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I can’t look or behave like a dacoit: Neha Dhupia

Neha Dhupia on her retro film Action Replayy, and playing a bandit queen in Phas Gaye Re Obama. Read on to know what the sexy actor has to say about her films and characters.

bollywood Updated: Oct 14, 2010 17:51 IST
Hiren Kotwani


Singh Is Kinng

(2008), her last two films didn’t exactly get her notice.

De Dana Dan

(2009) managed to break even and

Raat Gayi Baat Gayi

(2009) lived up to its title. Undeterred, Neha Dhupia is optimistic about her forthcoming films,

Action Replayy


Phas Gaye Re Obama

, in which she plays a dacoit, who has adapted UP Chief Minister, Mayawati’s accent.

Strategy in choices

Point out to her that her contrasting movies have been opening in cinemas around the same time and Dhupia says it’s all a coincidence. “I’ve never taken up roles keeping this in mind,” she clarifies, adding, “More important for me is understanding the script, playing my role to the best of my abilities and improving by the day. As for getting diverse roles, I think I’m fortunate to get work in different genres.”

Neha DhupiaSupporting roles

What is working more for Dhupia is that she manages to make an equal impact in playing a strong supporting role in a mainstream movie like

Singh Is Kinng

and a niche film like


(2008). “My choice of scripts is not driven by the measure of what I am doing in it, but by what kind of reach the film has. Every movie is made with a reason, whether it’s a big project which creates awareness from the start or a smaller one which raises curiosity for what it can churn out as a subject,” she states as her reasons for taking up

Action Replayy


Phas Gaye Re Obama


While she rewinds to the 1970’s in the Vipul Shah film toplining Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, her dacoit role in new director Subhash Kapoor’s

Phas Gaye Re Obama

is more talked about. “I told Subhash that I can’t look or behave like a dacoit. And he didn’t know me well enough to say that I could play the role. But he insisted that he believed that only I could do it,” she says. Dhupia will also be seen playing Eva Braun in

Dear Friend Hitler

, which has Raghuvir Yadav essaying the role of the Nazi dictator. “It’s too early to say anything about this movie right now as we’ve started shooting only recently,” she says.