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When Tara Sutaria started out—in Disney shows as a 14-year-old, a decade ago, and then in musical dramas in college—she had little idea that Bollywood would be next. She had been a thespian all her life—singing and performing for as long as she can remember, but taking up acting, and that too in the movies, was new even for her! Today, she's a year into her impressive metamorphosis from a child artist into a leading lady, faring smoothly, and ready for whatever's next. And our cover star isn’t afraid of failure. “Earlier, I would wonder if I was afraid,” she tells us, “but now I know that I’m not! I’m not the kind of person who'd let failure get to me.” Also, her formative years as a performer have stood her in good stead. “I was painfully shy growing up, but being on stage helped me open up, she explains. “Haven’t I become so much more chatty in the last one year?!” she laughs.
When Tara first sat down with Cosmo, exactly 12 months ago, she was just getting started in the film business, having finished her second release, Marjaavan, after a rousing debut the same year with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year 2. Over the course of this one year—largely a pandemic-struck paradox that is both fleeting and yet the longest year ever for most of us—she has made steady progress, both personally and professionally. Tara has gone from “hoping to find someone soon” the last we spoke, to “having a wonderful time” on the relationship front now. From “wishing to work in a musical” to “getting to sing” in her next movie. There is also a smattering of lockdown-induced realisations on the side—the 24-year old has had little to complain, and much to learn.
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As we chat, this time remotely and across cities, the young actor shares with Cosmo all that she’s looking forward to— in life, her career, and the world at large!
Cosmo: Welcome back, Tara! So, how has life changed since we spoke last?
Tara Sutaria: “Thank you! I was so new to all this back then...to the industry, to the many things that were taking place in my life! I’ve got a bit more perspective since, about who I am, both as a person as well as an artist. Also, I understand the business better now...and what I want and don’t want. I’ve signed a couple more films, and have had a ball working! But then the pandemic brought everything to a standstill. And that changed things drastically, both professionally and personally...like for everyone else the world over.
But despite it being such a bane, it has been a huge boon as well—because we finally got time to do things that we were putting off earlier. We found time to sit with ourselves and introspect, time to be home, with our loved ones. I’m very grateful for it all. I’ve also realised how important it is to live and do things in the moment. As we can see, life is very unpredictable!
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