Jhanak Shukla, who is fondly remembered as a child artist who played Gia Kapoor in Kal Ho Naa Ho and as a robot on the TV show Karishma Kaa Karishma, feels “already retired” because she “deserves nothing “. The former actress revealed in a video by Brut India why she stopped acting despite playing several memorable roles in the early 2000s.
“I’m already retired, my parents say, because I don’t work as one. I chill. I make soaps. I am grazing. I write sometimes. And I’ve made my masters so I think, “It’s okay,” Jhanak said in the video.
She added that if she kept playing she would have missed out on living a normal life. “I was extroverted because I had a lot of contact. Now I’m the opposite. I am very still. After a while, I said, “Okay, too many socialmediagossips are coming up to me.” I liked that too. But sometimes I felt like I needed my space. If I had played now, I would actually have objected, because I like to take a walk on the street. So that would have been very difficult, “she said.
Jhanak, the daughter of actor Supriya Shukla, first appeared in 2003 at the age of seven. The love drama Kal Ho Naa Ho shared the screen with actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan and Sushma Seth. She played Zinta’s younger stepsister who is fighting for her grandmother’s (Seth) acceptance.
Months before Kal Ho Naa Ho, Jhanak had become a household name when he starred in Star Plus’ show Karishma Kaa Karishma, an Indian remake of the American series Small Wonder.
The actor also starred in the television shows Son Pari and Hatim and later in 2006 in the thriller Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante starring the late Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, before leaving for a life far from the spotlights respectively.
“I wasn’t tired of acting. I was 15-16 years old and thought, “I need to relax now.” I worked a lot in my childhood. But my parents let me take breaks in between. I went to school regularly and did my homework and everything. It was fun, but somewhere I missed a small part of my childhood. So my parents also said to me, “Take a break now.” This is somewhere where I lost track of acting. And I started to find history interesting. I’m an archaeologist, ”said Jhanak.
All 25 now, Jhanak revealed that she may not deserve anything at the moment, but she is content with life. “When I was little, I thought that when I was 24, I would earn a lot. I will be married and settle down well. I’m 25 and I don’t earn anything. But my parents support me a lot. They say, “Relax until you know what you want to do.” I know what I want. I need money, that’s the problem, to even do anything I want (laughs). “
Jhanak concluded by announcing that she would work in a museum in New Zealand and later settle in the country.