Yami Gautam in a still from 'Bala'. Photograph:( Twitter )
In an exclusive chat with WION, Yami talks about her journey in Bollywood since her impressive debut in 'Vicky Donor' in 2012 to her her latest hit 'Bala'.
Yami Gautam made an impressive debut in Shoojit Sircar's 'Vicky Donor' back in 2012 but it took her a while to find her footing in the film industry. While she was part of several big-budget films in the following years, including films like 'Badlapur' and 'Kaabil', it is 2019 that the actress gained maximum success with two hots. She starred in two of the biggest blockbusters of the year- 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' at the beginning of the year and ended the year with a bang in 'Bala'.
Finally getting her moment under the sun, Yami admits that it took her a while to get due recognition but she worked very hard for it. "It took a while to get roles, films that challenge. It's not been an easy journey for me especially because I was on my own. But that's also the fun part and I enjoy it. The journey can be tough but when you know the kind of films, roles you want to do- it happens. You work hard towards it, but the wait has been worth it," said Yami in an exclusive conversation with WION.
Yami admits that while she earned a lot of praise for her performance in 'Vicky Donor', the offers that followed were not exciting. "Maybe I was typecast you know," she rues. "I was called dainty, pretty and most people imagined me doing something similar(like ' ' 'Vicky Donor').
(Yami and Ayushmann in a still from 'Bala')
"When you realise that you are being considered only for certain kinds of roles- you work towards breaking that stereotype -it is important to come out of that image.
"I had faith, I know what potential I hold and it's just a matter of time before filmmakers realised that too," adds Yami.
Yami is currently basking for her performance in 'Bala' which also starred Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar. The movie did great business at the box office earning over 100 crores in the domestic market itself.
Yami played a small-town tik-tok star Pari, for whom validation on social media is very important and who fall in love with Bala, played by Khurrana. Her performance has been appreciated far and wide and Yami gives credit to writers of the film. "I think director Amar Kaushik and writer Niren Bhatt should be given credit for creating such an interesting character. We worked on the diction. I read the script thoroughly just to imagine her backstory because that is very important. A lot has gone into it to make Pari such a fun character. "Didn't have a number in mind but knew that as a concept this would work with the audience."
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"Not too many roles are written for women in comedy so I was very excited to play Pari in 'Bala' since I had not done anything like this before. The kind of person I am- I'm miles away from how she is. When I got the role, I thought 'this is an opportunity to show my versatility on screen,'" adds Yami.
Yami started her career on TV and doesn't rule out working on the web- the next big thing provided it's a 'mindblowing role'.
She will be next seen in 'Ginny Weds Sunny' opposite Vikrant Massey. "He is a terrific actor," she says and adds, "The genre is romantic -comedy meeting slice of life film. I think its a fresh take on new age romance. It is set in Delhi, I play a Delhi girl but very different from my role in 'Vicky Donor'. Its been quite fun filming it."