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