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Shirin Sewani: A daily dose of relatable humour !

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Shirin Sewani was born in 1993 in Delhi, India. She is an Actress, an Influencer, and a Youtuber. She did her schooling and graduation from Delhi itself. After completing her graduation she went to Mumbai to upskill her acting. Shirin started her career as a model and an actress in 2013. She got her first break in the famous television show ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’, where Shirin played the role of Jasmeet. Being a part of many other daily soap shows such as ‘Nagin’ and ‘Kavach’ she won many hearts. Shirin evolved through characters in significant movies like ‘Khandani Shafakhana’ and ‘Mannat’ also she bagged the chance to work on a short film named ‘Rabiya’.

The Paradox team came up with an interesting interview with her where she shared her overall experience of being a part of the Indian Entertainment Industry. Let’s have a look at what Shirin has to say.

Was being an actress your childhood dream?

Shirin: Yes, I started acting when I was in 5th standard. So, I observed an inclination towards acting since my schooling days and even in college. I got admission to Kirori Mal College through the ECA quota in acting. I was passionate about acting since childhood and that’s why kept acting in theatres in Delhi. Being a single child I was always skeptical of changing the city and I wasn’t aware of the Entertainment Industry. One random day, I decided to visit Mumbai and have a look at the scenario there.

I went to Mumbai just for 2 months with the mindset of just taking a glimpse of Bollywood. But I believe I was lucky enough that during those two months I got my first break and from then it kept going further. I never planned to visit Mumbai and take up acting as a full-fledged career. I guess the universe planned this for me, and it has been great.

How did you get your first break?

Shirin Sewani: I was in Mumbai, giving auditions every day. I used to motivate myself by saying, ‘Why are you here? You left your parents, your house, your friends… just for the purpose to be successful in acting’. But the atmosphere was completely different here. Till yesterday I was at my home, in my comfort zone, getting up with coffee and getting pampered, and today, I’m here alone, struggling for my future, facing rejections and whatnot. I also felt demotivated a lot.

One day I got a call from one team asking me to visit their office. I went there with the thought that they have just called to meet, no need to get happy, nothing much would happen. But when I reached there, they were ready with the contract offering me to play the role of Jasmeet for ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’, and this is how I got my first break. I was very excited about this role.

How was your experience with ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’? Do you use watch yourself on the television?

Shirin Sewani: Yes, I used to watch the show, when it was a regular broadcast on TV. It’s very humanistic to do it, as it’s your debut, you are on the big screen for the first time and you are part of such a big show. All these factors were the reason for being excited. I was excited as well as my family and friends were equally excited about the show. I kept on checking on myself by watching the show, whether I was good at acting, how was the overall performance, did I paid justice to the character I was playing, where I was not that good, areas where I can improve myself, were the emotions correct.

So, I always watch my shows and every time I go through a particular scene then I think that I would have done better here. And I like doing this activity as it makes me more prepared for my next role. The learning never stops. No one is perfect and that is the reason why you need to keep on learning and improve yourself.

Out of all the characters you have played, which one is your favorite?

Shirin Sewani: I never compare the characters, every character is different from one another. Every character has its own story, own script, and own journey and I think that is the beauty of being an actor. Jasmeet will always be a special character for me as it was the first character I played. Also, Jasmeet was a character who became very popular and a favorite amongst all the mothers. I think that being a Delhi girl helped me to add a bit of Punjabi flavor to the character of Jasmeet. These factors make Jasmeet a very special character for me. If we talk about my personal opinion then I played the character of ‘Rapchik’ in the series called ‘Only For Singles’ which was released on MX Player.

This was a character that is very close to my heart as I was able to relate to it up to a great extent. The nature, the vibe, and the inner core of the character were quite relatable to me. I was very happy playing this role as I was able to act in something different from the roles I used to play in the previous shows. I enjoyed a lot playing that character.

Are you a travelholic as your character ‘EVA’ from the show ‘Backpackers’?

Shirin Sewani: Yes, I am a travelholic. I love to travel and explore new places. I haven’t traveled much yet because I was pretty occupied with my work. But I will travel as I get time. I am the kind of person who is always up for the plans of trips and travels. Eva was a character that had a sense of commitment and had no plans of settling down, but I guess I am a bit different from her at that point as I decided of settling down much earlier.

How will you differentiate the experience of working in serials from the experience of working in movies?

Shirin: This is the most common question I had come across, as I have worked in T.V, movies, and web series. And I have always said that it doesn’t matter. Being an actor I haven’t ever thought that I will act in the movies and serials differently. I read the script, try to understand the character, and see what the director is looking for in the character. It is about how you want the story to be narrated and how you want the character to be portrayed.

For example,

there will be no difference in the character of Jasmeet. She is a Punjabi girl who is a little crazy and weird, a little loud and she will be the same even if she was in the movie rather than in the serial. This is because the character and the director wanted it to be like that. Only the platform will be different, you are working for a T.V show where you need to work for 12 hours and perform on the spot, but I think this makes you more skilled. And to provide the audience with quality roles is the job of the actor, even under high-pressure situations. 

What was your parent’s reaction when you decided to give your passion for acting a shot and visit Mumbai for 2 months?

Shirin Sewani: I have heard many people complaining that their parents are not supportive of them. But in my case, it was different. They were supportive more than I expected. In every possible way, they showed their support and told me that I can do whatever I want to. They had a good amount of trust in me and they believed that I know what I was doing.

The second thing is that they never put pressure on me for that, they were like, ‘if you want to go then give it a try, give your 100%. If you succeed then it’s best, but even if you don’t then no problem and at least you won’t have any regret.’ I would advise all the parents to let their kids try, even if they fall. If something is meant to happen then it will happen no matter how much you try to avoid it. Let them live on their own. Just give your 100% and don’t worry about the results.

Whom would you consider as your favorite co-actor?

Shirin Sewani: I would say, Aman Sharma, because he was my first co-actor. He was more experienced than me. I was very scared during the initial days because it was a new city, with new faces and it was a completely new industry for me. He helped me a lot during that time. We used to rehearse acting and dancing together. I remember we used to have dance practice for the show at 12, but we used to be there by 10 and rehearse. We used to convince our choreographers to teach us by the time everyone arrives and get ready. We were always ready for the practice and sometimes we even shout at each other when we make mistakes. But we did all these because we wanted to do our best and shine in the performance.

Any incident/memory from your previous projects which you will never forget?

Shirin Sewani: There is always some sort of memory from each project we do. You create a memory with every show you do, every project you do. I remember when I was performing for ‘Only For Singles’, there was a scene in which the character wanted to wrap up things and get back home, and was very tense. I got so indulged and drawn towards the scene that even after the cut I was crying and then the crew came for help and tried to collect myself.

And I think this is the beauty of acting that you try to relate with the character and the scene from your real-life incidents and experiences. There are tons of memories while shooting for ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ as well. I remember we were in Lucknow shooting for the show and my parents visited me there, spending quality time with my family after the shoot is also a memory. So these are all the memories and there are a lot more as well.

Who has been your inspiration, as you said you dreamt of being an actor since your childhood?

Shirin Sewani: To be honest, many people have been inspiring me. It started when I used to mimic my teachers in school when I was in 3rd or 4th standard. I use to mimic the people who inspired me. But if I have to take names from the industry then it would be Abhishek Banerjee. I have seen him since my college days, he struggled a lot. He gave many years to casting and did amazing films as a casting director. Then he did films like ‘Stree’. He was my senior in college and now watching him in such great projects inspires me.

If you wouldn’t have picked acting as your career then what other profession you would have chosen?

Shirin: I graduated with B.Ed. So the plan was of being a teacher if I won’t have been an actress. I completed my B. Ed, while I was doing ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’. I had 2 options, I would have been a chef instead as well. I love cooking and enjoy it like nothing else. If I get the chance then I would have done something in this field as well. I love hosting people as well whether it be for a party or an event. So if I wasn’t an actress then I would have many options to look up for.

How do you manage your personal and professional life? And what do you do in your, ‘Me Time?

Shirin Sewani: First of all it is all about learning to manage the time between both of them. I have never given anyone a chance to complain that you don’t give us enough time. Everything asks for efforts to make them sufficient. I always prioritize both things equally. It shouldn’t happen that you get into work so much that you fail to enjoy the time with your family and friends. You should work, of course, I also love to work but I manage to give time to my family as well. So, this balance is very necessary.

And, answer to the question that what I do in my free time is in my hobbies. I do cooking and try to make more delicious dishes. I love doing it and enjoy it in my free time. I also try to work out during that time as well. Also, I always do something related to my profession. I chill out with my friends, go to their place, and have fun. I choose what I want to do and then enjoy it accordingly.

You recently got married, so how did you meet your life partner? And how did you decide to get married to each other?

Shirin Sewani: I met him at my friend’s party. It was a very casual meeting, there was no drama or love at first sight sort of things. My friend introduced us and then we became friends. Then our parents met and got things ahead. I believe that he was someone who was supposed to come into my life. This is because all these things were so unplanned and came all of a sudden. And the journey has been great since then.

What are the advice and suggestions that you would give to the people who are entering the industry?

Shirin Sewani: I would say that be well prepared and then come into the industry. If you think that you can do it, there is nothing much, it would be easy, then it’s not correct. It is not that easy. Trust me the process is really difficult, the struggle is real, and you need to be sustainable. Give your 100% and remember that our industry works on luck as well, be prepared for that. Learn to face rejections, you will be giving many auditions and facing the rejections as well.

Be prepared for that. Be patient, it is not an easy industry to get in. you need to be patient and wait until the opportunity comes to you, you won’t get work from the first day itself. Don’t give up easily, be patient, and stay consistent. Work up on your skills. Acting is not all about looks, you need enough skills to give justice to the character. So, work on improving your skills.

What kind of roles do you want to play? Like the role which you want to play once in your career?

Shirin Sewani: Honestly speaking, I am happy with the kind of roles that came my way. All the roles which I have played are different from each other. But if you ask me what kind of roles I would like to play then my answer would be roles that are a little raw and not afraid of anyone. The role of Kangana in the movie ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, was very impressive. I like this kind of role which is a little more realistic. I am not very choosy about the roles, whichever you will give to me I will accept it and try to give my best for that character.

What are your future projects?

Shirin Sewani: There are a few projects which I will be announcing soon. And there are a few web series coming as well. But all things took a back seat due to the pandemic. I hope that all these problems get solved soon so that we can start shooting again. Hopefully, everything goes well and I will be back on the screen as soon as possible.

Did you ever plan how your wedding would be? Any childhood dreams for your wedding?

Shirin and her husband Udayan

Shirin Sewani: I wanted to keep my wedding very simple. I wanted to keep my wedding private and keep it between our families only. It was a mutual decision by both of us that we want to keep it simple and enjoy our moment rather than be with the crowd and the guests. I think the decision came out to be perfect, we enjoyed the whole ceremony and it was very beautiful.

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This was the interview with Shirin Sewani. She talked about her struggles, her journey, her most memorable moments, and much more.

The inspiring journey and the humble nature of the actress will leave a mark, on your heart. All the best to Shirin for all her future projects.

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Amit Diwan who made us think over and over again!

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Amit Diwan who is the founder of Youtube Channel AMIT THINKS and STUDYOPEDIA shared with us insane number of views and response he gets from his followers and We were shocked! We also were very curious to know how he grew it, what was his motivation and lots of other things related to his journey.

Now you are also curious to know everything about him, and his journey and we know that! Here is the Exclusive Interview with Amit Diwan!

1) Sir, my very first question from you will be to tell us about your journey till here, as you started your journey from a young age and reached a great height till here. Tell us something about it. When and how did you start your career ?

I did MCA in Delhi. In the final year, at the age of 22, I was more focused on getting freelancing work, than getting a job. Finally, I got my first freelancing gig, where I worked on a Python programming project.
After completing my MCA, I got placed at Accenture. The joining was postponed by three months. Meanwhile, while working on my freelancing projects and waiting to join Accenture, I landed a job at IIT, Delhi. I decided to quit accepting an offer from Accenture as a Software Engineer to focus on the job and freelancing gigs, with the aim of starting my own IT company one day.

2) When did you first discover your entrepreneurial spirit and How is your
entrepreneurial career developing so far?

Even before starting the company, I was able to make a name for myself as a freelancer, with top e-learning websites as clients. At the age of 23, my freelancing clients included India’s and Australia’s top E-Learning websites, Tutorialspoint and Sitepoint, respectively.
I have till now worked on, created, and published Text and Video Tutorials in 30+ technologies, including programming languages, databases, CMS, etc. Till now, I have written/published more than 70k articles, posts, codes, blogs, and videos on e-learning for students, engineers, and professionals. These posts/blogs/videos have received millions of views.
After getting experience from all these reputed government offices and private companies through full-time jobs and freelancing, including, IIT Delhi, IASRI, University of Delhi, and C# Corner, I decided to begin my own work as an entrepreneur. I launched my own startup, studyopedia.com and the Amit Thinks YouTube Channel. Programming and web development courses are provided on my channel and website.

My entrepreneurial career is going well, with the website Studyopedia and a Tech YouTube Channel Amit Thinks reaching greater heights.
The videos have gotten more than 23 million (2.3 crore) views on YouTube (as of November 2022). The monthly views have crossed 1.5 million. More than 866k Unique Viewers visit the YouTube Channel every month. The total number of impressions is 118 million. The Watch Time have reached 804k hours i.e. around 5 crore minutes. We have also surpassed the official YouTube Channel of GeeksforGeeks in terms of monthly views.

We are now providing a Certificate of Completion for any course completed on our website. Students need to pay a minimal amount to get a certificate. This brings us to a paid model.

3) What inspired you to develop your idea?

The Global E-Learning Market will reach $457.8 billion by 2026. This proves that the EdTech revolution is not a temporary adjustment but a permanent solution. I thought that this revolution would also see educational YouTube channels and websites joining the EdTech ecosystem. Also, every person has some knowledge that he or she can share. Sharing is caring, and this one quote helped me a lot in providing free notes and videos for students, engineers, and professionals.

4) How did you come up with the idea for an E-learning website called
studyopedia.com and YouTube Channel Amit Thinks, how did it all start?


I wanted to include both text tutorials and video courses for the same programming languages and web development technologies. Therefore, I decided to add the notes, i.e., the text tutorials, on the website Studyopedia and the videos for free on my Tech YouTube Channel Amit Thinks.

5) Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently when you were first starting out?

I should have started the Entrepreneur journey before.

6) There are many skills or practices that are important for entrepreneurial success.
What are the qualities of a good entrepreneur?

I consider perseverance and patience to be the two key skills needed to achieve success in any field. The ability to take quick decisions and people management also contribute to success.

7) How do you define success?

Success is to never give up in life, whatever happens.

8) What have been the biggest success and biggest failure stories you went through?

I would rather consider telling my own success and failure stories, beginning with the latter for obvious reasons.
Failure:
I developed an Android app, Learnofy, for kids facing difficulty learning, but the app was discontinued the same year itself.

Success:
We have received a lot of views, watch time, and engagements from a global audience in the last 2 years. Not even college students, but experienced IT Professionals trust us and request video tutorials on our platform. The support of our unique viewers, which are over 800k each month, has helped in achieving this milestone in such a short period of time.

9) In your opinion, what are the hurdles that keep people away from starting an entrepreneurial career?

Funds and manpower management. If you know how to crack people management, you can begin the entrepreneurial journey with less funds.

10) What have you enjoyed most about starting your own company?

To take decisions on my own. A lot of times, the hurdle related to funds and competition came in between, but I never gave up.

11) Lastly, What advice would you give to someone who is trying to become an
entrepreneur?

Never give up! Have patience! Keep Learning!

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Sanyam Sharma : The OG Sharmaji ka Bada Beta

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Content producers have been essential to the evolution of Indian humour ever since the creative age began. There are selective few creators out there that have mastered the alchemy of this community and produce unadulterated material. Few makers are mastering the charm of this community and providing the audience with the most unadulterated stuff. One of them is Sanyam Sharma, better known by his famous name “Sharma Ji ka Badda Beta,” who transforms the essence of real-life events into comedic moments. His outrageous and grandiose comedy content has consistently left audience in splits due to the high number of engagements. Watching his outrageous and spectacular comedy content has been a blast. He has come a long way in compelling comedy. Let us hear from the man himself.

When did you start generating content as a career?

Sanyam Sharma: In March 2020, I first started producing content. Sadly, the first video I made, which was about the Zomato guy, didn’t turn out as I imagined. I then began producing content in lockdown for three months, but I failed to reach the target engagement levels. Later, I created a haphazard video with the title “Crush Kaise pataye? ” and it gained a lot of followers nd ended up going viral! This gave my career something of a speed boost. That’s how I got my career boost.

What was your breakthrough moment when you realized you had a content creation aspect to your life?

Sanyam Sharma: When my reels went viral in June 2022, I had no idea what was happening and I had no idea if it would bring in money or not. I was unaware about what brand deals were, let alone anything else pertaining to content development. Unexpectedly, Hypp Agency called me one day and said they wanted to manage my account when I was still unaware of these things. Later, brand agreements began, and I gained popularity among both artists and viewers. I was clueless about what was happening as time went on I got the hold of everything.

3) What is the story behind the name ‘Sharmajikabaddabeta’?

Sanyam Sharma: My father’s friend used to refer to me as “Sharmajikabaddabeta.” I am the actual bada beta of Sharma Ji, so this is a story and the inspiration behind “Sharmajikabaddabeta.” Many people would ask my father, “What does your bada beta do?,” but the truth was that “bada beta” was doing nothing noteworthy until now, when we can describe it in a humorous filmy way, “Sharmaji ka bada beta brand ban Gaya hai.”

4) How did those in your immediate vicinity respond when you first started creating content?

Sanyam Sharma: It is considered that you are doing nothing if you are a content creator. Eventually, everyone around you will begin to think that way, but only the creator is aware of their specific actions. Initially, there were no responses from individuals around me, but now they watch my videos and recommend them to others they think can relate!

5) What other passion do you have outside creating content that you would love to pursue?

Sanyam Sharma: Writing poems and short stories is my passion. I worked in theatre for five years as an actor before switching to content creation. I enjoy actively organising seminars in my leisure time, along with reading some Hindi literature.

6) What difficulties did you encounter on your journey?

Sanyam Sharma: If this statement is accurate, there were no substantial problems that come to mind; rather, I had the most difficulty figuring out how to beat the algorithm!

7) We’ve discovered that you enjoy travelling as well. What destinations are the most intriguing that you could visit at any time?

Sanyam Sharma: Yes, I did started travelling a lot last year. I find content through acting as an observer. CONTENT IS STILL KING AT THE END OF THE DAY!
I would love to visit Kashmir again in the winter to witness the snowfall and breathtaking views of the valleys, lovely lakes, and natural scenery that inspires us to fall in love with the outdoors because, in my opinion, it is the most beautiful destination.

8) What characteristics do you possess that make your dad his favourite child?

Sanyam Sharma: They don’t believe I’m all that favourite according to him. If you grow up in a middle class home, everyone will finds you charm of the eye if you do well in school. I’m incredibly committed and determined, it’s the only thing that comes to mind.

9)Along with comedy, we have learned that you are also a poet. What inspired you to start writing your thoughts?

Every time I did theatre, we had to read literature, and at the end of the day, that’s the way we evolve as an artist.
By 2019, after finishing college, at noon, I used to write poems. Vinod Kumar Shukla, Nirmal Verma, Premchand I was fond of all of them. I read them and through these different windows of thought I got the perspectives to write and since then I started penning down my thoughts in the form of poetry.

10) How did you come up with “Single Launda Samiti” and why?

Sanyam Sharma: The first episode of “Single Launda Samiti” aired in 2019. The desire for singles to express themselves through brand new content was the idea. I just made a couple reels about it with that in mind, and people started to connect with it and like it. That is how it began!

11) What final message would you like to convey to your supporters and well-wishers?

Sanyam Sharma: If you want to create content, all you need to do is be conscious of your surroundings, keep an eye on everything, and watch. You need also be coherent, take care of yourself, and be appreciative. “BE GOOD AND GOOD WILL COME.

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