Unleashing the power through
her performance - Sayani Gupta

We have always been fascinated by stories at One nought One One. This time around, we decided to share those stories with you as #1011records!

It takes immense courage to break stereotypes, smash norms and stand out. Through our journey, we have met several people who stand out for a statement they said, a trip they took, an animal they rescued, a book they read, or an accessory they wore. They have stood out for their journey, for their story. And we wish to record and share their bold and spirited stories through our jewelry.
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Sayani Gupta is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. Her unique blend of talent, tenacity, and fearlessness has captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide. With her striking looks and captivating presence, Sayani has redefined the traditional standards of beauty and femininity in Bollywood. But it’s not just her physical appearance that sets her apart. Sayani’s willingness to take on challenging roles and push boundaries has earned her critical acclaim and a dedicated following. Whether she’s playing a complex character or using her platform to advocate for social justice, Sayani always brings her authentic self to the table. In a world that often rewards conformity, Sayani Gupta stands out as a bold and inspiring trailblazer.

1) Did you always want to become an actor? If not an actor, what would you have done?

From a very young age, I had a strong desire to pursue acting. Many actors say the same thing, as though they always knew they wanted to pursue this career. For me, it began with performing on stage at a very young age, with my first performance being at three years old. While education was always a top priority for my academically-inclined family, extracurricular activities such as dance, music, elocution recitation, theater workshops, were an important part of my upbringing and education. Although I always knew I wanted to become an actor, it was not something I discussed formally, as it felt like a taboo topic in my middle-class family. However, my father did encourage me to attend NSD in Delhi, and although I ultimately pursued theater at a young age, becoming an actor remained my ultimate goal. While I also had an interest in pursuing civil services or becoming a detective due to my ability to solve cases, I was also fascinated by human behavior and psychology, which has proven useful in my acting career.

2) What is the best role you have played & why?

I don’t think you can have any best role like that

3) Where did your love for cinema stem from?

Growing up as a Bengali, watching Bengali films at home was a regular occurrence, with the works of Ray, Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Buddadeb Dasgupta etc. being common fare. However, two of my uncles played a pivotal role in broadening my cinematic horizons. One of my father’s best friends had an extensive collection of over 4000 VHS tapes of world cinema and films from across the globe, which I was exposed to at a very young age. It was a form of exercise for us to watch films of different kinds, including those from Bergman and Bresson. Although I didn’t fully comprehend these films until much later when I attended FTI, this exposure to global cinema was instrumental in shaping my love for the art form. Another uncle was an ardent fan of Hitchcock and horror films, which I wasn’t particularly fond of, but it still expanded my cinematic palette. In addition to my uncles’ influence, the theater scene in Calcutta also played a role in my cinematic education, with my mother taking me to see English films like Dunston Checks in etc. While Bollywood films were not allowed in my household, my mother was a fan of Rekha and introduced me to many beautiful films from different eras.

4) What is something about jewelry that you like?

Jewelry has always been a beloved item of mine. I’m not quite sure what prompted the question, but it has been a constant presence in my life thanks to my mother’s penchant for adorning herself with beautiful pieces that matched her saris every day before heading to the office. I have been fortunate enough to inherit some of these lovely items from her collection.

Sayani in our Oriental Poppy hoops


Sayani in our Rene neckpiece

5) Who are your fashion icons?

While I wouldn’t necessarily say that I follow anyone in particular, I do have a deep admiration for Audrey Hepburn, whose style and grace have stood the test of time. Additionally, I find myself drawn to the old heroines of Indian cinema, such as Rekha, Sharmila Tagore, Sadhna, and Vyjayanthimala, who were all truly fabulous in their own right.

6) One piece of accessory in your closet you can't do without?

I would say my heart ring, a ring I wear all the time. I got it from Italy, I quite love it

7) If you were to make a film, what would it be on and who would play what?

I can’t tell you I am going to make a film, hopefully soon. I can’t tell you about it because it’s going to happen soon. Touchwood all fingers crossed.

8) You are a trained bharatnatyam dancer, what is something it has taught you?

One of the things that I have learned from my experience is the importance of discipline. I strongly believe that every girl and boy should receive training in some form of classical dance and music. Our country has an incredible range of classical art forms, and learning them can transform how you move, how you respond to things, and how you understand your body. It can improve your sense of rhythm and overall personality development. I am personally grateful to my mother for enrolling me in a dance school at a very young age.

9) You love traveling. which is one the places you would like to visit before you die?

OMG there are too many places I actually want to go to 190 countries. That’s my dream. So hopefully all of them die before I die. But definitely, in my current bucket list right on top is Northern Lights and Japan.

10) Top 5 artists on your playlist?

Carla Bruni, Prateek Kuhad, George Ezra, Bob Dylan & Johann Sebestian Bach

11) Name 3 women you look up to and why?

There are many women that I find inspiring for different reasons. Irom Sharmila is someone who gave her life fighting for justice, which I find incredibly powerful. Medha Patkar is another woman who inspires me. Additionally, Priyanka Chopra’s success is also inspiring because she has achieved it on her own terms. I also find inspiration in my girlfriends who are all amazing and brilliant at what they do, as well as the women in my family, including my mother, grandmother, aunts, and grandaunts. They have all played a significant role in shaping me into the person that I am today.

12) How did you get to know about One Nought One One?

I became enamored with one of your pieces after wearing it. It struck me as incredibly chic, avant-garde, and outside the norm, and I grew to love it deeply. My stylist, Shreeja, was the one who procured it for me.

13) In one of your interviews, you have said that you are a perfectionist. What is perfection according to you?

I believe perfection is unattainable, but striving for excellence in everything is important to me. Whether it’s cleaning a table or completing a project, I like to see it through with full dedication and attention to detail. I find satisfaction in finishing a task to the best of my ability, regardless of whether it’s a paid job or not. Over time, I’ve realized the value of completion and how it brings a sense of comfort and grace to everything. It’s a mindset that I think has a certain divinity to it.
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Sayani in our Leon ring.

Pictures clicked by – Sayani Gupta
Location – Mumbai, Maharashtra

A huge shoutout to Sayani for doing this! Only & only love <3

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