I Started Auditioning for Shows, and Got My First Break With Balaji - Tapeshwari Grewal (TV Actress)

Tapeshwari Grewal


Well, to become an actor, one should definitely work on their craft.  Being a part of theatre groups or attending workshops definitely helps in honing the art. But specifically if one wants to be a part of Television shows, one has to audition. 

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am your typical small town girl. Born in Odisha, did my schooling in a boarding school in Rajasthan, Graduation from Symbiosis, Pune and then came to Mumbai to do a management course in HR from NMIMS. Through it all , the main aim was to become an actor, that was the dream but finishing my studies was as important to me as it was to my parents. In Mumbai I started auditioning for shows ,and got my first break with Balaji. And then I kept auditioning and kept getting shows . 

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

Yes, I had always wanted to be an actor. I was  an active participant in the dance and drama field in school functions. And Eventually wanted to come to Mumbai to be an actor. It was definitely not easy, coming from a small town and from a conservative family. But my parents have been extremely supportive of everything I have wanted to do. So when I finished my studies and got this opportunity , my parents were with me through my struggle and helped me in every which way they could . 

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

Well, to become an actor, one should definitely work on their craft.  Being a part of theatre groups or attending workshops definitely helps in honing the art. But specifically if one wants to be a part of Television shows, one has to audition. 

Sometimes it's easy for some people to get roles and sometimes it takes years . A lot depends on your craft, on your patience, on handling rejections and trying to be better. In audition what helps is understanding the character that one is auditioning for, being thorough with the lines, feeling the lines that you are about to say .. Having said all this, I do feel a lot depends on luck as well. 

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

If not this then I think I would have been doing a corporate job , since I had done a course in HR management . But I would have definitely left it sooner or later because being an Artist is where my heart is . 

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

My advice for an outsider would be to be prepared to work hard, to give 100's of auditions before getting any role, to be able to handle rejections , to have perseverance. It definitely helps if your family supports you . And to keep working on your craft . 

6. What is your mantra of success?

Success Mantra from what I have learnt is Hardwork & being at the right place at the right time. 

7. Which is your favorite book and why?

I don't read much but I like Roald Dahl's short stories , 'The laws of the spirit world ' by Khorshed Bhavnagri & 'Chicken Soup for the Soul'. I like to read stuff that inspires me to either be a better & stronger person or something that helps me learn something new. And short stories are fun when you are in the mood for something light. 

- Tapeshwari Grewal

Interviewed by - Gurleen Kaur

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