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Interview Neha Dhupia talks about inheriting the values of life from her naval-officer father and her choice of films

On her own course Neha Dhupia Photo: AP
On her own course Neha Dhupia Photo: AP

S he does not boast a truckload of hits to her credit but Neha Dhupia is happy with the way her career has shaped up.

In New Delhi recently, to unveil Gillette's special soldier range of shaving accessories, the actor said there's a soldier in each one of us. “It's about having integrity, which is something really deep down inside us. It's in service 24X7 and guides us. Whether you're an actor or a soldier you have to have camaraderie, confidence, courage, and most importantly grooming to succeed. I'll definitely look at someone who is well groomed as opposed to someone who is not.”

Talking about growing up in the refined environment of cantonment, Neha said it wasn't strict. “My parents let me be. Till I was in school and college, it was about doing things the right way. I learnt the values of life from my dad who was a naval officer. That's why I think there's a soldier inside me too! My parents gave me the freedom of choice and allowed me to pursue my dreams. So I don't have any scary stories to tell.”

Talking about her career, Neha's dubbing for the Telugu movie Param Veer Chakra was appreciated. “It was hard. I wrote it down in Devnagiri . It needed a lot of work, trust me, shooting for the film was much easier. Dubbing, by itself, is a very hard process, as far as an actor is concerned because you are enhancing, recreating and reliving the moments that you have shot without costumes, stage and settings. You're sitting in a closed room, looking at yourself, and redoing everything. My director somehow persuaded me into it, saying I have a very deep voice and so I took up the challenge. It took a while, but I did it!”

Of late, Neha is seen more in offbeat films. “I don't understand the word ‘offbeat'. What you're talking about is smaller films, where the budget is not much. I think it's difficult to do such films. It's difficult because the only reason why someone is going to come and watch these films is for the story. Everything that I do, whether it's with a brand or movies that I select, I think the message is something. I have been here for long enough. I don't want to fool myself or my audience with something I don't believe in. On travelling around interacting with people and performing live to promote a film, Neha said, “The audience need to be told about the film. Later, whether they like it or not, is not something in our control. Selling a movie is no different from selling a product.”





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