Ev­ery­thing makes for news now: Neha

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Neha Dhu­pia is busy balancing her ca­reer be­tween movies and tele­vi­sion. The ac­tor re­cently won her first award for her per­for­mance in Tumhari Sulu (2017). “I feel like it’s just the be­gin­ning af­ter 15 years of be­ing in the busi­ness. Awards do mat­ter, as they are an in­stant recog­ni­tion by the in­dus­try. So, for me, it’s a huge pat from the in­dus­try,” she says. Ex­cerpts from the in­ter­view

It’s the first time you’ve col­lab­o­rated with Karan Jo­har for a film. Was it part of your wish list?

Yes, it was a part of my wish list. My ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the film Love And Lust has been phe­nom­e­nal.

Did you feel you missed out on work­ing with some big pro­duc­tion houses so far?

It is not the end of the road yet. So, I hope that in the fu­ture, I will get to work with the peo­ple I have not worked with so far.

Now, what is your cri­te­rion of sign­ing a film? Does the scale and pro­duc­tion house mat­ter?

I am in­ter­ested in do­ing good roles and be­ing part of a movie that peo­ple will go and watch, be­cause it’s the au­di­ence that de­cides (the fate of a film). I am go­ing to try and be part of films that will en­ter­tain the au­di­ence. And ev­ery­thing mat­ters. The abil­ity of the pro­ducer to get the film into the theatres to au­di­ences and make enough noise about it def­i­nitely mat­ters. Whether it is a big bud­get film or a small bud­get film, it does not mat­ter as long as it is a great script to back with the right amount of money to make it and mar­ket it.

B­Town­ers have made some can­did con­fes­sions on your chat show. Do you think be­ing part of the in­dus­try makes a dif­fer­ence?

It def­i­nitely makes a dif­fer­ence be­cause I am part of the busi­ness. They end up say­ing what­ever they have to say on the show. But I feel more than any­thing else, I would like to take pride in the fact that I’ve an abil­ity to make peo­ple comfortable. Maybe that’s what makes for good con­ver­sa­tion. The two most fun con­ver­sa­tions I have had are with Karan Jo­har and Rishi Kapoor be­cause they were can­did and had in­ter­est­ing sto­ries to tell.

Has any star ever asked you to drop a seg­ment or ques­tion if they were ever comfortable?

Yes, a lot of times. How­ever, maybe just a few lines — never a seg­ment or a sec­tion.

How has me­dia re­port­ing changed over the years?

I think ev­ery­thing makes for news now as op­posed to more sub­stan­tial things. Now, it’s al­most like the au­di­ence wants to know ev­ery­thing — from what one is wear­ing to where one is headed to for a hol­i­day. When I started out, the only thing that would make for break­ing news would be your next project. Now, ev­ery­thing that we think will not make for news could be a head­line.


Neha Dhu­pia

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