Indore: I was tagged as a sex symbol, says Neha Dhupia

  • Husain Malvi, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Oct 06, 2014 20:07 IST

Bollywood actor Neha Dhupia, who was recently in Indore for the promotion of her upcoming film 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' and to inaugurate a lifestyle exhibition, spoke to HT about her love for Indore's




and the days when she wished to be an IAS officer.

Tell us about your upcoming film 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami'.

It is a fun film and has an important message for the common man.

Many women-oriented films have done well in the recent past. Do you think you should have taken up the sequel of your film Julie?

I should have taken it up. However, I struggled a lot when Julie was released and I had got a reputation of being a sex symbol. It took me a long time to get over it. Now, being a sex symbol is a trend and people start identifying you with that image. However, I would like to give myself an image of a girl who takes up challenges and who likes to do peculiar roles. I believe in stories that are well told.

Had you ever thought you would be an actor?
Never. I always thought I would be an IAS officer. That's what my dad wanted. Now, when I look back, I think I would not be able to do anything except what I do now.

Are good looks necessary to be an actor?
I don’t consider myself as good looking but it does help in the profession. However, times have changed. I am not going to name actors who bank on their looks but I believe that if you have talent, you don’t have to conventionally look good.

Do you think women rivalry is passé in Bollywood?
If a woman is affected by another woman professionally, I don’t think she would talk about it publically. I don't have too many friends in the business. People I know in the business are Soha (Ali Khan) and Konkana (Sen Sharma) and I have a great bonding with them.

What keeps you going when your films are not doing well?
When I feel nothing is going right, I tell myself that something amazing is going to happen. I have been in the entertainment business for 12 years and the struggle has been on since the beginning. You either struggle to decide what you want to do in life. Then you make up your mind to do something you want to. Yearning to be in the limelight is a struggle and then being in the limelight is also a struggle. Maintaining a position which you have had is a struggle but not being in the position you were before is a bigger stress. The lows have been way more than highs for me. I am addicted and crazy for what I do and this is what drives me to work harder every day.

What is your fitness regime?
I do a mix of yoga, functional training and cardio. Right now, I have injured myself as I fell during a shoot. I would get back to training after I recover.

We see many of your pictures on social networking websites. Do you like sharing your life with your fans?
I do but sometimes it backfires. There are so many people who don’t like what we say. We, as celebrities, keep a huge part of our life private and there is another huge part which we share as we know our fans want to know more about us. It is essential that people understand and respect us. I share a lot and people are very nice to me on social media. So, I have no complaints. There are some exceptions though. Social media is a great platform where you can share your viewpoint, support a cause, applaud someone or may be clear the air on a particular topic.

You have visited Indore several times in the past three years. What do you have to say about the city?
It’s great city. This is the first time I am staying back in Indore for a day and my crew is planning to head to Sarafa. I am hoping to join them and enjoy the food. Indore is a foodie's paradise. I have enjoyed the poha, jalebi and kachori whenever I have been here.

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