Diaries was my first role in a web series. Due to his many varied characteristics, including the fact that he begins as a friend and ends up as a villain, Sandy is an extremely distinctive character. I had never portrayed a somewhat pessimistic role before. For the first time, I had the opportunity to participate in something brand-new; perhaps the second season will have even more surprises.
5) Whoever would you like to work with if you had the chance to work with any artist in the world, and why?
Rajesh Yadav: Shahrukh Khan is the person I would choose to collaborate with if given the chance. Shahrukh Khan is someone we have all admired and been inspired by since we were young kids, no matter where he is today. I’ve wanted to meet Shahrukh Khan since I was a young child, and if I ever had the chance to work with anyone I wish, Shahrukh Khan would be my first choice.
6) What difficulties did you face at the beginning of your journey?
Rajesh Yadav: The major obstacle I had to overcome at the beginning of my adventure was learning how to produce original and creative videos for the audience. My goal was to come up with concepts that I might potentially employ in novel ways over the long term rather than to produce something that couldn’t be used in the future. Thankfully, I had only encountered these challenges in my first video.
7) Your thoughts? Is that your greatest success to date?
Rajesh Yadav: Any success I may have feels enormous to me as a regular person who enjoys watching superstars and I always had fantasies about meeting them. Nevertheless, now that I’ve recently collaborated with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, communicating and working with them. It is an accomplishment. After following him in college and attempting to meet him, it’s an enormous accomplishment for me to be able to communicate and work with superstars.
8) What is your greatest professional goal?
Rajesh Yadav: We are all aware that every one of us has different goals. My current objective is to play the main character in a movie or web series so that I may discover my talent and exhibit it to others. This is my current objective, and after I reach it, I’ll think about pursuing some more challenging objectives.
9) How have you found performing and writing for MensXP? It is a truly new platform that requires robust connectivity in order to function.
Rajesh Yadav : Four years of working with MensXP has been a wonderful experience. You can work there with complete creative freedom whether you’re writing or acting. It’s critical that you are given the freedom to complete your task on your schedule without interruption. As a result of the drastically different environment you find yourself in, the genre is quite varied and contains humor.
10) What is the final message you would like to convey to your supporters and well-wishers?
Rajesh Yadav: I can only advise my well-wishers to take care of themselves. In this society when everyone is scrambling for something, we all neglect to take care of our physical and mental health. Sometimes we continue to put our physical health first while ignoring our mental health. I, therefore, urge every one of my well-wishers to take care of both themselves and others around them.
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