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“Though I was naive, yet I was a very strong headed and determined girl” – Shamin Mannan

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Tell us about your journey so far?
It has been quite a journey. I dropped out of engineering college and got on a train to Mumbai with nothing but a dream to make it big and since then there has been no looking back. I started with television. My first show was ‘Santaan’ on Star Plus as one of the leads. I did couple of shows on different channels. My last show was ‘Sanskaar’ on Colors as the main lead girl Bhoomi. After that I decided to take a break from TV and try my luck in movies. I did couple of ads and then ‘Love Shagun’ happened where I am playing one of the Leads.

You’re making your film debut with ‘Love Shagun’. How does it feel?
Aaah.. It feels good. I think it’s a decent start for a girl like me who comes from Assam without any film background or any godfather. ‘Love Shagun’ is a romantic comedy where I play the role of Shama who is a bar dancer yet innocent and simple girl in search of love. It was very difficult to portray a bar dancer with Mumbaiya lingo, yet keeping my innocence and cuteness intact. I have worked hard to reach here and this is just a start. I still have a long way to go.

What’s next?
I only believe in hard work and perseverance. That’s my only plan. Rest whatever happens will happen with the flow. Of course I would love to do more films and portray different kind of acting oriented roles on the big screen. But at the same time I am open to TV if anything good comes along. I love dancing, so I would love to do a dance reality show in future.

From TV to films, has it been a difficult or easy transition?
Obviously it’s been a difficult transition. To get into movies I had to shed all the baggage and start from the scrap. It’s like getting down from one peak to climb another from ground level. But then there is no fun if there are no challenges in life. In films it doesn’t matter how much work you have done on TV or how famous you are. All that matters is how talented you are. I have learnt to be patient during the process. Many times I felt like giving up and go back to doing Tv shows as there were tempting offers coming my way but my love for films kept me going on.

Do you enjoy TV more or films?
To be honest I enjoy films more because in a short span of time you get to live different characters with different films. But both TV and films have their own pros and cons. TV gives you more exposure and financial stability. On the other hand films give you work satisfaction in terms of creativity. Doing a film challenges the actor inside you in each and every scene. For me doing films is intoxicating and I crave for more and can’t wait to portray another role in another film soon.

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