Actor Sanya Malhotra doesn’t have it easy when it comes to leaving behind her characters after she returns home. “I am a very emotional person. Not consciously, but subconsciously I do connect with the characters I play. If you are working on a character for 30-45 days, something changes in you,” she says.
The actor recalls how unwinding after shooting for Ritesh Batra’s Photograph was especially challenging. Sanya says, “Disconnecting is very important because I remember when I was shooting for Photograph, it really took a toll on me. That character was so intense, emotional and introvert that I became like her. So, now I meditate which starts as soon as I sit in the car.”
After three years in the Hindi film industry, Sanya Malhotra has finally devised a post pack up routine to detach herself from her set life. She says, “If I am not shooting, I have a proper night-time routine that I follow. I don’t use my phone. I have stopped charging my phone now because if my phone is around me, I will be hooked to it. So, I don’t charge my phone. I play with my cat Laila. I take the makeup off. I drink something that doesn’t have caffeine in it. I do some breathing exercises and then I sleep.”
The actor, however, adds most of the times after she returns home from a film set, she finds herself stressing over the scenes she shot during the day. “If I am shooting, then I am constantly thinking about whatever I have shot in the day. I would think ‘I should have done that shot that way. What did I do!’ So, I either take that stress or I am so tired that I just crash on my bed as soon as I enter the room,” Sanya concludes.
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