Karishma Tanna: I know people who’re in certain camps in Bollywood but are still waiting for that break to happen

Happy with the attention and praises she received for her character in Sanju (2018), actor Karishma Tanna expected that it would translate into more work in films. Unfortunately, that did not happen. It was upsetting but the actor has got up and moved ahead, ready to start afresh in Bollywood.

“I really don’t know what went wrong, what happens behind the scene or what people talk about. I did a Rajkumar Hirani film and my character stood out, still things didn’t go in my favour. And you do get depressed and upset but if I stay in that phase I won’t be able to concentrate on good things coming my way. So I took it up as a challenge and will keep trying,” she says.

Tanna, 36, feels things might have been different has she been a star kid. “Not sure whether its luck or being at the right place at the right time or may be coming from the TV space or they just want to take star kids. I don’t know about nepotism, insider-outsider I just see myself as an actor who wants concentrate on her journey and wishing for good work to come her way. Yes of course not being a star kid could be a reason, they’ve it easy. But star kids also have their struggle,” she adds.

The actor agrees there are camps in the industry. But she has never been a part of any.


“I don’t know how to get into such groups neither do I want to. I know a lot of people who’re in certain camps and all but they’re still waiting for that break to happen. So camps or no camps eventually you’ll have to do your work hard,” she says.

Tanna wants to leave no stone unturned to make her career work. She has no inhibition in reaching out to people she wants to collaborate with.

“I message them saying how much I love their work and that I would like to be a part of their projects. And I’ve always received positive response and got work too… I really want to do a nice biopic on may be Madhubala ma’am, Smita Patil ma’am or Rekha ma’am, and do a psychological thriller,” says the actor, who is considering the TV and web offers that she have at hand.

“On TV I have mostly done smaller roles and reality shows. I don’t have the bandwidth to do a character for a year or so. Not demeaning anyone it’s just that I don’t have the patience and then my acting also becomes monotonous,” she says.

Meanwhile, there are rumours that she is in a relationship with actor Pearl V Puri. Ask about it and she says, “We’re good friends and we’ll always be. Let all these things keep circulating, I give a blind eye and deaf ear to them.”

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MS Dhoni’s success gives extra motivation: Sanju Samson on emerging from place with ‘no cricketing history’

Ranchi is no Mumbai or Delhi when it comes to cricketing history. Seeing MS Dhoni come from a city not known for its cricket and dominate at the highest level is certainly a big motivation for people from such cities who are aspiring to achieve success at the international level, according to young wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson.

Sanju Samson, who hails from Kerala, a football-loving state, has managed to make heads turn across the globe with his natural ability.

25-year-old Samson, who is in the mix for the India wicketkeeper-role in limited-overs, has said MS Dhoni proved to be an inspiration right from his early days in international cricket. Samson’s comments come after Dhoni retired from international cricket on August 15.

“Yes, Dhoni bhai has inspired all of us from the day he came to play for India in the first match against Bangladesh and then scored that famous century against Pakistan,” Samson told Gulf News.

” His success provides extra motivation for me as he came from Ranchi to become one of the all time greats of the game while I hail from Kerala – both places no cricketing history,” he said.”

Dhoni will continue to represent Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but his absence from the international scene puts the spotlight on the likes of Samson and Rishabh Pant who are battling for spots in the senior national team.

I am heading in the right direction: Samson

Samson played for India in January 2020, 5 years after he made his international debut. The Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman failed to impress in the opportunities he got during the home series against Sri Lanka and in the tour of New Zealand. With Rishabh Pant also flattering to deceive, KL Rahul sealed the wicketkeeper’s role in T20Is.

However, Samson believes he is headed in the right direction and doesn’t look to replace anyone in the senior national team.

”No, I don’t think of replacing anybody, all of us are trying to win matches for the country at the end of the day. I am just focusing on ultimately playing for my country,” Samson said.

“I have had a very good season in 2019 in domestic, India A and then for India. I have worked hard for the last 8-9 years in terms of my training, game and diet.

“At this point, I have a good 10 more years of cricket left in me and I will give it my best shot. I am headed in the right direction but have miles to go.”

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