Of German descent and having a vernacular accent is film and theatre actress – Suzanne Bernert. You may recognise her from hit films like Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, No Problem, Iti Mrinalini (Bengali), or in TV shows such as Kasautii Zindagii Kay as Doris Bajaj, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai as Martha, Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat as Queen Helena, to name a few. Along with a vast range of films, this talented artist has also done several multilingual plays.
Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, on TV, stage, or in movies, they have all been exciting projects and I feel blessed. I do not say it was easy but today I am who I am because of every challenge along the way.”
Speaking about her love for acting, she says that it was her passion since childhood. “If it counts then my earliest performances were puppet theatre and dances in front of my parents and extended family, and later in school at every opportunity.” With the support of her family, Suzanne decided to take a three year acting course when she was 16. This encouraged her to look beyond the horizon. According to Suzanne, the movies she has done in India has helped her reach an extraordinary place in her life, despite the accompanying difficulties. She explains, “Being German (I think this counts for every foreign artist) there were adjustment problems. Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, on TV, stage, or in movies, they have all been exciting projects and I feel blessed. I do not say it was easy but today I am who I am because of every challenge along the way.”
For anyone wanting to enter the industry, start with theatre. There is no better base to build on.”
Since the past few years, Suzanne and her husband – Akhil Mishra, the very talented and renowned theatre and film actor have been managing the theatre group – ‘Vijeta’, which is currently working on producing their latest Hindi play. It is quite a big hurdle to cross over an ocean, and establish oneself in a foreign country, that too in multiple languages. Accepting bold and challenging roles is one of Suzanne’s fortes. One of her most popular stints is her role as Queen Helena in Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat, which gained her a massive fan following in Indonesia and India. For Suzanne, it was one of the most difficult roles she had to play. “It was very difficult because of the chaste Hindi, the costumes, the sheer scale of the project, and it was my first negative character in ten years of being in the industry!”
However, with all the on-screen projects that have come her way, Suzanne Bernert maintains the advice she herself adhered to: “For anyone wanting to enter the industry, start with theatre. There is no better base to build on.”
Presently she is in her home country of Germany, celebrating Christmas and enjoying the holiday season with her husband and parents. Suzanne looks forward to the new year of 2017 with many opportunities and projects coming her way.