Shweta Gulati on how her screen character made her ‘more accepting, less judgemental’

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By Ahana Bhattacharya
Mumbai, Aug 9 |
Popular television actress Shweta Gulati has opened up on how new kinds of content on digital platforms in the present time is offering actors a good scope of work including playing realistic and relatable characters.

Talking about the same, Shweta told IANS: “Anthology films come up with characters so real. In TV, every character is either too good to be true or too bad. I don’t find it real. In our daily lives, nobody talks or dresses up like that. I think we overdo everything, be it emotions or presentation.”

“The web has opened up the space for more real and relatable characters, stories and social issues. That itself is quite exciting for actors like me who have been around for so long and yet not gotten that chance to play more real characters,” she added.

However, the actress does not blame show makers on television as she feels they have to create content as per audiences’ demand.

“Maybe a set of audiences whose life is so mundane, they want to see something which is probably not real. But then there are audiences who cannot relate to that. That’s the audience we cater to through our web shows and anthology shows where it is more relatable and you’re dealing with real people,” the actress explained.

On the work front, Shweta features in the anthology digital series ‘Crimes and Confessions’. Shweta plays the character of a makeup artist in a story titled ‘Shame Shame’.

“My character’s name is Rekha. She is the personal makeup artist of a yesteryear actress. It is an all-women story set in an older period. I’ve not played this kind of a role in the 18 years of my career,” informed Shweta.

Quizzed on what kind of preparation went into playing the role, the actress replied: “I had to do a bit of homework because this character is something I’ve not played before. (In real life) I do my own makeup and, in the film, also I’ve done my own makeup. But playing a makeup artist’s character, her personal turmoil, her journey in the story, that was challenging for me.”

The actress also revealed how her screen character Rekha has impacted her as a person.

“Once you watch the story, you will know that we are not very open and accepting of every person’s personal choice. When it comes to relationships, career etc we are very judgemental people. I think this particular story and character has widened my approach towards people’s personal choices in every form. It has made me more accepting and less judgemental,” she said.

Quizzed on the similarities and differences Shweta shares with her character, the actress informed: “Rekha is very forgiving. I might forgive a person on the face and let go momentarily, but if somebody has hurt me or disappointed me, it stays with me. That is something which Rekha is equipped with. She is a very forgiving and giving person. I am giving but not forgiving. That’s the biggest difference and similarity I share with the character.”

‘Crimes and Confessions’ streams on ALTBalaji.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal

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