She had once famously remarked that only Shah Rukh Khan and sex sells in Bollywood but actress Neha Dhupia is now tired of the 'sexy' tag, which she believes has worked against her.
The former Miss India, who started her Bollywood journey with bold roles in Qayamat and Julie, feels that despite having done some very serious roles, she has not been taken seriously in the industry because of her 'sexy' image. "I sincerely believe that the term 'sexy' is always used against me," Dhupia said.
The actress had to work hard to get over the Julie nickname that she earned for herself after a dare bare portrayal of a prostitute in the namesake film in 2004.
"No one seems to realise that I can do a lot more. Why don't people remember Mithya, Singh Is Kinng, Dasvidaniya or a Maharathi."
Ask her about the actresses who will do anything to trade places with her and pat comes the reply, "The fact is that grass is always greener on the other side."
"I strongly believe that my biggest flaw is that I am sexy. Just because of that, it is always safely presumed that I would be busy out there seducing people on screen," she says.
The 29-year-old star, however, is happy about the compliments that she has received for her recent success in comic caper De Dana Dan. She is also looking forward to audience reaction towards her forthcoming release Raat Gayi Baat Gayi.