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I never feared being written off: Yami Gautam

Yami will be seen in 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' -- which talks of electricity theft in rural India -- portraying the role of a lawyer.

Mumbai: Yami Gautam says she will keep giving her best till the time she fulfills her dreams. The actor has experienced failures in her career but she never feared being written off. She made a successful debut with the National Award winning film Vicky Donor in 2012, post which some of her projects — except for Badlapur and Kaabil — did not work at the box office.

“When the films didn’t work, I never feared being written off. I had other fears to deal with. What if I attend an event and the media asks me ‘so and so’s film did well, yours didn’t’, what will I say, how will I handle it. I was too vulnerable, sensitive,” Yami told PTI.

“I didn’t know how to be myself or be comfortable with the fact that it happens. You just have to accept it. I never bought my ticket to Mumbai, I earned it. I believe I was called for this and I won’t leave till I achieve my dreams,” she adds.

Post the success of Vicky Donor, Yami was suddenly in the spotlight, but the actor says it took her time to adapt to the new life. “I think adaptability is really important in the industry specially when you’re a newcomer and are not conditioned to this kind of setup. I was never the street-smart kind, I would never express myself so easily.”

Yami will be next seen in Batti Gul Meter Chalu directed by Shree Narayan Singh and produced by Bhushan Kumar. The film which talks of electricity theft in rural India will feature her as a lawyer.

The 29-year-old actor is happy that she is finally playing a different character, which does not have any Bollywood heroine cliches. “What I’m doing here is something I haven’t done in any other film. I’ve realised it’s very dated to calculate your role or your screen presence. The impact of your role matters.”

Yami also has Uri — a film based on the Uri attacks co-starring Vicky Kaushal — about which she says that her sense of picking up a film has evolved.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu, co-starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, is scheduled to release on September 21.

(With inputs from PTI)

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