Yami Gautam drew all the stares with her fab debut in Vicky Donor. Here meet the ambitious newbie
Hailing from small town Chandigarh, Yami didn't dream that she'd face the camera one day. "I was studious, an introvert, who wore braces," she laughs. "Once in school I had prepared to recite a poem on stage. I blanked out. I quickly said something and ran away."
Post her schooling she cracked the entrance test for Bachelor of Arts and wanted to study further to become an IAS officer. That she's a firebrand comes as a surprise. "On Valentine's Day in college, some seniors tried to disrupt our class. I told them to get out and told my professor that I was going to sit in the class," she laughs. "I used to scare all the boys away. When someone tried to propose to me I complained to my professor and the boy got a beating he'll never forget." Her plans of studying further were disrupted as destiny had already played its cards. "My uncle gave my photographs to a production house and I received an offer to do a teleserial," she recalls.
Yami was 20 when she moved to Mumbai. The mega city was no less than a culture shock. "In Chandigarh, 'good girls' would be home by 5pm and I was one of them," she smiles. "Mumbai has no limits. Everything is larger than life; buildings, malls. You take an hour to commute from one place to another. If you're lost, very few can guide you. It's annoying sometimes." All said and done the city of dreams has made a special place in her heart. "What Chandigarh gave me Mumbai can never and what Mumbai has given me Chandigarh can't," she smiles.
On the personal front, the actress has no love life to boast about. "I know it's my age to experience love but I don't believe in frivolous relationships." says she. "Everyone says I'm crazy because I have this one man-one woman picture in my head. But I believe in that." She adds, "Love is a word I use with caution. The idea of relationships is deteriorating. I come from the old school of thought. I know a girl who left an important film because her guy didn't want her to do it. I can't do that. I'm only answerable to my parents." I tell her by not falling in love, she's protected herself from a lot of heartache and she laughs, "Maybe I must've given it to someone instead by turning him down."
Films and success have helped the shy Yami Gautam open up. "Today I'm comfortable having a sandwich and coffee while being interviewed. I wasn't comfortable doing that a few years back," she says. "If I had done theatre and then films, it would've been a natural progression. But I've come from nowhere, like a pleasant surprise," she smiles.
She's my anchor. I tell her everything with commas and fullstops. She had said that if I wanted to do films, I should give it a shot rather than regret not trying five years later.
John Grisham, Paulo Coelho, Jeffery Archer and Khalid Hosseini are my favourite authors.
I have trained Bharat Natyam. Personally it's therapeutic for me. When you're good in one creative form, it helps being good in others too.