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Suzanne Bernert:”Winning hearts is my greatest achievement.”

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Suzanne Bernert, an indian actress who was born in Germany is quite known for her appearance in the Hindi movies and serials. She is known for her works in movies like Ramdhanu- The Rainbow, Honeymoon Travels PVT. LTD. and serials like Kasauti Zindagi Ki, Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. Recently she came up for an interview with Paradox and answered some of the interesting questions.

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Lets have a look at the Question which she answered during the live interview on Paradox India.

Has acting been you childhood dream?

Suzanne Bernert: Yes, acting has been my forever dream since my childhood, but being an actress in the Indian film Industry was never planned. I started acting in Germany, had my stage debut there. It was just a accidental encounter with a film director from India when I was in Dubai.

What you love about Mumbai?

Suzanne: There is something very addictive about the city. You miss it when you are not here. Despite of the Pandemic times there is always something happening here which I like, the thing which I don’t like is the infrastructure here, no matter what we build, we still have more people in the city.

Are you a fan of local street food of Mumbai?

Suzanne: Yes I am, I enjoy eating Vadapav but there has to be a very little amount of spices in that, because still I am not habitual to the spicy food of India. I need to take my Ayurvedic pills after having spicy food cause it causes me stomach ache or acidity. Chat and PaniPuri is also one of my favourite street food, I find D-Mart having good PaniPuri stalls.

How were your initial days in the film industry?

Suzanne: I had a lot of struggle with the food, the climate and the language. I got the script, but could not understand because I don’t know Hindi. There was a lot of things going on the set at a time, so there is a very less possibility of getting help from others cause everyone is assigned with a work to complete within the time. This was the struggle I faced but my collegues used to help me with that.

How was experience in Kasauti Zindagi Ki and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai?

Suzanne Bernert: All the shows have a different kind of experience which is unique. One thing I can say is that I always had a very good team in each show. For a time being they become your family, because you meet them everyday, work with them everyday and talk to them everyday. So there is always a good experience and no comparison between any show. I feel very blessed that I have done so many shows.

What is your preference: A Movie or A T.V Serial?

Suzanne Bernert: I am having web series as my upcoming projects which are kind of related to T.V but are short termed. As of now, I just want to be on set everyday, work everyday. And you never know what comes because I played the roles of Daughter in law in the initial days a lot and then suddenly got something different. Something different always comes to your way from what you expect.

Who is your favourite co-star to work with?

Suzanne: My husband, Akhil Mishra. Because sometimes you get so busy with the work that youi don’t even get time for eachother, so working togeather is always fun. Sometimes he used to come to the set during the Ashoka serial and similarly I visit him during the shoot of Uttran.

You have worked in multilingual film industries like Bengali, Marathi and Hindi. How are these industries different from each other?

Suzanne Bernert: The Marathi and the Bengali movies always seems like an family project because they are small and intimate. Whereas in Hindi movies there are a lot of people and too many things going on. You want to be nice with everyone but at the same time you don’t know everyone. And my recent Malayalam movie experience was also very good, I would love to more of South Indian movies.

What keeps you focused and motivated?

Suzanne: I started Yoga in the lockdown. And I feel it has helped me a lot, I feel more focused more controlled on my breath, my tune, my acting. So I would recommend everyone to start practicing Yoga and meditation.    

How do you manage your Personal and Professional life?

Suzanne: I believe in go with the flow and also we don’t have children so that also makes it quite easy to manage both.

What would you consider as your greatest achievement till date?

Suzanne: I think winning the hearts of all the people here is my greatest achievement. The show, Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat was the reason for all my achievements, because after that show I got recognized by the people on the streets on South Bombay.

How was your experience in playing the role of Sonia Gandhi in the movie, Accidental Prime Minister?

Suzanne: Playing a role of someone who is alive is always challenging. I used to watch her videos on repeat and tried to be real. I used to be me, when I wear the saree and the wig, but the moment I put the spectacles on it makes me feel the character. There was something in the glasses which made me Sonia Gandhi.

Who is your role model?

Suzanne: I think you take different things from different people. My mother, my grandmother, my husband are my role models. And in acting, Austrian actor named Klaus Maria Brandauer, whom I also met once.

What are your favouraite movies?

Suzanne: There are so many of them. For T.V show I would say Blacklist and in movie I saw Out Of Africa with the same emotions after 20 years. Sometimes I also like to watch the 90’s movies.

How do you deal with the trolls and the negative rumors of you?

Suzanne: I came across some such haters on twitter. I love to grow from the trolls by the unhappy people who want you to be unhappy.

How was yor experience with the show 7RCR?

Suzanne: We had roles on almost all the big political leaders of the country. We took actual photographs and recreated the whole incidents of their past life and that was the show.

How was the webseries, Stage Of Siege 26/11?

Suzanne: It was shot in the year 2019, but came out the previous year. It was a similar experience as of Ashoka serial, and I also did Jhansi Ki Rani with them, which was the third project, so it felt like all the familiar faces and for the first time when I worked with the foreign directors. It was a little hard in understanding their slangs for the first time, but was a pleasant experience gradually.

Anything about Amir Khan?

Suzanne: He is a very normal guy. Working with him and achieve what we had at time was all about the chemistry infront of the camera. Which also makes it one of my favoiraite projects. He also makes you feel really confident.

What role preferances you would choose for your future projects?

Suzanne: I always find that whatever I get offered is more than what I was imagining, so it upto the universe about my future roles.

Any message to the City Of Dreams, Mumbai?

Suzanne: Just keep working because it is a happening city. There is always something happening here, which is very good. So just Never Give Up.

What are your future projects?

Suzanne: if everything goes well, hopefully I will be working and will be on the sets again. It was supposed to be in the may but it is already over. I cannot reveal the names but I am very much excited for them.

This was the interview with very talented Suzanne Bernert in which discussed about her past life, struggles, likes and dislikes and many more.

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Anuj Saini from being face of advertisers to singles!

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Anuj Saini a pre-dominant face of advertising industry is ruling the Indian entertainment industry. Recently he was seen in Gandhi Godse Ek Yudha as character of Naren . He also featured alongside actresses like Jacqueline Fernandez in Mere Angne Mein and Dhvani Bhanushali in Vaaste. he is also seen in many advertisements which includes KFC, Sprite, Nivea, Cadbury,Tata and other known brands.

When did you start your career as an actor?

Anuj Saini: After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, I moved to Mumbai and began my acting career there in 2017.

How has your experience been in the advertising industry? You have been their favourite face for years.

Anuj Saini: Advertising is quite competitive; for a single ad, about 5000 candidates audition, but only one girl and one male are chosen. I’ve spent 6 to 8 hours working on a clothing advertisement set, and I love it. Once we start producing advertising, it’s wonderful, and I get to enjoy creating television commercials.
Just keep trying, improving, and being patient are key characteristics in this field.

What was your first show and how was your first experience working in that show?

Anuj Saini: It was a music video for the song VAASTE that I appeared in. That was my very first acting experience, and it was a great one. The great Rajkumar Santoshi sir’s Gandhi Vs. Godse, my debut movie, will be released in theatres across India next month

As acting is not a cup of tea for everyone! How did you know that you can do it as an actor?

Anuj Saini: It takes months of preparation for a three-hour test (a movie), and acting is a 24-hour career where you have to get better every day with no turning back.

There were so many superstars back in the days so who inspired you the most to become an actor?

Anuj Saini: The actors who most inspired me to pursue acting were Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Sushant Singh Rajput. Due to their consistency in remaining where they are and doing their best up to this point, we are all aware that these people didn’t got support from others in the industry.

Which achievement means a lot to you and is there any other achievement you look forward to achieving?

Anuj Saini: It meant a lot to me when I was chosen for my first feature film, which will be released in January, because I had no familiarity and many talented people chose me for the role. This is a huge accomplishment for me And I have a lot of accomplishments I want to get to.

You have met many different personalities from different fields. Who was most inspiring and why?

Anuj Saini: Anuja Patil, a former player for India, influenced me greatly with her personality . She changed the outlook of way of communicating with others. She is incredibly generous.

What do you want to share that many people don’t know about you?

Anuj Saini: Although I’m a big introvert and am really shy in real life, there is a switch that allows me to be completely different in front of the camera.

What message would you like to give to upcoming actors who follow you?

Anuj Saini: Keep working and hustling. Bombay is a city where one phone call has the power to completely alter your journey, but it will take time for that call to reach you. Until then, stay positive, put in a lot of effort, and don’t give up.

Lastly, what is one message that you want to give to your followers and well-wishers?

Please continue to support me; I’ll do everything in my ability to make you all smile.
AAP HAI TO HUM HAI!!

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Nidhi Uttam Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai fame shares her journey.

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Nidhi Uttam, who is an actress working in Indian television industry and film industry for more than a decade. She rose to fame as Nandini in Asia’s longest running show on Star plus “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai” . She was also seen in Anubhav Sinha‘s award-winning film Thappad in a crucial role.Being a trained martial artist, a street level athlete and a freelance graphic designer.
Niddhi shared her journey and important tips to enter and retain acting in the industry.

Can you tell us about your journey till here. As you have reached great heights, we are curious to know what’s your story?

Nidhi Uttam: I’m from a place named Kanpur. After finishing my 12th grade year, I moved to Mumbai to finish my education. I came here to study graphic design and animation. I had just been living in Mumbai for around six months when I was chosen as the lead actor for one of the shows produced by great producer Ekta Kapoor. When I was asked to join in the programme, Kasturi, I was quite nervous because acting is not something that most people outside of the industry do right away.
When I initially declared that I couldn’t pursue acting, everyone told me that I had been chosen and couldn’t refuse Ekta Kapoor. I spoke with my teachers at that time, and they all advised me not to say no since Ekta Kapoor has given you the opportunity, which is a dream for many other people. Once I started working in the field, I learned how important it was. Since I’ve been working in this field for around 15 years, it was a major turning point in my life.

What are your personal favourite TV shows you did so far?

Nidhi Uttam: Our first show is always special, in my opinion, and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai was the one where I received the most love. However, I was very young when I began, and throughout my acting career, from the first performance I did till today I have made really wonderful friends with whom I still keep in touch. As a non-actor, it served as a form of learning and stepping stone for me as I progressively learned how to act while performing.
In terms of movies, Thappad has been my largest endeavour to date. My next movie, Chaar Lugayi, which features me as the protagonist . In this movie everyone will see a different side of me. It is scheduled for release in February 2023.

What do you think is the greatest strength as an actor?

Nidhi Uttam: It’s important to be consistent. Just don’t give up after one setback. You must maintain high ambitions and consistency in this field that, in my opinion, is the most crucial factor, along with maintaining focus. From the outside, this industry appears to be very glittery and glamorous, but the reality is that you have to work day and night. This requires more effort and concentration because timings vary depending on the shoot and there are more hours spent working. Additionally, there are no leaves,, especially when working on a television programme.

What is one thing that you consider as greatest accomplishment as an actor?

Nidhi Uttam: In terms of acting, last year has been really wonderful for me. Any actor’s desire is to appear on billboards and other advertising. This year, I ran a significant campaign and served as the face of the DLF mall in Nodia. I also did digital advertising there, and because I was the face of the mall, I appeared on all of the billboards. It was my greatest success.Throughout the span of these 15 years, I also had numerous other successes that made my family proud of me.

What do you think is the most important aspect of a good performance ?

Nidhi Uttam: I think the most crucial factor in performance is whether you can create an emotional response from the audience. Any type of acting scene would do, but whatever it is, the audience must be impressed by your performance.

Was acting always your passion, even since you were a child?

Nidhi Uttam: No, there was never any doubt about whether I liked acting or not because I was solely interested in sports and school. I’m more into sports since I’ve competed at the state level. I used to practise martial arts, but I hardly ever watched television. For example, when schoolgirls would talk about TV shows, I had nothing to do because we weren’t even allowed to watch it at home. When I first received an offer to appear in a show, I was very hesitant because I was so completely cut off from the media at the time. However, I firmly believe that God had other plans for me.

When did you decide that you want to become an actor?

Nidhi Uttam: Even after my first performance, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue acting. You won’t have time for anything else when you work for a production company called Balaji. As a result, I was unable to complete the coursework for which I had travelled there and paid all fees. Since I didn’t know what I would do after my first show, I was constantly concerned about when I would finish my course and my studies at that time.
My teachers at the time were a huge source of encouragement, telling me not to worry because what I was doing was the fulfilment of many people’s dreams. And in 2007 people had trouble finding employment in the animation and graphics industries. I think that god gave me a golden spoon as a blessing. I was earning a respectable sum of money and getting show after show, which gave me hope and encouragement.

What do you think you would have chosen as a career if not acting?

Nidhi Uttam: Either I would have been an animator or the owner of an advertising firm. Learning animation and creating animated films were my objectives.

How do you feel when you make your fans become engrossed in the lives of your characters?

Nidhi Uttam: I consider myself fortunate since I receive a lot of support from my fans. Most people recognise me as Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’s Nandini. Recently, I travelled to the small village of Mathura to film for a new movie. I saw hundreds of people coming out to see me on their terraces. This kind of fan love is so touching, I think I must have done something good to earn it. It is also motivating because it inspires you to work harder on your subsequent endeavour.

Every industry, including the entertainment industry, is full of competition; what do you do to stand out amidst competition?

Nidhi Uttam: Competition, in my opinion, never dies and really makes you a better worker. Competition is necessary. Certainly, there is a lot of competition in our industry. There are a lot of fresh people enter the industry. People are hiring actors for less money, which may be a challenger, but competition usually arises between the performances of two individuals; if you can establish your calibre there, there is no stopping you.

Which types of acting do you feel you are most suited for?

Nidhi Uttam: I’m pretty good at doing emotional romantic scenes, but I’d like to focus on comic scenes because that’s a genre I haven’t really explored.

How do you react when you receive a negative review about a performance?

Nidhi Uttam: Though I can honestly say that as of now, I haven’t gotten any bad reviews, if I do, I’ll accept them positively. Constructive criticism help you develop your character. Feedback is a pretty crucial part of our journey.

Your longest-running show was Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star-plus. Tell us something about it.

Nidhi Uttam: I spent 12 years as a cast member of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. I had about 500 auditions before this programme and was unemployed for about seven months. However, when I showed up for the Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai audition, they informed me that I had been chosen for the role of Nandini.The best part was they told me I was the only candidate they had considered for the role.
My character is completely different from the part or character I had portrayed. However, they promised me that they would remove my disabled character after three months, but once the show premiered and viewers began to enjoy my performance, they decided to keep my role for a very long period. I used to occasionally get frustrated with my part! But over time I came to understand that Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is the reason I’m getting all the affection. I’ve actually encountered handicapped girls on numerous times or at events. They came up to me and told me that I inspire them and make them feel valuable.

Have you ever had to enact a character that was in opposition to your values and morals?

Nidhi Uttam: I have not, and I have played positive roles. I’m picky when it comes to choosing a role. I receive a lot of requests for crime shows and other things, but I don’t do them. I haven’t played any negative roles up to this point. I’m willing to do negative roles as well, but if the script changes to a more good component in the future, that’s a different story. An actor needs to be prepared to take on any character.

Any tips or suggestions which you would like to give to the people who are pursuing this field?

Nidhi Uttam: If you’re interested in acting, I have one extremely crucial piece of advice for you. ‘ Always have a backup plan’. Since I’m an actor, I always wanted to work in graphics, I didn’t let my course in graphics go to waste. I now work as a freelance graphic designer. I keep learning how to use my programme by watching tutorial videos. You can use these backup plans if you don’t have any upcoming tasks or shows. Learn something new and work on it rather than falling into depression or doing something else.

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