Niyati Joshi is a popular name since 2005, and she has done a lot of TV serials. She was born on 10th December 1985 in Pune and also has a sister. She acted in various TV serials like Rakt Sambandh, Ghar Ki Lakshmi: Betiyann, Saat Phere, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and many more. Here is a short conversation with our beloved actress. Check what she has to share with us.
- Tell us about your Journey
Talking about my journey, so basically, I am from Pune, and I had started modeling at the age of 17 or 18. I remember I was in my second year, and there was a ‘Face Of The Year’ contest in Pune. At that time, Bunty Prashant was one of the famous photographers in Pune. I won the face of the year contest and did a course with them for a year. That’s how I started my journey, and then I attended a couple of fashion shows here and there, print shoots for Pune Times.
After that, I have trained myself under Lovell Prabhu for Femina Miss India for two years. Then I was a part of Femina Miss India in 2006 and was the finalist amongst the first 26. Actually, before Femina, my first serial was ‘Kuch Love Kuch Masti’ in Sahara one in 2004. So, I was doing up and down from Bombay to Pune as I was completing my graduation. In 2005, I completed my graduation and moved to Bombay. After Femina, I did a lot of serials, ads, and that’s what my journey has been till now. I started in 2003, and its 2020. It’s almost 17 years that I am in this field.
2. What have you learned about yourself since you became a celebrity?
One thing I have learned after becoming a celebrity is you have to be grounded as you never know when you hit the bottom. There are a lot of ups and downs in the industry. Probably, in the first couple of years, you might see a lot of fame and money, people are running behind you, but you never know when that would end, and you would come down. It is the pattern of my industry, and the thing is ‘out of sight is out of mind’.
Sometimes, there would be days where there won’t be work, and suddenly there is a lot of work. So, you need to be patient enough to sustain the period when you do not have work. Therefore, follow a few things like being grounded, respect people around, as you never know when they cross your path in the future, and thirdly you need to have a lot of patience.
3. Which character played by you is closer to your heart?
Two characters are too close to my heart; one is playing a rape victim in Saat Phere on Zee TV. So, normally, we hear rapes happening around us, but when it happens to you, you have to get into the character and think about how you would react? We were shooting in Film City for two nights with the artificial rain and mud. A proper fight master was called, and I had bruises on my hands, legs; the next day. I remembered when I was doing the shots where the family comes and confronts me, I had real tears, the shouting, getting scared everything looked so real. That was one of the characters which will always be close to my heart.
Another role would be playing a lesbian on MTV Love on the Run. Initially, I was a bit skeptical and doubting myself whether I could do it. Then the director explained to me, and how it’s going to be then I got a bit comfortable. Also, the girl opposite me was super nervous. After that, we worked on our characters as how we should do it, and the moment the director says ACTION, you need to forget about anything. You need to just get in the scene and the character and get done with it.
4. Share one of your wonderful memory with us!
One wonderful memory for me would be when I got the letter home saying that I have been selected for Femina Miss India 2006. I have applied for this before, and I could not get through it. I was working hard and training myself, finally, when that moment came, it was something that will always be there with me. In Femina Miss India, I didn’t win the main pageant, but India voted for me, and I was the favorite. Sometimes I feel even if I didn’t win the title, I have won the hearts of a lot of people.
5. Who supported you to come into this field?
Nobody supported me to get into this field, it was all my decision to get into this industry. Yes, my mother was supportive, but initially my father, being a father, did not want to get his daughter into an industry, about which people also speak a lot negative. But eventually, they supported me and were happy, and my only support was my parents, sisters, and I did not have any godfather.
6. What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star Plus, and I am playing the character of Swarna for one and a half years.
7. Which of your roles was the most challenging for you to capture?
Since I have done a lot of serials, I got to play many roles. Mostly, I have played a positive bahu, and whenever I meet people they tell me, you have a good smile and a positive face. People use to doubt me whether I could play a negative character, but there was one character in Rakt Sambandh a few years back where I needed to play a negative character.
It was my first time where I was playing a negative role on screen. Yes, it was challenging, but I think I did a fabulous job, and after that, I did a lot of negative roles. One challenging role that I felt was a couple of years back when I needed to play a lesbian on-screen. I have realized one thing that making love to men is easier than doing that to a woman. But it was a brilliant experience and the way it was shot also was great. I was comfortable with my character. After that, I have learnt one thing that is I can mold myself into any character that has been offered to me. That way, I feel I am blessed that I can turn myself around for any character.
8. Who is your celebrity crush?
Honestly, I cannot point out one celebrity crush as it keeps changing.
9. What are your future plans?
Well, I do not have any future plans because I live in the moment. After all, we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow so why we are thinking about what will happen. What’s the use to plan what’s going to happen five or ten years after? You might fulfill that dream, or it may not come true. I believe in living in present and making the best use of every minute you have today and be happy.
10. Is there a role you have not played but would like to someday?
I would like to play the role of a lawyer as I haven’t played it before. I think playing it is quite difficult as you have to keep a straight face and deliver your dialogue. It should come in such a way that the jury must feel convincing. A lawyer is something that I would love to play.
11. What is one message you would give to your fans?
One message for my fans would be to stay happy and positive and be grateful for everything that you have in your life. Trust me, the moment you start being grateful in your life, see how things start changing in your life.
12. Can you tell me one favorite humorous story from your acting career?
One humorous story, I don’t know whether it is humorous, it was my first day on Saat Phere of the shoot, and I was quite nervous. The serial was going on for a long time, and I had just entered and every actor near me was so senior. On my first day on the shoot, the director says action, and I walked and slipped, and I fell right on my back. And everyone was there on the set like around 70-80 people.
I was so embarrassed, and that was the ice-breaking moment for me with the Saat Phere team, and I will remember this for entire life. It was too funny, and everyone was in splits.
13. If you weren’t an actor, what would you have liked to have been?
If I weren’t an actor, it would have taken a job in aviation or a post as the cabin crew. I had applied for the post of cabin crew in one of the top airlines. I was about to join as well, but at that time, I was doing two or three serials. After that, I have realized that the camera is something that I love, and it transforms me. It’s my first love so I would not like to leave the industry and go somewhere else.
14. Was there any defining moment as such when you realized that you wanted to be an actor?
Any defining moment, no not really, as I always knew that I wanted to get into this field. Initially, it was modeling, I never thought of acting. It was only after I shifted to Bombay and got into acting, I realized that I do enjoy acting. I was always attracted to the glamorous life. But trust me, after I entered into modeling and this field, I never found it to be glamorous.
It might look glamorous from the outside, but once you enter the field, it looks like any other industry. You might have success but it’s not long-lived. My sister, actually she did her engineering and I use to see all such things in my room, and I use to think that it’s not my cup of tea. I was good at studies not that I was an average student. I passed with a 1st class in my graduation but the camera is my first love which got me here.
15. What challenges/obstacles did you face in your journey so far?
I have faced a lot of obstacles in my path and I did not have any godfather. I was new in the industry and I remember I used to do up and down from Pune-Bombay. I used to go to every production house to drop my portfolio back in 2003-2004. There were like tons of portfolios lying there and whatever I am today, it’s all because of my hard work.
The second challenge that I have already mentioned is Out Of Sight Is Out Of Mind. So I was doing non-stop serials in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. For me, I would need a break after my work, so after 2010, I took a break, and in that span, I got a lot of calls. Then I got back after two to three months.
It was again starting from scratch as I needed to call up all the production houses saying I am back, I need work. It happened almost for 5 to 6 years, I was almost out of work, and it was the worst phase of my life. I know everybody goes through this. But when you know something is happening, and at the last moment, it does not happen.
So, somehow I was just surviving. During this time, I have realized one thing that people can be your best friends. But when it comes to work, nobody is there to help you. Whatever you achieve is your struggle, and Bombay is an expensive place. The rents are super high, and whatever I had earned, the savings got over. I was on the verge of going into depression. But now I have reached a place, and I have seen the worst days of my life. I can’t go below, so I always used to convince and encourage myself that nothing can be worse than what I have already seen.
After that, I have decided to always be positive, and my support system, my mother helped me a lot. Finally, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai happened in 2019, and my life was again back to what it was in 2005 and 2006.
Well, this was our interview session with the popular TV actress Niyati Joshi. We hope she achieve great success in her career ahead!