Shalini Pandey dazzled with her big-screen debut as she proved her acting mettle as a pregnant girl in Jayeshbhai Jordaar, a film that saw her share screen space with acting powerhouse Ranveer Singh. Shalini is grateful that her performance in the film was applauded by critics. Shalini Pandey is aware that as an outsider she has to ‘make every opportunity count’ if she has to fulfill her desire to be ‘one of the best actors of the country!
Shalini Pandey says, “A lot of people have called my big-screen debut in Bollywood a bold choice because I’m pregnant in the film. It is true that I had to be a certain body type to look convincing as a pregnant woman. It is true that most would choose a more glitzier debut and look their best. But I’m not one of them. I have always focused on doing roles that have something to say, something to do or some impact to make. For me, the fact that my character is pregnant was not of any concern.”
‘Lot of people have called my big-screen debut a bold choice because I’m pregnant in the film!’: Shalini Pandey
Shalini Pandey adds, “It’s the character that matters for me because she has something relevant and important to say. I am very proud of this part and I have given it my best. I’m here to make my destiny on my own terms and I’m aspiring to be one of the best actors in the country. So, for me, what matters the most is that people have loved my performance. They have found me formidable on-screen and that too opposite someone like Ranveer Singh, who is truly a chameleon and probably the best actor of our country today.”
Shalini Pandey is clear that as a rank outsider with no connections in the industry, her performances have to be her calling card. Shalini, who had also mesmerised everyone in her debut South film Arjun Reddy, says, “I want to be known for my talent and not just how I look on screen or off it. It doesn’t excite me if someone says that I’m only looking good. I want everyone in the industry to say that Shalini brings something new on-screen. They should be excited to cast me because I can be a great performer. I’m devoting all my time to prepare myself for my next.”
Shalini Pandey adds, “I know that being an outsider, I have to make every opportunity count and that’s a great motivator for me because I feel it brings out the best in me. I thrive under pressure. I was extremely challenged in Jayeshbhai Jordaar because I had to perform at the level where Ranveer was operating and I’m only too thankful for all the love that I have got. So, as far as my debut goes, I hope I have managed to get the industry’s attention. Now, I have to keep delivering one performance after another to survive and achieve my goals as an actor.”