As Tara Sutaria warms up to the spotlight, she reveals her love for the big stage and her desire to blaze a trail in cinema and in music
Everything— from her fuss free nature to her beguiling eyes and perfectly proportionate face—makes the seemingly delicate Tara Sutaria an attractive force. It’s been a brisk day on set with the up-and-comer’s continuing romance with the camera producing one striking photograph after another. Soon after pack-up, she wastes no time in wiping off her make-up and slips into something that is less couture and more comfortably her. A piping hot cup of tea (possibly her fifth by now) awaits her as she settles into her seat. After having spent her morning in a distinctly glamorous avatar, she sits across me barefaced—and yet, just as enticing. Having made a fairy-tale debut in Bollywood with Student of the Year 2 (2019), Tara is now parlaying her jumpstart debut into a thriving movie career.
Outfit: Pankaj & Nidhi, Accessories: Necklace: Khurana Jewellery House, Earrings and rings: Kishandas & Co
Remarkably so, just months after her much-hyped film, Tara awaits her second release— Marjaavaan(2019) directed by Milap Zaveri starring Sidharth Malhotra and Riteish Deshmukh. She’s also starting work on her third feature film, which will be directed by Milan Luthria; it’s a romantic action flick that will mark the launch of Ahan Shetty. Exciting? Yes! But for Tara, it’s all just been a blur. “It’s surreal,” she claims, describing her year so far. Full of gratitude, she shares, “At the start of 2019, I didn’t even imagine that I’d be working on three films this year! While it has been hectic, it has also been such an exciting process to read so many scripts with each character narrative so different from the other. And even with so much going on with my movie career, I want to add to my work, musically as well.”
Outfit: Mishru, Accessories: Necklace: Jewels of Jaipur Rings (right hand): Anmol, Maathapatti: Kishandas & Co, Ring (left hand): Khurana Jewellery House
For someone who has just arrived on the scene, she holds her own with a rather calm and confident disposition. “I don’t get intimidated easily, but I am a reticent person. Thankfully, most people from the fraternity have been warm and welcoming. It’s been a smooth transition,” she shares. As she adapts herself to Bollywood’s culture, what Tara finds reassuring is the thriving fraternity of female talent. “It’s a proud and strong time for women—with respect to every aspect of entertainment and filmmaking as a whole. From acting and singing in them to producing and directing them—there’s no better time for a woman to be a part of this industry. There are so many inspirational ladies in cinema today and it’s humbling to be in their company; to be able to work with and learn from them.”
As cinema balloons across mediums and industries, the nature and scope of work has intrigued Tara. “It’s an interesting time for crossover work—not just globally, but within India as well. We’ve got talent—be it writers, actors, directors— from different segments of cinema working alongside us and it’s motivating and promising,” she points out. Early on in her career, Tara was driven by a desire to perform on the big stage and entertain an audience; now, she believes that destiny had a big role to play in her Bollywood dream.
Outfit: Zara Umrigar, Accessories: Necklace, earrings and bangles: Khurana Jewellery House, Haathphool (right hand): Kishandas & Co
“For the longest time, I thought that I would grow up to be a singer; but the way my movie career kickstarted—it was all meant to be! Today, my life has changed completely. There are so many factors that come into play, but essentially hard work, talent and of course, your destiny are what will get you to where you want to be,” she believes. From a teen Disney India star to Karan Johar’s ‘student’, Tara knows now that she is exactly where she was destined to be.
The erstwhile television child artist is now a professionally qualified opera singer, trained dancer, and movie star. Her range of talent proves the expression—‘once a performer, always a performer’.
Photographs: Nuno Oliveira, Hair & Make-Up: Daniel Bauer, Styling: Lynn Lobo, Outfit: Shantanu & Nikhil, Accessories Necklace: Kishandas & Co Haathphool (Right Hand), Ring (Left Hand) And Bangles (From The Wrist, Bottom Three And Top Most): Khurana Jewellery House, Bangles (Fourth, Fifth And Sixth): Jewels Of Jaipur, Creative & Art Direction: Gopalika Virmani, Location: Havana Café & Bar, Mumbai