The world of entertainment is forever buzzing with newcomers who catch the attention of the critics with a mere glimpse. Such is the case with Tanya Maniktala too. The actress has impressed everyone with her performance in the BBC’s miniseries A Suitable Boy, alongside Ishaan Khatter and Tabu. To be directed by Mira Nair in her debut miniseries itself, was an opportunity not to be missed. And Tanya grabbed it with both her hands. We caught up with the newcomer for a quick chat on her experience of working on the project with Mira Nair. Read on…
Tell us about your first interaction with Mira Nair?
My first interaction with Mira Nair was over a Skype call. I had poor network and the call wouldn’t connect. But she was so patient and when we finally connected the conversation just kept flowing. Her passion for the book (A Suitable Boy) and the characters really left a mark on me. I knew I just had to be part of this project and get a chance to work with her
How was it working with Ishaan Khatter? Tell us two of his on-set habits?
Watching Ishaan work is something else because he is so hardworking and he brings so much energy to everything he does, it’s just amazing. You could spot him either grooving to his playlist or just goofing around somewhere.
Tabu is one of the most revered actresses of Bollywood, how was the experience of working with her?
My first interaction with Tabu ji was on the day of our table read, where almost the entire cast had come together for the read through. Even though I couldn’t see her face I was so awestruck because of the way she emoted through her voice.
Tell us your toughest day and your most memorable day on the sets of A Suitable Boy?
The toughest day for me was when we were shooting at the tanneries in Kanpur. It was just the weather, the odour and the heat all adding to each other . It was also the most memorable one for all the same reasons. There was a general fascination and I felt like I’d experienced something more than I could ever have imagined.
Directors/Actors you aspire to work with in the future?
Too many of them. I would love to work with my Suitable team again for sure and just so many more.
What according to you, sets you apart from other newcomers in showbiz?
I don’t know. because truth be told everyone is so hardworking and has put so much of themselves into their work. But I’m hoping that people see the heart and the truthfulness in my work because that’s one thing I really want to put across.
If given an option, which Bollywood remake would you want to star in?
I’d choose Masaan, just because of all the emotions it made me feel when I watched it. It would be an honour to connect to the audience on the level, this movie moved me.
Name the Bollywood actress you admire the most?
Vidya Balan, Sushmita Sen, Konkona Sen Sharma are actresses that I have had immense admiration for from the very beginning.
What is one thing you wish didn’t exist in showbiz?
Celebrity worshipping. I feel it’s too overdone.
Describe your debut in one line…
To quote The Beatles – ‘Hey Jude, don’t be afraid/ You were meant to go out and get her’. So, I’m trying to let go of the inhibitions and make a ‘sad song’ better.