“Koi labbo mere vaaste munda (Help me look for a boy for myself)! I’ve heard of the famous Gehri Route over here that works like a Punjabi Tinder,” says Bollywood actor Neha Dhupia, who was in Chandigarh to promote her audio talk show in which she interviews celebrities from tinsel town. The name of the show? #NoFilterNeha is just what the doctor ordered for free-flowing conversations and a peep into the ‘unfiltered’ side of celebs.
The ‘Dasvidaaniya’ fame actor, who just launched her production company, made quite some noise with Ranbir Kapoor’s interview in which he opened up like never before. So what’s the recipe of her success? “I’ve always been like this. It’s my personality to be ‘no filter’. The best conversations happen when you make people comfortable. I don’t ask typical questions. We gather all our information from friends and family.”
But it’s easy to open up when the world’s not watching. To this, she says, “Yes! First, there’s no makeup! No cameras. People don’t get intimidated. Yuvi (cricketer Yuvraj Singh) came in shorts, while Anurag (filmmaker Anurag Kashyap) turned up in track pants.”
‘PROTECTIVE OF MY GUESTS’
So what’s the best part about inviting celebs to her talk show? Neha says, “You know, they come in with a lot of suspicion in the beginning which is fine. I just don’t want them to be cautious,” adding that, “not all of them opened up at once. Getting to know them before the show helps a lot because I can protect them then. If they say something that shouldn’t be on the show, I hold it back.”
So does that mean they sometimes give out wrong information? “Assi gunjaaish hi ni chhadte (We don’t give them a chance). If they say something wrong, we catch them at it because we have all our research material sorted.”
So how does she choose her guests? “It’s their potential to unfiltered. I want to be stuck in a battle of wits where they should come out shining.”
WOMEN MAKING IT BIG
“We don’t need to constantly worry whether women are being given their due. Everywhere you see, we are making it big. It’s no different in Bollywood. Women are highly respected here.”
What about Bollywood’s perceived notion of ‘beautiful and perfect’ women? “Well, everyone wants to look good. In fact, it’s the audience that wants it. It has nothing to do with size zero or going to the gym to be fit. There are a lot of women out there who’ve changed that notion. Look at Vidya Balan or even Bhumi Pednekar. It’s the talent that stands out. If your success rate is equal to your figure then all the women who go to the gym would be in Bollywood. It’s unfair to make that comparison.”
About her relationship status: I think I’ve done everything now. The only task I’m left with is childbirth and that will happen only when I get married.
About actor Ranbir Kapoor: He wears his heart on his sleeve. Everyone calls him the ‘Gossip Queen’ of Bollywood.
About filmmaker Karan Johar: (Actor-producer) Uday Chopra told me that he made Karan believe that former British PM Margaret Thatcher was a man for the longest time.
About filmmaker Anurag Kashyap: Apparently Anurag plays a lot of cricket but he’s a terrible cricketer. Unki filmein jitni achhi hain, utni hi kharab unki cricket.
About actor Sonam Kapoor: I talked to her brother Harshvardhan for an insight into Sonam, who has a lot to say about the girls he brings home. Kuch na kuch toh nikala hi hai (Rhea and she have said something or the other about them), though she maintains otherwise.