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Nupur, the next big thing?

Starlet Nupur Mehta, who shot to fame overnight after her name cropped up in the match-fixing scandal reported by UK’s The Sunday Times, may just be Bollywood’s next hot property.

entertainment Updated: Mar 14, 2012 01:13 IST
Neha Sharma
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Starlet Nupur Mehta, who shot to fame overnight after her name cropped up in the match-fixing scandal reported by UK’s The Sunday Times, may just be Bollywood’s next hot property.

Filmmakers say that the actor, who featured in 2005 flick Jo Bole So Nihaal, has her market value shooting up overnight.

“There is no denying that controversy grabs attention. She has been noticed and filmmakers would be willing to cast her if she has talent. I think she is attractive and intelligent, and has potential,” says filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.

Filmmaker Anees Bazmee says, “I’d cast her in my film if the role suits her.” Rahul Mitra, who produced Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, says that while he would be very cautious of casting somebody who is in the centre of controversy, he’d cast Mehta if the role demands it.

“If the character demands, why not?”However, some say the controversy won’t boost her career. “If such things mattered, Poonam Pandey would be a huge star,” says filmmaker Pritish Nandy. Filmmaker Anjum Rizvi adds, “It’s not about controversy but talent.” On her part, Nupur says, “I am keeping my fingers crossed.”