Mumbai: This OTT fame Actress-Singer gave some insights about her struggles and experience

Amika Shail is a young singer-actress who has worked on famous OTT web-series such as Mirzapur 2, Gandi Baat 5, and was a part of the movie Laxxmi. In a conversation with her, she gave insights about her upcoming web film 'Intention.'

Mumbai: This OTT fame Actress-Singer gave some insights about her struggles and experience

Amika Shail is a young singer and an actress who has worked on multiple OTT series and daily soaps. She was also a part of the movie Laxxmi starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani. Her first TV show was Udaan and has also worked in other daily soaps such as Divya Drishti, Baalveer Returns, etc.

She was a part of the two popular OTT series 'Gandi Baat 5' and 'Mirzapur 2.' Besides, she bagged a lead actress role in Alt Balaji's 'Hai Taubba Chapter 3.'

Recently, she will be seen in an upcoming web film, 'Intention,' with Ali Asgar. In an exclusive chat with Mumbai Live, the actress gave insights about her struggles, latest web film and upcoming projects.

Since she is a singer, we asked her if she gets a chance to collaborate with one singer who would it be, to which she said, "I would love to collaborate with A R Rahman. I am a very big fan of him, and from the time I was young, I used to listen to his songs. Rahman sir has always been my favorite."

When asked about her sudden shift from singing to acting, to which she commented that her acting journey began with a musical show. "They needed a singer-actor for that show, and they approached me. Although I did not get selected for that; it opened the doors to the world of acting for me. My first show as an actor was Udaan on Colors TV, and since then, there has never been a halt. The same goes for web series. They just came to me one after the other, and then I was also lucky enough to be a part of Laxmmi."

She has worked in 5 digital shows, and 2 television shows last year, and web-film being completely different to work in, we asked her to share her experience, to which she said, "All three are quite different from each other. If we talk about the OTT platform then, it is a fresh platform for all the aspiring artists and actors because it provides them equal opportunities to grow and shine. In addition to it, I would say that your physical characteristics and the resulting insecurities do not matter at all on the OTT platform, while in television or films, they have a set standard of beauty, and they would want their actor/ actress to fit into that mold."

When asked about her experience in working on TV soaps and how is it different than web-films she added, "So, the Udaan was my first daily soap which aired on colors TV. On the sets of a shoot, you tend to meet so many people, you make friends, you share your food, so it gives you a family kind of a feeling there. So it was a  great experience with Udaan. When it comes to Television, you do not get time to prepare. The script is generally provided on the day of the shoot. You have to be quick to grasp it and perform. Whereas for films you have a proper script reading session. You get enough time to research your character and then perform. So it is not impromptu."

Meanwhile, talking about her upcoming web film and her role as a lead actress, she said, "Talking about my character in this web film, it is called ‘Pranjal’ and she is a kind of a tomboy. I have never portrayed this kind of character in any web series to date. I am thrilled at the same time quite hopeful so that I can do justice to my role."

While sharing her experience of working with Akshay Kumar in her first feature film, Laxxmi, she said, "The complete sequence that I shot with Akshay sir is memorable. I play the role of one of the antagonists' girlfriend. I am completely smitten by the kind of person Akshay Kumar is. What could have been better than sharing the screen space with one of the most loved superstars of the Hindi film industry. Even though it was a small role in the movie, I was super excited about it."

Elaborating further on her struggles and experience of shifting to Mumbai from West Bengal, the actress expressed, "My decision to come to Mumbai was overnight. I realized that I will not be able to make a career in singing by just sitting in Kolkata. I conveyed this to my parents, and they supported me fully in this. I knew nobody and nothing about this industry. The cost of living in Mumbai is quite high. So I took up a job as a music teacher in a school. I use to teach from morning 6- 1, and after that, I use to start with the efforts into singing. I use to visit studios, call music directors, and I recorded demos for free. I used to come back home at 11 and then leave for school at 4 in the morning."

We asked her what kept her going despite facing rejections, and she exclaimed: "I believe rejections are a part of life, and you don’t have any substitute for rejections. I took rejection very normally I went with the flow. I always reminded myself that I had come to Mumbai to make a mark for myself, and I should not let such a situation hamper my morale." She said that her parents were a constant source of inspiration for her and they have always supported her.

Moreover, sharing a few words of wisdom for upcoming actors, she said that they should be confident and give their 100%. They should work hard with passion and be focused on whatever they do.

Sharing about what's in for her next, she told, "I am working on one of the top OTT platforms. I can’t reveal the name as of now because it is meant to be official, and I will talk about them when the time is right."

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