Sapna Pabbi rose to fame as Anil Kapoor’s daughter in the Indian version of the television series, 24 and made her Bollywood debut earlier this year with Mahesh Bhatt’s Khamoshiyan. The young actress tells us about her journey to success and her soft corner for fashion – that includes all kinds of jewellery.
When did you decide that you want to be actor?
I have always wanted to be an actor ever since I was about five years old or maybe even younger. I come from a strict Punjabi family based in England. My father wanted me to study well and get a ‘decent’ job. However, mum and I were always sneaking off to stage shows and child role auditions. At the age of 16, I decided to put the dream of being an actor behind me and took up a regular job. Eight years later, a friend who I had worked with previously, called me for a TV show audition in Mumbai and that was it. I quit my job and landed in Mumbai as my father finally relented.
Is Bollywood all that you expected it to be?
Not at all. I found it to be a very lonely place. There seems to be a lack of professional loyalty which cannot be seen from the outside. I do love it but you have to work just as hard as you would in any other field. It is tough here and is not as smooth sailing as it appears to be.
Being in the show business, you are constantly surrounded by a bevy of designer clothes and lust-worthy jewellery. Do you accessorise your outfits even on your day off?
Yes. I am an absolute fashionista and love to accessorise my outfits with jewellery, hats, bags and shoes, but I make sure that the overall look is effortless.
Have you inherited your jewellery aesthetics from your mother?
My mum is very desi and simple. She stays true to her mangalsutra and her gold bangles. I too have my own anklet that never comes off and my pukhraj (yellow sapphire) ring. Being in London, I did not know much about Indian jewellery. As a child, I would drool over the store display at Tiffany & Co. on Old Bond Street. Once I came to India, I got acquainted with kundan jewellery.
When did you purchase your first jewellery piece and what was it?
The first thing that I ever bought was a Pandora charm bracelet at the age of 16. I had a weekend job and saved up for months to buy it.
Having been brought up in London, do you prefer modern silhouettes or traditional Indian jewellery?
I love both. In Indian jewellery I like kundan designs, and simple classic pieces when it comes to contemporary jewellery. I am also obsessed with fashion jewellery. If I am wearing a simple dress then I may team it up with a heavy neckpiece but if the outfit is already too busy, then I just put on ear studs.
Which is your favourite jewellery brand?
I love Bulgari, Cartier and Aaron Faber.
One piece of jewellery that you will never part with…
My Tiffany bracelet that I received as a gift on my 21st birthday.
One piece of jewellery that is on your wish list…
Aaron Faber’s infinity sapphire ring.