An interview with Surveen Chawla

The very gorgeous, bubbly girl from the City beautiful - Surveen Chawla began her career from television - from Chaaru in Kahin To Hoga to Kasak in Kasautii Zindagi Kay. She was also seen in the reality dance show Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena, with Indian cricketer Sreesanth besides being a host of ‘Comedy Circus ke Superstars’ on Sony. In 2011, she appeared in her first Punjabi film opposite Jimmy Shergill, named Dharti which got released in April 2011. This pretty girl also won the Best Female Debutante Award, for her role in Dharti. Apart from Punjabi films, she has also starred in Tamil ,Telegu  and Kannada films. After giving a great performance in Singh vs Kaur (2013), Chawla is now all set to enter Bollywood, with Vishal Bhatt’s ‘Hate Story 2’ and Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Ugly’.

An exclusive interview with Surveen about her journey from Vivek High school, in Chandigarh to the glam world…

Prakriti: How did it all start? Was entering this field, a planned, step by step process?
Surveen: No, it was actually by chance. As a child, I wanted to be a doctor, though I loved to dance and used to often choreograph my own dance numbers. When I completed my tenth, plans changed and I chose commerce and then I graduated in Arts. So, basically, my acting career wasn’t planned either.  It’s just that when I completed my graduation, all of a sudden I decided to become an actor and landed in Mumbai.  

Prakriti:Tell us something about your education ?
Surveen: My schooling till tenth is from Vivek high school, later till twelfth GMSSH-16, Chandigarh and then I graduated from GCG-11, Chandigarh.


Prakriti:How did you enter the glam world?
Surveen: As I landed in Mumbai after my graduation, someone suggested me to audition for Balaji Telefilms although I wasn’t really interested in television then. However, luckily I cleared my audition and my first shoot happened just three days later.

Prakriti: Being in Mumbai knowing nobody, what all problems did you face ?

Surveen: It was basically tough being a girl from a simple business class family with all the comforts and luxury to staying in a PG – suddenly away from your comfort zone! Initially it was a bit difficult to deal with people you have never dealt with.  I must admit that the city is harsh to someone so new to it. 

Prakriti: Is your family supportive enough?
Surveen: Yes, absolutely. I am lucky to have such a family. They are very chilled out, and supportive. What I am today, its because of my lovely family. The amount of faith they have in me gives me the motivation that keeps me working harder each day.

Prakriti: Tell us your perspective about the profession?
Surveen; One thing different about this profession is that you live in a world of ‘make believe’. What we see is not what is the reality most of the times. The profession is quite hard and glitiz and glamour are just one side to it, while working day and night is another. Regardless of how sad, depressed, disgusted we are in our personal lives , we always have to keep smile and act out the role according to the script.

Prakriti: You have been doing movies in so many languages. So, what extra efforts do you put in ?
Surveen: Yes, a lot of extra effort is needed. Being a north Indian and doing south Indian movies, the change in the accent is needed. For that, I sit back prior to my shoot, take my script with the help of a translator and first change the lines to English, then to Hindi and then after being fully prepared, I go for the shoot.

Prakriti :How do you feel being a part of Ballewood (Punjabi film industry)?
Surveen: I entered with Dharti and was awarded
the Best Female Debutante. It was a pleasure. This period is when Punjabi cinema is growing and I feel very happy being a part of it.  

Prakriti: What do you love eating ?
Surveen:I love baingan ka bhartha, I can actually eat it everyday 3 meals a day, 7 days  a week , 365 days a year. I hate junk food, love ghar ka khana when I am at home but when I am out, I want only non vegetarian food. And yes I have sweet tooth so often, my main course is a dessert meal only. Hence, I am a big Foodie .

Prakriti: Your favorite hangout places in your city?
Surveen:Nothing beats chat from Krishan chat bhandar sector 34, Vijay confectionary’s coffee, Sai sweet sector 22
Gulab jamuns, and yes I love sector 8.

Prakriti:Tell us about your upcoming projects ?
Surveen: In Punjabi, I am doing ‘Lucky Di Unlucky Story with Gippy Grewal. In Bollywood, I am doing Vikram bhatt’s Hate story 2 and Anurag kashyap’s UGLY which
is a very edge-of-the-seat thriller and at the same time, an emotional film.