Neha Dhupia couldn't be happier with her newfound Hollywood glory as Bollywood Hero, an American TV series in which the actress plays a B-town star, has received rave reviews in the US, even The Incredible Hulk actor, Ed Norton, was impressed with her acting skills.
It's another thing, however, that Dhupia took a while to recognise Norton. The actress reveals, "After the premiere of the show, when the lights came on, I saw Ed Norton sitting with me and I screamed! He said 'hello' and complimented me, and I screamed again. He said, 'I'm not that scary that you scream everytime I ask you anything'. That was my Ed Norton moment."
With her pictures up on billboards in Times Square, Dhupia has become quite a known face in Hollywood. She recounts, "I was taking a taxi in New York and saw that the top of it had my picture...I couldn't stop gaping and said [to the driver]: 'that's me on the top?'...he came out to look and said 'yes, that's you'. I didn't have to pay a dollar for the taxi ride."
Back in India, Dhupia has seven movies in hand, most of which are comedies - Paying Guest, Pappu Can't Dance Sala, Raftaar, Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, I'm 24 and De Dana Dan and Action Replay. Of her focus on comedy films, she says, 'Why not? We're in the business of making audience forgot their worries, and comedy does it pretty well."