Neha Dhupia: Wearing a two piece is not cool anymore
The girl was more ‘covered’ by the media when she emerged from the blue waters in a gold bikini in her debut film Qayamat , which released five years ago, than she is being today. The culture police wrote her off, and her seniors and fellow contemporaries didn’t take to her two-piece ‘hip’ avatar very kindly.
“And now those hypocritical, double-standard people are wearing bikinis themselves,” says actor Neha Dhupia, “And those who reprimanded me are applauding them like there’s no tomorrow! But you know what? I don’t think wearing a two-piece is cool anymore. I’ve been there, done that years ago!” claims the actor who has shifted from the show-substantial-skin mode to more serious cinema!
A compromise on hard-core commercial flicks may have brought with it lesser fame, money and close to zero GQ (Glam Quotient)? “Maybe, but the satisfaction is immense, and the contentment I derive from my work today is multifold. Being a part of simple, beautiful films like Mithya, Maharathi, Dasvidaniya… and working with the likes of Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal… has given me more than money ever could. They’re stalwarts and they do no wrong!
“I’ve dabbled with ‘commercial films’ at the beginning of my career,” explains Neha, “But priorities change over time. Yes, I could’ve made an obnoxious amount of money – much more than I’m making today – by taking up more commercially viable projects. But what am I going to do with so much money? I’m earning enough, and I’m living a more than comfortable life,” states the contented actress.
Working with actors who are twice her age, and not necessarily conventionally good-looking, boyfriend Ritwik Bhattacharya must be heaving a sigh of relief. “Listen, if I’m working with Nasseer and Paresh, I’ve also worked with the Akshay Kumars, Ajay Devgans and Emraan Hashmis. ButI’ll never give Ritwik a reason to feel insecure. Not even if I get to do a film with Brad Pitt,” winks this pretty young thing!