Sanya Malhotra - Shades Of Love
Brides Today|October 2021
Actor has found the greatest love of all: for herself. In an intimate tête-à-tête, the 29-year-old speaks about heartbreak, strength, and her Netflix release, Meenakshi Sundareshwar...
Radhika Bhalla

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Sanya Malhotra is single and loving it. It’s not often you hear an actor speak about their relationship status with such candour, but if there is one quality that the 29-year-old embodies, it is of quiet confidence. These past two years, Sanya has been through a great level of self-reflection and personal growth, as she tells Brides Today...the catalyst was a four-year-long, long-distance relationship that ended right before the lockdown. However, the silver lining shines bright, the pain belongs to the past, and life is looking optimistic and exciting for her. And with it, Sanya is ready to get out of her comfort zone... From building up the courage to ask a man out for a date to learning to place healthy boundaries, read on to appreciate how Sanya is welcoming a new phase of her life.

Brides Today: How have your views on relationships evolved?

Sanya Malhotra: “I’ve been single for a while now, and my focus has shifted to ‘me, myself, and I’. I’ve been working on my mental health and taking care of myself. I’m truly glad that I got this time to work on myself and get to know myself better, because when you’re with someone, one’s attention gets divided. I’m 29, single, and I think I know myself pretty well.”

BT: That is such a wonderful space to be in. What inspired you to take such an important decision?

SM: “I think break-ups are hard for everyone. That is what pushed me to really work on myself. My last break-up was heart-wrenching for me: a four-year-long, long-distance relationship that began when I lived in Delhi. Right after we ended things, the lockdown was imposed and I was alone in Mumbai. But I took the time to process the situation and understand why things didn’t work out. I also understood that I needed to work on myself, and that I wasn’t getting the time to do that. So last year, I went in for therapy, wrote a lot about myself, and created journals... I am truly grateful that I got the time to work on the experiences that weren’t good for my mental health. 2020 was a good year, the year of healing for me.”

BT: What did you learn most about yourself?.

SM: “I never realised that I don’t know how to strike boundaries in relationships...you see, one isn’t taught these qualities while growing up. The concept of healthy boundaries wasn’t in my system at all! But I nd it so inspiring to see people talk about boundaries and mental health these days, especially on social media, and I follow many such accounts. These brave voices have inspired me, and I hope that whoever is reading this gets inspired to work on themselves and get help if they need to.”

BT: And what did you learn about relationships from therapy and introspecting?

SM: “The value of communication, especially when you’re in a long-distance relationship. Whenever my former partner and I got to spend time together, we were always trying to have a good time. But now I realise that it was equally important to address the issues that came up along the way.”

BT: Coincidentally, your latest movie Meenakshi Sundareshwar is also about a long-distance marriage...

SM: “Yes, and I think both Meenakshi and Sundareshwar are really good at it, they know how a long-distance relationship should work. I like that they communicate what issues they are facing in the relationship. I think the movie came as divine timing for me as well! [Laughs]”

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BT: Which relationships have inspired you?

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