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When talent takes over

Old-school family, no exposure to TV, films; nothing stopped Kanika Mann from becoming what she is best at—an actress

When talent takes over

Kanika Mann

One look at the cute, lovable Panipat-born model-turned-actress Kanika Maan and we all know that she is full of confidence. Here’s a candid chat with Kanika on her personal and professional life:

Did you always want to become an actress?

Coming from a very traditional Haryanvi family, I was never allowed to watch television, movies or go out for plays with my friends, so acting never came to my mind.

Share your journey from Panipat to Mumbai.

While studying in college, a lot of people came up to me and told me that I should act or at least do something on screen. That is when I took a big step of doing a music video without telling my family and thankfully it came out well.

Was your family supportive?

Even though my family first was not very supportive but eventually they realised my talent and now they are very happy with my role and the character that I play. My sister is my biggest fan. She tells me everything from where I went wrong in a scene, what could I have done better to what pictures I should share on social media.

What has been the turning point in your career?

TV show Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega has been the turning point in my career. It got me attention in a high way. It is amazing to be a part of this industry.

What do you have to say about your character Guddan in the show?

Whatever I am today is because of this character. I really got lucky as the character is very similar to who I am in my personal life as well. Guddan and Kanika both are chirpy, bubbly and like to talk a lot. This year I have promised myself that I will do more such things that make me feel connected to my real self.

What diet do you follow to stay fit for the role?

I do not follow any diet. I just eat home-cooked meals and my favourite is dal-chawal. One thing that I do, which is very simple, is that I do not drink water while or after eating. Apart from that, no such rules.

What does fashion mean to you?

For me fashion is a blend of style and comfort.

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