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First of Many: Shweta Tiwari revisits first acting project

This week's 'First of Many' features Shweta Tiwari. In the 42nd edition of our exclusive series, the television star talks about the first time she faced the camera.

Written by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: May 21, 2020 8:14:51 am
shweta tiwari acting debut Shweta Tiwari did her first ad when she was around 16. (Photo: Shweta Tiwari/Instagram)

Shweta Tiwari is one of the most loved television stars in India. She is still fondly referred as Prerna from her blockbuster show Kasautii Zindagii Kay that ran for seven years in the early 2000s.

Shweta has appeared in other popular TV series like Parvarrish, Baal Veer and Begusarai, apart from doing reality shows Nach Baliye, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and Bigg Boss. After a hiatus of three years, the actor made a comeback with Mere Dad Ki Dulhan and web show Hum Tum And Them.

However, according to Shweta Tiwari, acting came calling to her by chance, when she got to do an ad during her teenage years. Here’s what the actor shared about the first time she faced the camera.

1. What was your first acting project? How did the project come to you?

The first time I faced the camera was for a Nafees Toast ad. I was around 15-16 years old. I had done a dance performance in school and the person who came there as a judge offered me a play. And the director of that play eventually offered me this ad.

2. What do you remember of your first day on set?

I did not know how to laugh, how to sit in front of the camera. But the director told me that ‘you have a natural instinct and you’ll do very well in life’. That time I did not take him seriously, but it actually happened with me!

3. Were you nervous? How many retakes did you take?

I was very nervous. I used to shiver while saying my dialogues. There weren’t many retakes, but I could feel that shivering deep inside me.

4. How was the rapport with your co-stars when you got to meet or work with them again later?

It had Nasir Khan. We share a great rapport and meet even today. Rest I don’t remember much.

5. If given a chance to go back to your debut role, what would you like to change or do better?

Forget debut, even the smallest decisions of life, if you get to go back to it, you’ll think of the things you’d like to change now. But honestly speaking, I will not want to change anything in life because all the shows, incidents and experiences I had in my life have taught me so much.

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6. One film or role that inspired you to become an actor?

There was no inspiration as such. I just loved dancing. I used to dance on stage. That got me that play and eventually my first TV show. I just kept moving. I wanted to become a dancer like Helen; I don’t know how I ended up becoming an actor.

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