Be Positive, Be Hopeful, and Be Ready to Face Rejections - Lataa Saberwal (Television Celebrity)

Lataa Saberwal

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.  

I am Lataa Saberwal. I was born and brought up in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, but I have been staying in Mumbai for the past 20 years, so it has become my city now. During my graduation, I was occupied in some tasks with Doordarshan and Theatre. Post that, I had shifted to my cousin’s place for a vacation. 

A few of my friends were already staying here. Once we were talking casually and they told me about some audition happening nearby. They insisted me to visit the place, and it worked. 

Then, I had my first show with Nitish Bhardwaj, a well-known artist. In case you don’t know him, let me tell you he has played the role of ‘Krishna’ in the older version of ‘Mahabharata’. So I played the role of ‘Draupadi’ in the show named ‘Gita Rahasya’.

2. Did you ever think or dream of doing a TV show? 

Honestly, no! I came into acting unexpectedly. But when I started acting, I enjoyed my job a lot. I had this thing for learning and education. Then, I had backed a few main leads like that in the show ‘Jannat’, which was my first daily soap as ‘Gita Rahasya’ was weekly. 

I would talk about the most popular show ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’, thankfully, this show would go on for so long. But, to be honest, I had never imagined it would flourish this way. 

Of course, I feel extremely happy that this show is still prevailing. We are further doing a kind of sequel, that is, ‘Yeh Rishte Hain Pyaar Ke.’ I am so glad to be a part of this show, and yes, it has something very positive.

3. How can one approach their career and have the confidence and belief to make it on a TV show? 

See, if I’d to talk about the approach to career, I would say, Be ready for rejection first of all, since this is extremely important. If you are not strong enough to face rejection and dejections, it would be quite difficult to survive in the industry considering the cut-throat competition. 

I mean, some so many people are trying their best. So whatever you are doing, not only television, you are supposed to give your best. Because whenever you think of giving 1% less even, things do not work, you have to give 100% to your job. 

I would suggest, Be positive, be hopeful, and be ready to face rejections, that if I am rejected for a particular role, I would give my best regardless of rejection. Analyzing your stand and the current level is very necessary.

4. If not this, what would you be doing?

If not this, I would be a trainer or teacher as I love doing that. And if you are not aware, I am a certified nutritionist and an image consultant. I train people through personal coaching. 

Apart from this, I organize workshops and, somehow, I love spreading education. And I would have been ended up being a trainer or a teacher.

5. For a complete outsider with inroads, what advice would you like to give?

For a complete outsider, I would first like to say you should first get some formal education about the industry or television. You can take up some acting courses but go through the basics. What happens, people come with big dreams and then feel shattered for unfulfilled dreams. 

So, first of all, keep your education part ready to avoid problems of lacking required professional skills. After the formal training, you would get the knowledge of your profession. 

As I always say that be hopeful but keep your Plan B always ready. Sometimes, it takes unexpectedly much time to get a role as it depends if you get fit into the vision of the writer or director.

6. What is your mantra of success? 

I shared a video regarding this on my YouTube channel. So, my mantra of success is to not compare your success with anyone else’s. Because I have observed, every time we keep on comparing our success and achievements with other people. But I always believe everyone has their journey, life. 

Situations and experiences. So whatever you did in a particular situation was the best. It is quite important to consider that you did your best at that very moment. Even if you feel low at times, you should just go back and look at your life how you achieved everything. 

And, just tack your joyous moments and the way you overcame difficulties you faced as everyone cannot have some kind of life. See what your life had been and where you have reached. Stop comparing yourself since dwelling yourself into this hurts.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I am an avid reader, so there is a long list of my favourite books. But out of them, there are two books that I have read. One is Robin Sharma’s ‘5 am Club’ because I have been getting up at 5 am daily for ages to over cowed and do my stuff. To get my ‘Me Time’ and to learn and upgrade myself. 

I like the logic behind everything mentioned in the book. Another book that tops the list of my favourites is Vishen Lakhiani’s ‘Buddha and the Badass’. 

Interview by - Sejal

Edited by - Anshul Chauhan

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