The imprisonment of Sanjay Dutt is still hogging headlines and Neha Dhupia, his heroine in his last release, Shootout at Lokhandwala, is no less upset about the verdict than others.
"The minute we heard about Sanju we were all shocked. He is such a lovely person. We pray that he be freed of his problems and tension as soon as possible. He has been going through this for too long," says Neha.
Shootout At Lokhandwala was a moderate hit, but it was a multi-starrer with Neha having hardly anything to do. For the most of last year she has had duds like Ek Challis Ki Last Local, Delhii Heights, Nehlle Pe Dehlla, Utthaan, Chup Chup Ke and Teesri Aankh. However, Neha, isn't in the least disturbed.
"I have hardly been around that long. It is not like I'm quitting films. I'm young and have time on my side. Some things take time, so it's okay with me," she says about the flops.<b1>
She is now looking forward to the release of Rajat Kapoor's Mithya, which got a great response at the recently concluded Osian's Film Festival in Delhi. "I play Naseeruddin Shah's girlfriend and it's one of the finest films I have ever been a part of," she says, adding that her kitty now includes I Think I Am 24, Dus Kahaniyan and Kuch Love Kuch Drama.
An actor whose life goes beyond films, Neha says she stops thinking about work once she is out of it. "Except for work I am not connected to Bollywood. I'm pretty practical about life."
Before we call it quits, we ask her about marriage (reportedly she is seeing Indian squash player Ritwik Bhattacharya) and she answers, "This is not the time. Why don't you google my age before asking?" We did. She's 26. Definitely not too young to get hitched.