Yami Gautam: “Film Industry Is A Consuming Place, Can Drain You Emotionally”

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Yami Gautam says the film industry is a “consuming place” and can drain a person emotionally. The actor says the key for her to stay sane is being able to hold her own guard. “It can either take one film or more for someone to be up there. There is no formula for it. When you are up there it is about how you survive and how you handle it, how you take it forward is important. At one point I was a newcomer and there will be new people coming in, if I look left, right and centre I would not be able to focus on my work. It is a very consuming place, it can absorb you, it can drain you emotionally,” Yami, who made her film debut with 2012’s Vicky Donor.The actor says being respected both by the fraternity and audience is more important for her than raking in money. “Respect is important. For me, it is more important to be respected as an actor. If you are successful, money will come. If money is the basis to do films, it won’t work. I have come here so far in a very hard way, I have come step-by-step but I never had money as a driving force or priority,” she says.Hailing from a middle class family and to be in a high maintenance profession, Yami says it is not easy to survive in the showbiz. “There is a certain vanity that comes along and the entourage that comes with you, they are your team. It depends on what you are comfortable with. I am extremely simple when I am not working. Some things do not matter to me. I am not a high maintenance person,” she says.In her last release Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Yami was seen as a lawyer and in her next Uri: The Surgical Strike she plays the role of an intelligence officer. She says taking up different roles is all about “breaking the mould of a Hindi film heroine”.

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