GONE GIRL OF BOLLYWOOD: TANUSHREE DUTTA
Away from the limelight.
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.