Mahabharat actor Pooja Sharma: Lessons of the show relevant in times like these


Learn to not pressurize yourself at any cost. I was like we are human beings, and not human doing. And then of course, I read, watch things on the digital platform. Right now, we should utilise the time to work on our state of being. It’s a different feeling, but I am keeping busy with household chores, cooking and I am amazed at how much food I can eat (laughs). Do you think there is a pressure to be productive during lockdown? And more so because it happened to me overnight, in three days to be exact. Excerpts from the conversation. I have a theory for this. As for us, we would shoot in Umbergaon, and would have a huge number of people landing up there everyday. (Laughs) I don’t know. Even after six years, it is generating so much excitement, and that makes me really happy. I am my own person but I was not used to being alone during such circumstances. So many celebs have been uploading cooking and work out videos on social media. I think the people who decided to get these shows back, made a very sensitive decision. The soul of Mahabharat has lessons that are so relevant in times like these. Why do we give so much importance to doing? Pooja Sharma in a still from Mahabharat. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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Updated: April 29, 2020 1:12:01 pm

Pooja Sharma played Draupadi in Mahabharat (Photo: Instagram/poojasharma). The experience of working on Mahabharat was exciting in every way. It gives you hope and the power from within to rise above all crises. There would be school kids lining up just for a picture or autograph, and it was so cute. That’s the only explanation I have for this. Even before we watched these shows, we had heard some part of it as stories in our childhood. Since you all shot away in the outskirts, when did you realise that the show and you have become popular? Tell us something about the experience. Mahabharat was my debut show, and it will always be very special. In an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com, Pooja Sharma spoke about Mahabharat, its relevance in today’s time and what’s keeping her busy during the lockdown. And then the statistics of the premiere week made a record of sorts. You cannot predict these things. A former Miss India contestant, Sharma was seen playing the powerful character of Draupadi. In our culture, we have always been dependent on our stories to find means of hope and positivity. Working on the show is one of the most loved and blessed memories of my life. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Do you feel the re-run of Mahabharat would help you get visibility and in turn, bring more offers? It’s just about the opportunities. I have been coping well. Post the serial, she donned another strong role, that of Goddess Kaali in Mahakali: Anth Hi Aarambh Hai. What do you feel makes people connect with these mythological shows even after years? I have also become closer to family and friends, as a lot of calling is happening. In its second innings, the popularity is speaking for itself. We lived far off on the sets, and lived like a family. Honestly, I did not choose my roles, they chose me. And the enormity of the show hits me till now. How have you been coping with the lockdown? Just two shows in your career till now, what has kept you away from taking up more work? If someone gets happy uploading cooking and working out videos, they should. We would have to cover our faces and ride off in cars. You can watch them instead. Star Plus’ Mahabharat, that is currently re-airing, changed the fortunes of newcomer Pooja Sharma. It was a normal day for me to have 150 actors around. I remember post Mahabharat, everyone met and someone kept asking what will you do? The enormity of the show was evident with how it was talked about even when it hadn’t launched. Her impressive performance and strong screen presence made her a face to be reckoned with. I always wanted to be an actor, but before I knew anything, I was on board. Mythology has been part of our culture and ethos. I am currently just happy that people will get a chance to watch it. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Mahabharat was your first project and it turned out to be a success.