Model-turned actor Neha Dhupia, who had once said that only sex and Shah Rukh Khan sells in Bollywood, now wants to shed her glamourous image and turn her attention to acting in serious films.
"I had the image of a glam girl, but now after doing serious roles in some films, people no longer see me as a glamrous girl anymore," she told PTI over phone from Mumbai.
The 'Julie' fame actress has always had a glamourous outlook in Bollywood but she has been doing some serious films like 'Mithya' and 'Dasvidania'.
"An actress in a glamourous outfit can also do serious roles," Dhupia claims.
Not long ago, Dhupia was dubbed as the bikini girl for her character in her first film 'Qayamat' opposite Ajay Devgan. And subsequent releases like 'Julie' and 'Sheesha' added to this image.
Neha's first de-glamourised appearance was in 'Delhi Heights', where she played the character of a working woman. With her roles in 'Chup Chup Ke', 'Dus Kahaaniyan' and 'Mithya', Dhupia made cinema critics notice her performance.
Her next film is "Maharathi" with noted actors like aseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal and Om Puri. The film will releases early this month.
"I play the character of an aspiring actress, who is very ambitious. It is a complex character with grey shades," she says.
Although her last film 'Dasvidaniya' with Vinay Pathak failed to click at the box office, she is happy with the kind of cinema she is doing. "I am very happy with the kind of cinema I am doing. I am getting good scripts," she says. MORE
"Being a part of simple and beautiful films like 'Mithya', 'Maharathi', 'Dasvidaniya' and working with the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, and Paresh Rawal has given me more than money ever could. They are the stalwarts in acting."
When asked about her choice of roles the actress said, "I am here to do all kinds of roles. As an actor I just want to act, and it doesn't matter if it is a small role as long as it gives me enough scope to bring the best out of me."