24th March, Mumbai: Actress Monika Singh, who has been part of shows such as Guddan Tumse Naa Ho Payega, Kulfi Kumar Bajewala, Bahut Pyar Karte Hai, as well as movies such as Simba, Forty Plus and short film Sthree, recounts her journey to the screen. The actress says that her aim to be part of Bollywood, has always been crystal clear, and she will achieve her goal soon.
“Bollywood demands a high level of commitment and talent where good looks only do not matter, you need to be a complete package to be even given a chance. It’s difficult but not impossible. I have my vision clear and soon I will be there,” she says.
Talking about how she got a break in TV, she says, “I have always been passionate about my screen career and have acted in school plays. One fine day, a friend told me about this audition for Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega, and there was no looking back.”
She adds, “I had to make two to three videos and give auditions, competing with many talented girls. I did my best to get selected.”
Talking about her background, she says, “I have been brought up in a simple family. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and have been through 2-3 different sales jobs in Maruti, Ravera Diamonds. I was working in a designer boutique in Delhi before I became an actor. I have a three-month diploma in acting from Institute of Creative Excellence (ICE) Mumbai.”
In fact, the actress has been part of the film Simba. She says that acting in this industry needs a lot of hard work. “I was working as a friend of the victim in the movie. I believe the industry should not typecast an artist. It’s difficult for artists to explore other genres once they get typecast, and I don’t think that is fair. Also, Good looks are not the only criteria in industry. In fact, they are secondary. Performance and craft are a priority, I believe.”
In fact, Monika would also like to bag a reality show. “I have never tried to bag any reality show till date. Bigg Boss is a very big platform. It’s a dream for anyone and if given an offer, of course, I will do it for sure,” she says.