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Filmfare|September 2021
JITESH PILLAAI INTERVIEWS MARATHI BEAUTY AMRUTA KHANVILKAR, WHO DISCUSSES HER TAKE ON LIFE AND MORE...
JITESH PILLAAI

Amruta Khanvilkar has made a name for herself in Marathi cinema for close to a decade now. Hindi audiences know her from Raazi (2018), where she played Alia’s sister-in-law and in Malang (2020), where she had a supporting role. She became a household name nationwide when she participated in Nach Baliye 7 in 2015 along with husband Himmanshoo A. Malhotra and the couple won the competition. She also appeared in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 (2020). Though she didn’t win the reality show, she still made the viewers root for her through her resilience and tenacity. Amruta has seen many ups and downs in her life and career and has always come up smiling. Presenting excerpts from a no-holds-barred interview with the feisty actress...

You didn’t have work for two years. An actor’s life is filled with ups and downs and a lot of uncertainty. How do you heal?

I was a very stubborn child. I believe that if I hadn’t been in this industry, I wouldn’t have known terms like humility, gratitude and patience. I feel that God has literally pushed me into this industry so that I realise the meaning of all these terms. Gratitude, humility, patience and consistency are so important in your life. Somehow, the actor that I’ve become has shaped me as a human being. And the person that I’ve become has also shaped me as an actor. If you get a cough and a cold, the doctor gives you a course of five days and your body heals. But what about the mind? My parents were so busy making a living for me and my sister that they did not have time to sit and tell us how to live life. They showed us through their examples whatever they could - they tried their best. But for every next generation it is important to know that when you put your mind in stress it is also necessary to heal it. I’ve always listened to my doctors. Nowadays, I seek the advice of an Ayurvedic doctor. I stopped allopathy right after Nach Baliye. I changed my lifestyle, I started reading more, and listening and watching the good stuff. Positive thinking is not something that you wake up to one day and think, today I’m positive. No. It is food for your mind. You have to keep feeding it and that is how you get your energies cleared and that is how you rise in your vibrations.

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