Hollywood has always lured our Bollywood stars and the latest actor to join the bandwagon is Udita Goswami. The actor, who debuted with Pooja Bhatt’s Paap in 2003, recently spent few months in Los Angeles to get things in place for her to find work in Hollywood.
The 27-year-old claims to have met many Hollywood biggies, including Danny Boyle, Natalie Portman and Gillian Jacobs, while attending the Oscars gala and the Art of Elysium charity benefit.
Talking about her experience, Udita says excitedly, “My trip was fantastic. I got a great insight into how things work there. In Hollywood, people don’t go by whose friend or relative you are...it’s all about talent, unlike in Bollywood. I wanted to familiarise myself with Hollywood culture to build a strong foundation.”
She further adds, “I have hired an international mana-ger Simone Sheffield and had exclusive meetings with Hollywood executives. I have even looked for an apartment and a lawyer there. So my core team is all set. I still have to choose the agency which will manage me there.”
So what kind of roles is she looking for? She says, “I don’t look Indian so I don’t want to do Indian roles in Hollywood. I want to do exotic roles. I think Vidya Balan or Konkona Sen Sharma have more traditional Indian faces. But I have to work on my American accent. I am here till August to work on it and then I go back as the casting season begins there.”
Udita is currently shooting the last leg of her Bollywood film, Diary of a Butterfly.
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