GONE GIRL OF BOLLYWOOD: TANUSHREE DUTTA

Away from the lime­light.

Woman's Era - - Contents -

Tanushree Dutta first rose to fame af­ter win­ning Miss In­dia peagent in 2004 and later started her bollywood ca­reer as hoards of of­fers came her way, af­ter the big win. The Aashiq Banaya Apne ac­tress, had been miss­ing from bollywood for years and sur­prised ev­ery­one when she was spot­ted last month at Mum­bai Air­port, af­ter years of si­lence. So, here we are catch­ing up with Bollywood’s own Gone Girl on where she was and if there is any Bollywood ac­tion in the fu­ture?

Tanushree, how does it feel to be back in in­dia af­ter two years?

It feels great to be back home af­ter long time abroad. Re­con­nect­ing with fam­ily, friends and col­leagues from the film fra­ter­nity.

You have been away from the lime­light for a long time. How was your life like back in the US?

My life back in the US was very sim­ple and reg­u­lar ex­cept the times I would be in­vited at In­dian com­mu­nity events as a celebrity guest of hon­our or if I'm do­ing a photo shoot etc.

Did you miss the glam­our world while you were away from the spot­light?

Very rarely did I miss it be­cause I my­self was in a zone where I didn’t pur­sue the flash­lights at all from my end...but I was very sat­is­fied and happy with my life there be­cause from my child­hood days I had a dream to set­tle abroad and ex­pe­ri­ence life in a for­eign coun­try.

How did the mod­el­ling stint hap­pen?

I started mod­el­ling in Ju­nior col­lege in Pune with a col­lege beauty pageant and in­ter­col­lege mod­el­ling com­pe­ti­tion and then moved on to pro­fes­sional mod­el­ling and beauty pageants. Win­ning Miss In­dia and go­ing for miss Uni­verse at a young age opened doors of op­por­tu­ni­ties for me.

What led you to 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne'?

I got my first few movie of­fer within the first week of com­ing back from the miss Uni­verse pageant in 2004. I chose Choco­late from those of­fers and started shoot­ing it 3 months later while I still had the crown. I was of­fered Aashiq Banaya while I was still shoot­ing Choco­late. Be­fore I gave up my miss in­dia crown a year later in march 2005 I had al­ready fin­ished shoot­ing two of my first films!! It was truly a bless­ing.

What do your days look like th­ese days? How are you ad­just­ing to your life in In­dia?

My days are very sim­ple, a lot of time is spent in read­ing, learn­ing, meet­ing peo­ple or stay­ing home with fam­ily and fig­ur­ing a way to share ev­ery­thing that I've learnt in th­ese 8 years and hope to share the mes­sage of hope and faith to oth­ers who are strug­gling with life. Ad­just­ing pretty well ac­tu­ally with the warm wel­come back.

What do you en­joy do­ing when you are not work­ing? What are your hob­bies?

I en­joy swim­ming, walk­ing, read­ing, lis­ten­ing to in­spir­ing and pro­gres­sive con­tent on­line, med­i­tat­ing and pray­ing. Th­ese are the things that form the be­drock of my life and the wind be­neath my sails!!

Do you plan to get back into act­ing in the com­ing fu­ture? Any projects you are cur­rently work­ing on?

I have never planned any­thing in my life. Never knew I would be­come a movie star, never knew that I would leave it all, never knew I would en­counter God in such a pro­found way dur­ing the low­est phase of my life and end up trav­el­ling, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and learn­ing so much. I never knew I would be who I am to­day so even for my fu­ture I've sur­ren­dered my will to my cre­ator and hope for the best. No film projects yet that in­ter­est me but I'm sure that god has a great plan for my life. I have al­ways even­tu­ally been led to what's best for me. I just need to be in tune, fol­low my heart and in­tu­ition and keep mov­ing for­ward with faith and en­thu­si­asm. There is a say­ing that Goes "seek ye first His king­dom and His right­eous­ness and all other things shall be added onto you" The fu­ture is very bright for me. I be­lieve.

I HAVE NEVER PLANNED ANY­THING IN MY LIFE. NEVER KNEW I WOULD BE­COME A MOVIE STAR, NEVER KNEW THAT I WOULD LEAVE IT ALL, NEVER KNEW I WOULD EN­COUNTER GOD IN SUCH A PRO­FOUND WAY DUR­ING THE LOW­EST PHASE OF MY LIFE AND END UP TRAV­EL­LING, EX­PE­RI­ENC­ING AND LEARN­ING SO MUCH.

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