Shama Sikander’s shocking revelation: “I almost took my life!”


Shama Sikander, the acclaimed actor, has confronted and conquered depression and bipolar disorder, emerging even stronger. Resonating with the theme of her notable show, “Ye Meri Life Hai,” she stands as the superstar of her own life narrative. Despite gaining recognition and a fan base through her web series “Sexaholic” and “Maaya: Slave of Her Desires,” Shama’s journey has been far from effortless. From a challenging childhood to a tumultuous entry into the world of entertainment, she found herself ambushed by inner demons. Shama has faced it all with resilience.

“At one point, I had given up and come close to the brink of death. I urge anyone experiencing similar emotions to hold on! Eventually, you will see the light and discover your true self,” insists Shama, now healed and actively realizing her dreams one by one. Despite persistent plastic surgery rumors, Shama Sikander remains undeterred.

Masala: Taking a journey from a small town in Rajasthan to the glamour of the spotlight is undeniably commendable. Did the challenges you faced during those initial days bring out a strong survival instinct in you?

Shama Sikander: Absolutely, those days were incredibly tough. They forced me to discover who I was, understand my strengths and weaknesses. Initially, I viewed life only through my own perspective, but now I can see it from many angles. The hardships taught me to be kinder and more grateful. I express gratitude to the Universe for everything, including the difficulties I endured.


Masala: After your initial films like “Prem Aggan” and “Mann,” was playing Pooja Mehta in the show “Ye Meri Life Hai” (2003-2005) the turning point for you?

Shama Sikander: The film industry’s work environment was somewhat toxic, so I chose television. Portraying Pooja, the girl-next-door in “Ye Meri Life Hai,” brought about a 360-degree change. Before that, people made fun of me, taunted me. Afterward, they started saying, ‘we knew you’d be a star one day.’ The world began seeking my opinions rather than offering theirs. I received overwhelming love from audiences.

Masala: Your role in Shashi Ranjan’s “Dhoom Dhadaka” (2008) earned you accolades like ‘molten hot.’ Did such recognition make you feel validated?

Shama Sikander: I don’t need to be labeled as ‘hot’ to feel validated. I know my worth. Numerous adjectives can make you feel validated, and being ‘hot’ is the least of them. My priority was to work with a good team, and Shashiji’s team was a positive one. I wanted to explore comedy as I was going through a period of sadness during those days.

Shama Sikander