Esha Gupta admits that filming Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz 3D was a traumatic experience because after falling in love and singing one song, her character in the chiller-thriller is hurtled into a nightmare that results in her being thrown around by a spirit, beaten up and even slipping into a coma.
“In the Raaz sequel, the glam quotient is less than 20 per cent. For the most part, I’m running around scared and crying… nose leaking, mascara streaking, hair flying,” reminisces Esha who, still being new to showbiz, wasn’t acting. Her crying was for real. “I’d take some time out before a shot to psych myself, and once I was in the dark zone, I was lost.”
Sometimes, her non-glycerine-meltdowns got her applause: “Once I turned crazily emotional in front of a cast and crew of 200, and after the shot was okayed, everyone started clapping,” she smiles. Sometimes they gave her the chills: “Once, when I was in front of the camera, I had a wardrobe malfunction. Vikram was quick to shout ‘Cut!’ but I was still crying and oblivious to the fact that my dress was slipping off. Bipasha (co-star Bipasha Basu), who was watching, realised what was happening and rushed her hairstylist and make-up girl to stitch up my top and fix me up. My make-up man, Shaan, told me about this in my van later when I was back to normal and it only made me love Bipasha that much more.”
Esha makes her debut in Jannat 2, a film on illegal arms trading. Did she get to handle guns? “No, only Sonu Dilli (Emraan Hashmi) got that chance, but once I did hold an AK 47 that my cousin’s bodyguard was carrying. It was heavy,” she says. “Someday I’d love to do a gun-toting action movie like the X-Men or Lara Croft series, maybe even Mr And Mrs Smith.”