TALENTED actress Ira Sone has balanced a career in television with overcoming personal challenges. She has delivered impressive performances on screen and plans to do even better in the future. Eastern Eye caught up with the small screen beauty to talk all things television.
Which TV shows did you enjoy growing up?
I don’t think there is a bigger show than Friends ever made and I still watch it. I also watched a bit of Kasauti Zindagi Ki, especially because I was in love with Mr Bajaj. I think Ronit Roy did such a fantastic job and looked dashing. I had a teenage crush on him.
How did you feel seeing yourself on TV for the first time?
I was so nervous, anxious and excited. There was so much going in my head. I wanted to know how people around me would react to me being on TV. To my surprise, it turned out great and I got a great response, but was nervous.
How do you look at your journey on TV?
My journey has been full of ups and downs. I literally mean that. I did some really good shows and then suddenly I had a no show for years, but everything I did, I enjoyed, so there are no complaints.
What has been your most memorable moment?
It has to be my first day on the set. I still remember Rita Bhaduri ji and Sachin Dev sir comforted me. The whole feeling of being on the set was amazing, exciting and one of the most memorable moments in my life.
What project gave you the greatest satisfaction?
I think Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto was very challenging because it was the only time I was playing positive in my TV career. It was so satisfying that Sandip Sikand sir believed in me that I could play a positive role so well. So, yes, Ishmeet from that show was a satisfying character in my career.
Tell us, how do you cope with the demanding work schedule?
We don’t cope with it, but just deal with it. If you love what you do, you don’t complain. Yes, there are days when you want to go home early, but you also understand the shortcomings of your work – that you are not the only one sitting out there and not a victim. So I look at it as I am doing something I love doing.
What have you binge-watched recently?
I binge-watch a lot of shows. I am in love with Money Heist, which is amazing. Another show was Made In Heaven and I just fell in love with Jim Sarbh. He is so sexy in the show.
Tell us, do you have a dream role?
Yes, I want to play a biopic and that would be a dream come true. My dream role is to play Indira Gandhi.
What are your plans?
My plan most definitely is to work more on TV and be seen more on digital platforms. To be connected with the audience. So the overall plan is to just focus on my career.
What inspires you?
Life, people and everything that goes around me inspire me. I am a strong believer that everything around you helps you shape up to become what you are. So I am very mindful of what surrounds me. I am very picky about who I am with, so I can learn and adapt and be a better human being or an artist. So everything that surrounds me is inspiring.