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Shenaz Treasury tells us why she wasn’t around after Delhi Belly

Actor Shenaz Treasury says she may not have starred in Indian projects, but she was doing work in the West, and the roles weren’t “the stereotype they usually write for Indians”.

bollywood Updated: Jul 13, 2017 17:24 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Shenaz Treasury,Shenaz Treasurywala,Kaalakaandi
Actor Shenaz Treasury will next be seen in Saif Ali Khan starrer Kaalakaandi.

Actor Shenaz Treasury may not have established herself as a mainstream commercial actor, but she definitely has no qualms about the way her career has shaped up. Having worked with actor Anupam Kher in the recently released American film, The Big Sick, Shenaz is all set to return to Bollywood with her next film Kaalakaandi after staying away from the public eye since her last outing with the 2011 film Delhi Belly.

“After Delhi Belly, I haven’t been in India and I just moved back a couple of months ago. Half my stuff is still sitting in Brooklyn, New York,” she laughs, adding that when the film released, she was already in America working on TV show One Life to Live.

“I was playing the role of a hot Indian chick on the show. I loved it because it wasn’t the stereotype they usually write for Indians, at all. She was not the doctor or lawyer as you usually see Indian girls in the West. She could have been any nationality and I am so grateful I got to play her. I do prefer negative roles with a little crazy, than the “good girl,” says Shenaz.

The actor, who is also remembered for her film Ishq Vishk (2003), adds that she was never out of work, but just that she was not actively taking up Indian films.

“I was working in the United States, so while I may not have been in the Indian public eye, I had a long standing role in an American soap opera on ABC. I was on a show on TBS, I was a correspondent on the Nightly Show on Comedy Central and I am also in a big Hollywood film now. So, actually, it’s been a really good time in my career,” says Shenaz, who feels lucky to have had the opportunity to work in Hollywood and Bollywood and experience both worlds.

Sometime back, when everyone was lauding actors Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone for bagging lead roles in films in the West, Shenaz commented that she was among the first actors who worked in Hollywood but since she didn’t do PR around it, people never took notice. Asked if she agrees that promoting oneself on social media and having a strong PR is of utmost importance in today’s time, Shenaz says, “We live in a world where people consume most of their information on the cell phones. Anyone promoting a film or TV series is well served, if they can create an active social media experience. It’s the reality of the modern world.”

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First Published: Jul 13, 2017 17:24 IST