Neha talks to us about her first day of work in a daily soap. She says, "The first day that I worked, I had no clue about what was going on. I arrived thinking I've to give a look test because they had called me under that premise. I was one in two hundred and fifty people who had turned up. Everyone got tired of waiting and I guess when there were about eighty people left, I too ran out of my patience and got up to walk out. But at that moment someone stopped me saying that my turn was just about to arrive."
Later it was like Neha got pulled into a sort of whirlwind. "I went up to give my look test where they started experimenting with various costumes and hairstyles on me. And then at this one point when I was choked with make-up, the EP came up yelling to send me for the shot. I was baffled. I was like- wait I've to give an actual shot now?!"
Neha goes on, "The first day was an absolute disaster. I had to repeat every shot several times. My make-up was bad. And I couldn't get the accent right. Then I met Smita ji who looks stern from the outside but is a gem of a person from the inside. She started helping me with the Bhojpuri accent. She toned down my make-up a bit and also helped with my costumes. I can say that Smita ji is my mentor."
There's one other person Neha is thankful for. "Raakesh Paswan, the writer of Bhagyavidhaata also helped me a lot when it came to understanding the nature of my character and the script. I'm thankful for having met such wonderful people on my first show," she signs off.
We hope Neha goes a long way from here…
Reporter and Author: Susan Jose