She is an exemplary and ace TV actress who has proven her mettle and credibility as a versatile performer with some of her best path breaking performances in TV serials like Ek Haseena Thi (Star Plus 2014) which was also the official TV debut of Bollywood actor Vatsal Seth and then next she proved her adaptability into any unconventional and out of the blue character in the critically acclaimed horror thriller genre webseries Gehraiyaan made by the master craftsman and midas man of this genre, ace prolific director Vikram Bhatt which had released on Viu India in 2017. She is one of the most stunning and brilliant performers we have in our Indian TV industry today. Currently receiving the love and accolades from everyone for her debut film performance in Taish, Sanjeeda reveals all about facing rejections in Bollywood.
Few days back on 29th October 2020, she did her official Bollywood debut with the critically acclaimed director Bejoy Nambiar’s Zee 5 original full feature length film / 6 part episodic webseries Taish which became a huge hit with the critics, fans, netizens, audiences and twitteratis who are literally applauding and hailing her wonderful performance as Jahaan in the film alongside the hunk and dashing ace actor Harshvardhan Rane who played the role of Paali and spoke fluent Punjabi / Haryanvi dialect in the thrilling yet beautifully weaved multi layered captivating thriller love drama film. IMDB has rated this Zee 5 digitally premiered original film / webseries as 8.7 out of 10 making it second highest rated film there after Dil Bechara. At present, basking in the unconditional love from her fans, family and friends for Taish, Sanjeeda reveals all about facing rejections in Bollywood.
This movie marked the official bollywood debut of TV actor Sanjeeda Shaikh who is known for her stellar performances in TV serials and web series. Having proven her credibility and mettle as an actor who can portray diverse roles and pull them off quite effortlessly on the TV and in the OTT world, now she has become a part of the Bollywood film industry. She is a fabulous dancer as well who has set the stage on fire with her graceful yet mesmerizing moves and charmed the hearts of the TV fraternity, critics, audiences, fans and her friends as well. Apart from the critical acclaims and rave reviews she has been receiving from the TV fraternity, Bollywood film fraternity, Netizens, Twitteratis and fans for Taish, Sanjeeda reveals all about facing rejections in Bollywood.
On the work front apart from Taish, she has also starred in a recent Netflix film called “Kaali Khuhi” alongside stellar actress Shabana Azmi, Satyadeep Mishra and others. The film revolves around the grave and important issue of female infanticide which has been receiving very mixed critical reviews from media critics and film fraternity.
During her recent interview with a leading digital Indian entertainment website when asked about her entire journey from TV to films and if she faced any rejections in both the industries along with how challenging was it for her to do this character in Kaali Khuhi, Sanjeeda said, “At this stage of my career, I would rather do something challenging as an actor, because I have done so much TV in my career, I wasn’t able to satisfy the creative side in me. So, I am glad I took this up and was very happy with the way it has turned out”.
In the same interview when she was asked about how socially relevant and important is the movie Kaali Khuhi to our society today, Sanjeeda told, “There is a great message to it. Whenever you work on a project, which ultimately also teaches and highlights an issue of grave importance, what better than that? Female infanticides are common in our country and it is our way to bring this in the foray and hope people learn from it”.
Furthermore, when in the conversational chat interview with her, when Sanjeeda was asked about how difficult it was for her to make a transition from TV to films, the Taish (Zee 5, 2020) film actress said, “I will be honest, when they actually called me for the audition of Kaali Khuhi, I refused it initially. I told them I belong from TV, you will call me for auditions and like me but eventually, you will go ahead with someone else. I did not want to disappoint myself again. I had been disappointed before with a couple of my auditions where I got selected and then rejected. I said no, hence. Also, Netflix as a medium is so big, there was no way I believed they would cast me. I did have my apprehensions about doing a test also for them because of my experiences but they convinced me. I am glad I did. But you are right, it was difficult a couple of years back for a TV actor to make a mark in films and do substantial roles. But, thankfully I would like to thank OTT platforms which have given opportunities to actors irrespective of the medium they come from. I believe TV has such great talent and work hard”.
Lastly, when she was asked about her experiences on dealing with rejections in both Bollywood and television industry, Sanjeeda spilled the beans and quipped, “I think what phases I had was that initially yes, I felt bad. I won’t say that I took it with a pinch of salt and I was okay with that. No, it wasn’t like that but yes, this motivated me to work harder. You know your caliber, I know that I am very strong-headed and if I decide to do something, I want to see it happening. I obviously chose the right part to do it in a certain way and kept giving my audition with a certain kind of hope. I think rejection has to be dealt with a certain way, with age and maturity, you start dealing with things differently. Say 7 years back, I wouldn’t have dealt with rejections the way I deal with it right now”.