Neha Dhupia reveals her new game plan to Sonil Dedhia
So what's been keeping Neha Dhupia busy?
Right now, a shoot of Shivam Nair's film with Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal and Boman Irani.. it's tentatively titled
. Then, there's Rajat Kapoor's
, Saurabh Shukla's
with Rajpal Yadav.
Have you deliberately omitted Sanjay Gupta's
Kahaniyaanfrom the list because he hit out at you for not promoting
Oh, that's been sorted. I wanted to promote
.. but there was a misunderstanding that's still to be cleared. But we are back on track. I should be shooting a promotional song for
Aren't you doing a negative role is
is a comedy.. so, even my character is funny.
Chala Murari Murder Karneand
Mithya..two films with Naseeruddin Shah. How come?
Yeah, it's exciting to be given the chance to do two films with an actor who's so phenomenally talented. He's a stalwart.. the entire industry looks up to him.
Your recent movies have been a little more than guest appearances. Why?
It's just that
.. came in quick succession. I did
for my dear friend Sajid (Khan).
... was an all-guy film. So, I didn't have too much screen time. But, you can't dismiss it as a guest appearance.
But aren't the scripts now extremely male dominated?
Just because of
, it doesn't mean the media can start predicting a trend. It's happened in the past too.
After Julie, Murder
, the press said that scripts were getting more female-oriented and sex-dominated.
Do you still stand by your much-quoted-headline-grabber, "Only sex and Shah Rukh Khan sell"?
There are reasons why people say certain things at certain times. What they said three years ago, can't be true today.
You seem ready to shed your sexy symbol tag?
You could say that I no longer want to be associated with a particular image. It's important to do different things because that's the only way to retain your freshness. The beauty of being an actress is that you get to play different characters.
I'm not saying that I won't be sexy. (Laughs) It's difficult to not be glamorous. I still think glamour sells but one shouldn't forget the real things of life.
Do you regret doing
No, I don't. But I've become more mature now and only do films I enjoy. It's flattering when my director appreciates my work rather than my looks.
Your contemporaries are miles ahead. Isn't that frustrating?
Maybe it's taken me a little more time, but at least I'm happy with the work I'm doing. A million fans don't mean you're happy. There's so much competition. Just being another pretty face is not enough.
Buzz is that you will marry squash champion Ritwik Bhattacharya soon.
Ritwik is a dear friend whom I've known from my school days. It doesn't matter if I'm in a relationship or not, I'm not thinking of getting married right now.
Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007), Delhii Heights (2007), Utthaan (2006), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005), Sheesha (2005), Siskiyaan (2005), Julie (2004), Qayamat: City Under Threat