Neha on why Indian supermodels turn actors
Actor Neha Dhupia (above), a former Miss India who eventually turned to Bollywood, says that the era of supermodels is waning out from the country’s fashion scene because most models are smitten with the glitz and glamour of the silver screen. However, she finds nothing wrong with the trend.
“Bollywood is just a more long-lived fruitful business. If you look at all these girls...Deepika (Padukone), Nargis (Fakhri), Lisa (Haydon)... They want to get into movies because as a model, you have growth up to the point of being a supermodel. Once you’re that, it’s a gradual progression. Why should they be denied that?” Neha said. “Now I also see that by the time someone makes a mark in the industry, there’s another one following it up. It’s a very competitive space,” she added.
Asked if modelling is like a ticket to Bollywood, Neha said: “It is if you want it to be. There are many models who have been modelling for 15 years, they have kids and still come back to the ramp... like Sapna Kumar and Indrani Dasgupta, who’ve been modelling and not stepped foot in Bollywood.”
Talking about her own decision about moving into the cinema world, the actor said: “Even I was modelling, and when I realised that I don’t want to model anymore, I moved into a space where I had more creative liberty. I also had a theatre background.”