After doing a splendid job as Jojo in the Netflix original, Sacred Games, Surveen is focusing on spending time with her baby girl, Eva. Motherhood is an important phase in a woman's life and the actress is currently enjoying every bit of it. As Surveen sipped her kahwa, we chatted about films, television, being a new mother and lots more.
Did you always want to pursue acting?
I actually wanted to be a doctor when I was in school. But after our 10th grade, we had to choose our stream. I felt I should do my MBA though I wasn’t clear why I wanted to do it. While in college, I said I am going to do Arts and go to Mumbai. But I still wasn’t very clear. It was only once I started acting, did I realise that that was what I wanted to pursue.
What do you think about people making a big deal about you playing a woman who 'swears on camera' even though it’s not when a man does it?
The reason you and I are discussing this in itself proves that this is what needs to change. Women get flak for choosing to speak some words, which we do on a normal basis. I feel it has become important to portray real characters now, more than ever; to portray them realistically, like how they would be instead of a “nice girl” or a “girl next door”.
Coming back to your work, you recently said that you don’t see yourself getting back to television…
To begin with, I was misquoted. The publication has quoted me saying, “television is out for me” and it sounds derogatory. I am agnostic to any medium. Wherever I find exciting content for myself, I go for it. What I said was that I wished television content changes because right now, I feel it is extremely regressive. Hence, I don’t want to do such content.