She has appeared in two of the biggest hits of recent times, Tiger Zinda Hai and Padmaavat, and actor Anupriya Goenka is thankful to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for giving her an opportunity in his film. Though the actor has featured in films like Daddy, Dishoom among others, it was the Salman Khan-starrer and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus that stand out as the bigger films of her career so far.
“It (offers) would be also dependent on my talent but mainly getting those first few breaks is the most difficult part. Initially, people who show trust in you and give you that opportunity are being very brave. Because of them I feel I’ve got a lot of appreciation, from fans and the industry. It is a heartwarming space and I’m excited to see what happens now,” she told PTI.
The actor says part of the struggle in the industry is to constantly search for work. “There are days when you are busy even without having work as you are going for auditions. So you are not acting in a way. To sustain yourself mentally, physically, emotionally is challenging for sure,” she says. “I come from a corporate space so I’m used to doing certain kind of work on a daily basis but here you are looking for work on a daily basis,” she adds.
Bagging two big projects was not an easy task and the actor says it is a case of sheer derivation as well as being at the “right place at the right time”. It’s a combination of how much efforts you put in, how much you’re working on a daily basis on your goals and it also has to do with a bit of luck. It’s difficult but you’ve to be very patient. The main thing is perseverance.”
In Tiger Zinda Hai, Anupriya played the role of nurse Poorna and in Padmaavat, she essayed Nagmati, the first wife of Shahid Kapoor’s Maharawal Ratan Singh. She will next be seen in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Maaya in the lead role. “It’s a very intense film. I had a great time shooting for it because it’s very interesting story when you’ve to carry the whole film on your shoulders and to work with a director that closely. I saw myself change through the shoot of the film. I hope it comes out soon.”