Yami Gautam says the film industry is a “consuming place” and can drain a person emotionally. The actor, who made her Bollywood debut in Vicky Donor (2012), 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, handle it and take it forward.
“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 and drain you emotionally,”.
The actor says being respected both by the fraternity and audience is more important to 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 said.
Hailing from a middle-class family, Yami says it is not easy to survive in the showbiz. “There is a certain vanity and entourage that comes along, 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 said.