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Esha Gupta: There’s too much fuss being made over lip locks and bikinis

Sitting barefoot and curled up on a sofa in black tights and pretty sleeveless chiffon top, she digs into a fruit plate and sips her pineapple juice.

As Esha Gupta settles down for a freewheeling chat in this ‘normal’ avatar, it’s hard to imagine that just a few minutes ago, she was enticing the camera in style and seemed to be basking in the spotlight! “It’s what I have been working for – fame, name and spotlight – it gives me a huge kick.” From nostalgia to dreams, Esha shares it all.

Excerpts from the interview…

How has your model to actress transition been?
Like a lot of things in my life, it’s happened without even me noticing the change. I wanted to be a chef, but did my graduation in Mass Communications, was all set to pursue a post grad degree in law when Mom saw all these ads in TOI for the Femina Miss India contest. I took part in that, and the rest, as they, is history. I haven’t completely given up modelling though. But, yeah I am relishing my time as an actress! In fact, right from my childhood, I’ve always been the drama queen at home, and it’ helping me in my profession today!

What is the toughest part of acting?
Making senior actors wait till you get your shot right! It’s tough because you have so many people watching you, the camera capturing your every expression and that’s unnerving. When I do retakes, I am told that they are a part of being an actress, but it’s still jittery when you have senior actors around. In comparison, modelling seems easy. But unlike acting, on the ramp you do not get a second chance – you mess up and that’s it!

After Jannat 2, you have Raaz 3 and Chakravyuh coming up. You’ve gotten busy in a short time…
By the grace of God, yes, and I am working with good directors. While Vikram Bhatt brings a different sort of the energy to the sets, while shooting for Chakravyuh, I was in total awe of Prakash Jha. There’s something so strong about his personality and that aura in him is so damn sexy. I think I almost had a school girl crush on him. Seriously, though, he is a fantastic director and I am waiting to see how the audience will react to these films, especially after Jannat 2!

…Where you were all hot, sexy and being compared to Jolie?
(Laughs) Only in the songs…but yeah, that was the image my first film created. As far as comparisons goes, I am being compared with the hottest actress in the world. I take it as a compliment.

You’ve done some passionate scenes in your first film. Were you wary that you’ll be expected to do it in all your films?
Cliched as it sounds, I’ll go by the demands of role. If it’s a beach shot, I won’t think twice before donning a bikini, but wearing a bikini in a drawing room, why would I say yes to that ever? That said, I think there’s too much fuss being made over lip locks and bikinis. Times have changed, Bollywood has changed and haven’t we as people too changed? So, why such a brouhaha over a kiss or a lovemaking scene? I for one, do not believe in double standards.

Changing times also bring within its fold changing nature of relationships. Today we see many B-town couples being open about their relationships, taking vacations together etc…How would you like your relationship be – open or discreet?
I am a die-hard romantic at heart and love the idea of love. But, when it comes to love, I kinda believe in the old world charm of romance – where there’s mystery and intrigue. Call it old-fashioned, but I am like that. So, I’d keep my personal life very, very personal. That’s for sure.


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