Actress Esha Gupta has some tips for the Bol­ly­wood hope­fuls out there.

Esha Gupta gave up law to start act­ing with­out any in­dus­try con­nec­tions. She re­veals the se­crets of mak­ing it big in Bol­ly­wood to Shiva Ku­mar Thekkepat

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The lure of Bol­ly­wood is in­dis­putable. As I sit, wait­ing at The Palace Down­town ho­tel in Dubai to in­ter­view

Humshakals ac­tor Esha Gupta, I bump into a friend who, on learn­ing why I am there, pleads to tag along so she, too, can get a glimpse of the star.

Does she like Esha for her looks or act­ing tal­ent? I ask.

“Oh, I haven’t seen her films,” comes the sheep­ish re­ply. Ap­par­ently, what she has seen and heard of Esha – she was ru­moured to be linked with heart-throb Hrithik Roshan – is enough to make any­one spend hours in a ho­tel lobby just to meet the star in per­son.

Although Esha has acted in only a few films in­clud­ing Jan­nat 2 (Heaven),

Raaz 3 (Se­cret) and Chakravyuh (Battle Strat­egy), and per­formed a cou­ple of item num­bers – the Bol­ly­wood term for dance se­quences – in for­get­table films, she is al­ready in de­mand.

Re­cently in Dubai as a brand am­bas­sador of lo­cal fash­ion house Splash, she’s al­ready made it, if the num­ber of jour­nal­ists packed into the meet­ing room wait­ing to in­ter­view her is any in­di­ca­tion.

And just like any Bol­ly­wood star of note, she keeps us wait­ing. It’s 45 min­utes be­fore we are ush­ered into a room to meet her. But she’s so charm­ing, con­fi­dent and, well, pretty, we im­me­di­ately for­give her.

“When I was start­ing my ca­reer, I de­cided that I wanted to do dif­fer­ent kinds of films,” she says. “Humshakals (Lookalikes) for in­stance, had me play­ing a re­ally glam­orous doc­tor, which is great for me as in real life I am not like that at all.”

She’s be­ing very mod­est, of course, as she was a model prior to try­ing her hand at act­ing. But even then she had her pri­or­i­ties worked out. “I would only rep­re­sent a brand that I think a mid­dle-

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