She created a buzz in Bollywood with her debut in Aashiq Banaya Aapne but Tanushree Dutta's career soon fizzled out and the actress blames the judge mental nature of the film industry for it.
Dutta who is back on the silver screen after a gap of almost two years with the horror flick Rokkk says that she was unduly stereotyped as mere eye candy who could do nothing but "hot and sultry" roles.
"The surprising part though is that even though I have worked in different genre of movies, I was slotted in a certain bracket. I was told that people expected me to be a hot and sultry woman in each of my films," she told PTI.
But the 29-year-old former Miss India is excited about her new innings which promises to show her in a different light.
"I can see that today, there is a different perception about me in Bollywood. Yes, it has taken some time but I am happy that I am reaching there," said Tanushree who is now looking forward to the release of her next film Apartment.
She was one of the hottest debutants in Bollywood circuits when she enjoyed a double bill in Aashiq Banaya Aapne and Chocolate which released within a fortnight of each other in 2005.
The Bengali beauty who is still remembered for a steamy love scene between her and Emraan Hashmi in Aashiq Banaya Aapne said that the audience will see her in a whole new avatar in Jagmohan Mundhra's 'Apartment'.