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My survival doesn’t rely on movies: Ameesha Patel

Actor Ameesha Patel, who started her career with two blockbusters Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and Gadar - Ek Prem Katha, says her decade long journey in Bollywood has not been easy.

bollywood Updated: Oct 05, 2011 01:02 IST

Actor Ameesha Patel, who started her career with two blockbusters Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and Gadar - Ek Prem Katha, says her decade long journey in Bollywood has not been easy.

The 36-year-old star, who is turning producer, has had a mix run in the film industry, but blames it on the insecure nature of showbiz.

“Bollywood is a difficult place to be in. People here scrutinise you after every film. Also, you can’t ignore the ‘camp factor’. You are also expected to get extra special with your hero. These are some of the things that I have never learnt over the years,” Patel says. “I thought that talent and merit should be good enough but things didn’t turn out to be so rosy. But then it’s okay because now I am back to living my passion,” she adds.

Patel’s last release, the long-delayed Chatur Singh, which also marked her return to Bollywood after a gap of three-years, failed at the box office. But the star remains unfazed and recently launched her production house. She has even roped in directors David Dhawan and Priyadarshan to direct two films, which she will produce and star in. “Films that I am making with David (Dhawan) and Priyan would boast of a certain standard,” she says.

“My survival is not dependent on movies. After doing some brilliant films in the past, I can’t afford to do something mediocre just because someone tells me that ‘this is what that sells’,” she adds.