Evelyn is an Indian-German actress, philanthropist, and Founder of Seams for Dreams & WIP Creatives. She debuted at age 17 with the Hollywood film “Turn Left” and got her breakthrough moment in Bollywood with Ayan Mukerji’s 2013 blockbuster “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” (YJHD) opposite Ranbir Kapoor, produced by Karan Johar. Evelyn also got the opportunity to debut in Tollywood with mega blockbuster film “Saaho” alongside Bahubali superstar Prabhas. After a few years in the Hindi film industry, she now got more than 15 films in her kitty!
Right, it’s sort of impossible to avoid, but diving straight in – we were wondering how your professional life has been affected by the pandemic, the ongoing issues with coronavirus?
Professional life is seeing drastic changes, as it has shifted to the virtual world altogether. Digital technology has definitely helped in converting in-person meetings to virtual meetings. The charm of face to face meetings and conversations is missing from virtual meet-ups, but safety first. We have to embrace this new change. I do miss going on a shoot and events and hope that we can all step out into the new normal soon!
What’s it like where you are?
It’s super quiet as everyone is homebound and it is the government’s orders to not leave the house unless on essential business. At first it was a welcome change to slow down, but now i feel we are all ready to take up our used speed of life again! In Australia we will be able to open up slowly starting this week. Thankfully due to everyone staying home the number of infections of Covid19 has come down a lot.
What does an average day look like for you under lockdown?
My daily schedule is a jumble of work and home commitments. I have been keeping myself busy with work. I feel this is the best time to indulge with activities that make us happy. Most of my time I spent with my family and due to this lockdown I am able to get back to gardening and have been growing my own vegetables in the garden. I also do miss my team in India a lot, so we connect virtually almost every day. I’ve discovered that this is the best time for me to dedicate myself to scriptwriting!
How are you dealing with this sudden change in lifestyle?
Life, in general, has been reduced to having a cautious approach until the threat of the pandemic goes away. Lifestyle is changing and is going more digital. Each one of us has to adapt to the new lifestyle as we all are sailing in the same boat. It’s all about strengthening your immunity now and moving forward into the new normal.
What are the important lessons you have learned during this time?
We need love. We need care. We need a community. I know it’s hard to be isolated. But this is not solitary confinement. It’s simply staying at home. So make sure you call your family and friends, set yourself a new routine, and stick to it.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your life and/or career?
For now, we are expanding Covid19 relief efforts with my non-profit organization, Seams For Dreams. I’m also planning to take my creative agency WIP Creatives to the next level! As part of our mission is to help aspiring talent and start-up brands, we have been offering workshops at our office, but with the current worldwide lockdown, we are looking for the best ways to continue this mission online. Our network of friends and industry experts have joined hands with us to prepare to engage online sessions, with answers that burn on every entrepreneur and influencer’s heart right now. So make sure to check out both these two websites www.SeamsForDreams.com and www.WIPCreatives.com or simply browse through www.EvelynSharma.com!
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing?
The most surprising thing I’ve realized during this period is we can connect virtually with our close ones all over the world. Social distancing is for our own good but it may get boring at times. I think the key is to plan your day well and get into a routine. Start with your daily chores for small moments of success like doing the dishes and making your bed. Finally, take out some time for new hobbies, read a book, or learn something new in an online class. And spend time with your family and friends. If you can’t do it in person, call them up!
Did you develop any new interest or hobby or learn a new skill during this time?
Lockdown has really helped me to work on my hobbies at this time, I always wanted to learn about gardening and to have my own garden which I was not able to do earlier in my busy schedule with the shoot. I am loving to maintain my little garden which I have in Australia. It gives me so much happiness to see the seeds I’ve sown grow each day. I’m becoming a specialist in growing chilies because my fiance Tushaan loves chilies in every meal! We need to grow more! I also often find myself reading. It is the best way to keep your mind from idling away.
What income-producing work have you lost due to the pandemic?
Of course, live-events is a thing of the past right now! I miss performing at weddings and other fun events! For us entertainers this is not only the best part of our job, in a way, this is also our bread and butter.
What’s your favorite music/song at the moment?
My favorite music genre besides Bollywood music is reggaeton and Latin music. It always gets me shaking my booty into a good mood!
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation?
I think it is necessary for all of us to stay positive during this time and hope for the best. Our lifestyle earlier this year was quite busy and hustling. This is the perfect time to get a new hobby that was left behind or come up with new business ideas. This is the time we can plan and organize our things for the future since we won’t get enough time to plan as we go back to our normal life. “Let’s cherish and enjoy our time together”.
What 3 things could you not live without under lockdown?
My fiance Tushaan Bhindi, my garden, and my mobile which helps me to stay connected with my loved ones and my team in India.
What are you missing most about the outside world?
I am missing Germany, my home town, and of course India a lot, especially Mumbai where I have been living for the last 10 years. I’m missing colorful vibes of the city and my fans. How can I forget to mention, shooting for movies, which I loved the most!
What are you most looking forward to doing once the lockdown is over?
Looking forward to getting back to India and start shooting for my upcoming comedy movie. I am also looking forward to meeting my dog Bhucki and cat Luii who is eagerly waiting for me to come back to give them a big snuggle. I’m glad they have found a new home with my dear friends in Mumbai!
How do you think life will be after Covid-19?
I don’t think anyone of us would have the correct answer to it since each of us is going through this pandemic for the first time. I often wonder if things will ever be the same as they were before this pandemic. While I can’t be certain, I imagine they won’t. One of my hopes is that we as a human race will reevaluate the life we used to live and prioritize what is important, such as quality time with family and friends. I can’t recall how many weeks we’ve been enduring physical distancing unless I actually sit down to think about it. The days seem to blur together, and the time at home seems similar today to what it was yesterday, and to the days before that. I feel it will be more of a virtual world. And of course, I hope everyone will commit to a more sustainable future! This is a chance for us to start again, so let’s do this right!
Finally, your message for us at CP magazine.
Stay Safe & Stay Home!