She has made a career by doing cerebral cinema and tackling serious content. Yet, actor Neha Dhupia doesn’t want to stay away from big production houses which churn out commercial potboilers.
“I want to do films under big banners. There has never been a conscious decision to stay away from them. I am just waiting for good offers,” she says. The actor was last spotted in Phas Gaya Re Obama, a small budget film, in which she played a hard-nosed lady gangster. The film did reasonably well at the box office and Neha cast a spell on the audience with her performance.
After a string of serious roles, Neha is now game for a slapstick film and even an item number. “I would love to do an item number. But I don’t want to be part of a film where the directors ask me to leave my brains behind and just make people laugh. I guarantee I will have something different to offer onscreen. I promise to use my brains,” she laughs.
Well, that’s some task, given how she has supported the new breed of directors who have made films without bankable stars. “The film industry has evolved a lot these days. A movie doesn’t have to be backed by big budgets to become a hit. Bollywood is headed in a direction where the money spent on a film doesn’t decide the fate at the box office,” she says.
Neha is busy with her current project Gandhi to Hitler, in which she will play Eva Braun with actor Raghubir Yadav. The film’s title was Gandhi vs Hitler. She will be seen as Eva Braun, Hitler’s companion. Raghubir Yadav plays a pivotal role in the film. Her Pappu Can’t Dance Saala, opposite her favourite actor Vinay Pathak is also ready to hit screens. “He is a great friend just like Ranvir (Shorey) and Konkona (Sen ) and our sensibilities match,” she says.
Neha was also in the news recently for being part of the group that shook their booty onstage for London-based industrialist, Pramod Agarwal’s daughter in Venice.”I don’t have the authority to comment on that,” she says. TOI