THE INSIDE STORY
Femina|April 2021
TARA SUTARIA GETS REAL WITH SUKRITI SHAHI IN A CANDID CONVERSATION ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS, LOCKDOWN LEARNINGS, AND AN UPCOMING YEAR OF EXCITING PROJECTS
SUKRITI SHAHI

Some people just have it. Tara Sutaria, for one, because, apart from her luminous skin, impeccable style, and the fact that she’s abundantly talented, also has an eloquent personality. Her charm is intriguing, to say the least, and all these different, layered facets add up into one stunning ‘student’.

The 25-year-old actor, who is currently working on several interesting projects, learned to take things easy during the lockdown. The last year was spent spending time with family, on self-musings and introspection, as she reveals, “It’s nice to be with myself. I also spent a lot of time with my family and closest friends, which I didn’t get to do before because I was working a lot.” That’s her ideal form of unwinding—being at home and enjoying a hearty meal with people who matter. Sutaria also says she used her time at home to reconnect with herself. “What I have learned during this period is that it’s really important to get back to basics and connect with myself. Communicating with oneself is imperative. One thing I realised is that it’s fine to let go, not work, be alone, and just be with yourself,” she muses.

While she uses the time that she gets to spend at home constructively, life is also different without her sister, Pia, being around. “Since my sister is away, things are different. I am accustomed to having her by my side. Growing up as twins, we tend to do things together, so it is strange to not have her around,” she adds with a hint of nostalgia. “But that’s the cool part about growing up! It’s hard for sure because I miss her a lot, but I think it’s fantastic that we both are pursuing our dreams. Staying away, you become stronger, tougher and it makes you value your relationship much more.”

Just three years into the industry, Sutaria learned the importance of keeping it real relatively early in her career. While it’s hard to miss her when she’s on a screen, her demeanour off-screen is known to be calm and poised. She’s unfazed in front of the camera or when conversations try to delve into her personal life. This is because she’s understanding the art of striking a balance between being in the public eye and keeping her close relationships sacred. “I’ve been performing on stage almost every weekend of my life since I was 12. I was really young, so maintaining relationships and keeping things going have always been important to me. It’s a continuous process,” she explains. “I’m proud that I’ve managed to keep all my relationships intact ever since I was a little girl. It’s important to balance your personal and professional life. Something that I’ve always focused on is not giving more importance to either one, because that is the only way to have a fulfilling and satisfying life.”

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