I don’t seek credit and never have, says Gul Panag

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Ac­tor Gul Panag (above) made her Bol­ly­wood de­but in 2003 with Dhoop, and ever since then has mostly taken up films which are con­tent-driven.

Asked if it was a con­scious de­ci­sion to not take up com­mer­cial films, Gul said, ”I was very clear about the kind of cin­ema I wanted to do. And I am for­tu­nate that I’ve been able to make those choices. Right around the time I did Manorama Six Feet Un­der and Dor, I re­alised that these films were ahead of their times...If I had to be a full­time ac­tor then I had to do other kind of films to sur­vive.” Gul says she doesn’t net­work for her roles, as she is al­ready so busy with her en­tre­pre­neur­ial busi­ness. But does she feel that she does not get due credit?

“I don’t seek credit. I never have. Art is re­ally very sub­jec­tive so it doesn’t mat­ter,” she said.

Be it her on-screen per­for­mance or her off-screen im­age by fly­ing planes and rid­ing bikes, Gul has al­ways man­aged to break the mould of stereo­types. “I think it’s im­por­tant to do that break stereo­types. I don’t try to do that, though that may be the sub-con­scious mo­ti­va­tion. What I rebel against is a pre-de­cided course of life for women. No one de­cides the course of life for a man...I think that’s the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind me. The Turn­ing 30 ac­tor says she is for­tu­nate to have peo­ple who don’t im­pose so­ci­etal pres­sure on her.

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