Neha on why In­dian su­per­mod­els turn ac­tors

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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.”

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