Gracing us with her melodious voice, talented actor-singer Neha Sargam was the latest guest on SAGspotlight – a series by the Share and Grow Initiative. Giggling away, she spoke at length about her the start of her career. From auditioning in Indian Idol season 2 and 4 to bagging her very first television show, we traced her journey into the limelight.
While conversing with the host of SAGspotlight, Himanshu Ashok Malhotra, Neha Sargam divulged that she has stage fright and is especially shy when it comes to singing. She feels extremely nervous when on stage and Himanshu Malhotra pointed out the irony that she actually plays Anarkali in the live action play Mughal-E-Azam. To that, she quipped:
“I have shared this fact with my director and he told me, ‘then you must be a very good actor as you never let me know (that you are nervous)!’”
During a segment of the SAGspotlight, Himanshu Malhotra asked Neha Sargam to close her eyes for a few seconds. He then proceeded to ask her a question, “Who is the person who has hurt you a lot that will take you a while to forgive?” She replied that while several people have hurt her, she
wanted to mention a particular incident in her childhood.
“Once in my childhood (I had a bad childhood), I was sexually abused. And I have not shared it because till a certain age I was very skeptical and nervous that this was a very bad thing that happened to me and I shouldn’t be talking about anything. But I think this is wrong and shouldn’t be
happening. If anyone can learn from my experience and can get any moral support from my story, I would like to give them that.”
Neha Sargam detailed that this abuse happened when she was barely four years old and lasted for a year. She feels that those incidents ruptured her childhood but have shaped her to be the person she is today. Her strength when she talks about this deeply personal event in her life is incredibly admirable.
The vivacious and energetic personality of Neha Sargam is infectious and the host, Himanshu Malhotra can’t help but laugh along with her throughout the episode of SAGspotlight. Himanshu Malhotra’s calm demeanor and relaxed vibe have made it easy for celebrities to open up about their lives.
We cannot wait for the next episode of Share and Grow Initiative!
You can view the complete episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIvFjxTvz3A