She has mostly played antagonistic roles in TV serials. She has won millions of hearts with her talent and also with the noble work she does for dogs.
We are talking about Jaya Bhattacharya who comes across as a completely different personality compared to her reel life.
The actress, who was in the Chandigarh on Wednesday to launch Mumbai-based Grace Acting Academy, talked about her acting journey, and more.
“My journey has been amazing. I have been lucky to have met good people in my career so far. I feel blessed that there was always work for me and I never had to go ask for work, and I wish I never have to in future. And I would want to keep working with talented people,” she says.
Currently seen in serial Thapki Pyar Ki, she adds, “I am not going to leave acting. Something or the other will surely keep me busy. If not television then may be a film. I also do some projects with Doordarshan.Acting wasn’t really a first career choice for Jaya. “I was a metric pass out. I was teaching as well as studying when I was offered to perform a ‘Holi’ song for a telefilm, as I am a trained classical dancer.
“Later, I was offered to play a role in the telefilm, and after that there has been no looking back. I feel blessed,” she says.
The actress shares special love for dogs. “I am very passionate towards animals, especially dogs. I wish to own my own animal farm one day. I already feed around 70-75 dogs every day, and have been doing this from the past 10 years. All that I earn, I earn for them, because most of my money goes into feeding and taking care of stray dogs.
“They love you unconditionally. And this has really taught me a lot in life. I wish I keep making money and keep spending it on them.”
If acting offers had not come her way, Jaya would have probably joined the Indian Army. “I am a very ‘Dabangg’ kind of a person. When I was in my growing up years, girls were not allowed to play with guns. But if given a chance I would have rather play around with guns.”
Calling herself bold, she adds, “I am not scared of anything. Whatever I do, I do it in open. I don’t shy away from saying the truth. What is right is right and what is wrong is wrong. And many a times I don’t have to do much, my eyes say it all. At times only a look does the work.”
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