When Shweta Bachchan swore never to become an actor: “The words ‘sound, camera, action’ freeze me”
It is a universally recognized truth that an actor’s children will be actors or at least involved in the film industry in some capacity. Despite the nepotism, few are opposed to this trend. Shweta Bachchan, the daughter of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, who is now 48, is among the few people who have chosen to stay away from arc lamps. It’s not like she never thought about becoming an actress. During her school days, Shweta thought about acting and singing as a child. During her elementary school years, she thought acting would be an easier option than any sport or profession.
Writing about the most common question she is often asked, “Being the daughter of Amitabh Bachchan, why didn’t you become an actor?”, Shweta previously shared with DNA that she was cast in her play only because she was tall. She played a Hawaiian girl who had nothing to do but look pretty and twirl on stage, “All we had to do was wave our arms and twirl, looking like pretty and above all tall.”
But, things did not go as planned. Moments before the show, Shweta’s skirt was “torn” and she was the only girl who couldn’t twirl on stage. She could not remember her “single step” and this incident made Shweta swear “never to go on stage again”.
Besides personal experience, the star kid believes “it takes a lot of talent and tenacity to be an actor”. She said she had a “crippling fear of the camera and crowds” and the words “Start the sound, the camera, the action” froze her.
Shweta also explained that it’s not easy to be a successful actor and it takes a lot of “personal sacrifices” to reach the zenith of success. She wrote: ‘It’s a tough world and most people don’t realize the personal sacrifices made to get to these high positions. Much of my life has been shaped by those same sacrifices made by my parents.
It’s this harsh truth about the film industry that keeps Shweta away from her children, Navya Naveli Nanda and Agastya Nanda, from showbiz which for her is not an “easy life”. While appearing in Karan Johar’s Koffee With Karan, Shweta said he saw firsthand the hatred actors are subjected to on social media and the struggle after a box office failure. She would therefore never want a member of her family to enter the film industry. .
“I see their faces when things aren’t working out. I see the kind of hate my brother gets on Instagram. Whether you like him as an actor or you don’t like him or you think he had it easy because he’s the son of Amitabh Bachchan, whatever it is, I’m his sister and I hated it. It gives me sleepless nights. I don’t want another family member to be in this business, for my selfish personal reasons,” Shweta told Karan Johar on Koffee With Karan.
Shweta Bachchan is married to businessman Nikhil Nanda. She runs a fashion brand and has written a book. His daughter Navya is now an entrepreneur.
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