A renowned film and television actress; Shweta Chaudhary is a household name for a long time. She has worked in different films like Khudgarz, Kishan Kanhaiya, Khoon Bhari Maang, etc. Along with that, she has also done a lot of popular TV shows like Shri Krishna, Jai Hanuman, Ganesh Leela, Shree Ganesh, Rakhi- Atoot Rishtey Ki Dor, and many more. Apart from these achievements, she has also done two Tamil movies and stage shows. She started her journey as a Kathak dancer from the age of four and did a lot of shows with renowned artists. Let’s see what she has to say about her journey in the glamour industry.
- Tell us about your Journey.
I started very early as I was four at that time. I learned Kathak first, started as a dancer, and used to perform on stage. It was too early, and I used to perform with Anu Malik troupe, and Kalyan Ji-Anand Ji as well as Mahindra Kapoor troupe. I used to travel with them to the entire world and dance on the stage. This is how the entire thing started, and after that, my parents brought me to Mumbai. They decided that I should come here and the whole journey of my dance training in Kathak started.
Because of my dance only, I was approached for my first film as a child artist. My first film as a child artist was Khudgarz directed by Mr. Rakesh Roshan, and the second one was Khoon Bhari Maang as Rekha’s daughter, Kishan Kanhaiya (Parinda) as Madhuri’s younger version, Ghar Ho Toh Aisa, Naam Chin Ghar, Ajooba Kudrat Kaa, and a couple of more films. Simultaneously, I was performing on stage and acting at the same time, and I was learning Kathak as well. I learned Kathak for nine years and performed on stage for fifteen years. So, after doing stage and movies, my television debut also happened.
I did my first TV debut with a serial called Chand Sitare, which used to come on DD Nationals. It’s because that time only one channel was there and I worked as a child actress. The next big thing happened was Shri Krishna of Ramanand Sagar’s, one of the famous shows from those days when only DD was there. It was my main show that you can say as the main protagonist, and I was playing Radha in that. From that show, my television journey started in a full-fledged manner. Post that show, I was also approached for a Tamil film back in early 1990s.
They saw me in Krishna and approached me, and I did two films down South. I was young, and I was studying, so I couldn’t continue there, and I decided to come back to Mumbai. After that, again I started working on television, and it gave me some really amazing characters. I did a couple of mainstream mythos on Star Plus, Sony, and Zee TV. I also did a show called Kesar in Star Plus, which was an interesting character I played.
After that, it was Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Aasmaan for Star Plus where I played Smriti Irani’s younger sister. Then I did Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Raakhi, Stree Teri Kahani for Doordarshan produced By Saira Banu and Dilip Kamur. It was close to my heart, as I was playing the lead in the show. After that, I did a couple of more shows, like Siya Ke Ram, Bhai Bhaiya Aur Brother on Sab TV, Internet Wala Love. So, I had been working for a long time, and the journey was exciting.
2. Was there any defining moment as such when you realized that you wanted to be an actor?
My defining moment when I realized that I want to become an actor, actually never happened. It happened but too late in my life like, as I said, I was four when I started working. When I turned five or five and a half, I was already in front of the camera. So, it was too early, and when I was growing up and acting, then probably I realized that I am an actress. And this is what I have been doing since I was born. The whole process has been casual for me, and it wasn’t like one day, I have decided and started acting. Actually, in many people’s cases, this happens, but mine is different from them.
3. What have you learnt about yourself since you became a celebrity?
After being a celebrity or actress, in whatever way you would like to put it, I realized and learnt that it’s only your hard work, determination, and truthfulness towards work that can only help you survive or take you ahead in life. So, whatever it is, you need to be true with the work and must put in constant efforts towards your work to make it look more natural and realistic. You need to be hardworking and keep growing every day.
4. What kind of role do you feel most comfortable with?
I am comfortable playing what I am in reality. I am an Indian by heart, and I am like a next-door girl. I love to do more real characters rather than be someone else, as I cannot do justice to it if I am not convinced.
5. Which character played by you is closer to your heart?
After playing so many characters, two or three of them are there, which are close to my heart. If you tell me to choose one, it is Shri Krishna, where I played Radha.
6. What challenges/obstacles did you face in your journey so far?
Challenges and obstacles are part and parcel of any work or field. But I have been quite fortunate in this regard, as I have always gotten approached by people for the work. It just happened to me, one after another. Soon after completing the first work, I got approached for the second. It was like a chain reaction for me, and challenges and obstacles will be there when you wish to do justice to the character. For that, we do some preparation and that is surely a challenge to get into the skin of a character. Apart from that, I haven’t faced any such tough situations that I can relate to.
7. Who supported you to come into this field?
As I was good at dancing, so my parents thought and decided to come to Mumbai for stage and dance. Acting happened by chance, and even I think that they might not have decided or planned something in that way. But yes, my parents always supported me, and it was their decision that I would be doing this. So, all efforts were made by them.
8. Who is your celebrity crush?
Well, I don’t have any celebrity crush.
9. What is that one message you would give to your fans?
The message for my fans would be the way they love me, or whatever they do for me is special, and I thank them in all manner. I am grateful to them, and whenever they get time, they send best wishes in a myriad of ways which shows their love for me, and I just love them.
10. What are your future plans?
I don’t believe in future-planning as I only plan for tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. I really do not plan anything for the future, as I love to live in the moment. Hopefully, God makes a plan for us, so we need to just follow it and that’s what I believe.
11. What is your personal favorite performance?
My personal favorite would be obviously Shri Krishna, and I have many reasons for that. The second would be a film that I did in the South industry, where I played the lead protagonist, and I worked hard for that character. I didn’t know the language, but still, I had to speak and act at the same time.
12. If you weren’t an actor, what would you have liked to be?
It’s a tricky question as I have already told you that I haven’t got the time to think about what I want to do. Usually, people complete their studies and then decide what they would like to do. For me, I was working, and as I opened my eyes, I was in front of the camera. I was acting on the stage, in front of the camera, traveling across the world. Today, if you ask me to think, then I would like to say that may be I would have been a scientist or an astronaut because the whole thing of knowing your universe, galaxy, stars excites me.
13. Which of your roles was the most challenging for you to capture?
Out of everything that I have played, the most difficult one was Shri Krishna as it was a mythological show, and I was playing Radha. So, I needed to do justice to the character and perform correctly. You cannot overdo, and it has to be bang on, and I have worked hard to achieve that. I think it is one of the reasons why people remember me from that show and love me. Even the films from the south were quite difficult, as being a North Indian, I have to speak South Indian. Rest whatever I did, it was okay for me, and I portrayed well and it has been a great journey so far.
Well, this is some information that our beautiful Indian actress has to share with us. We wish her luck and good health for all her upcoming endeavors!