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'Julie made noise for the wrong reasons'

By Jahnavi Patel
November 22, 2017 08:37 IST
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'Good scripts that are offered to me are few and far between, so I pick the best that I get,' Neha Dhupia tells's Jahnvi Patel.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Neha Dhupia/Instagram

"Tumhari Sulu will bring a smile on your face. Very few things in the world do that now because everything around us is so disturbing," says Neha Dhupia.


"It's a story about a woman and how she believed she can do everything. It's about the time you spread your wings and fly," she adds.

"I heard the narration from the director's (Suresh Triveni) point of view. The message was larger than the story, so I had to do it."

IMAGE: Neha and Vidya Balan. Photograph: Kind courtesy Neha Dhupia/ Instagram

"It's one of those films where women will watch it because it's their story at one point or the other," says Neha, "Men will watch it because they will learn something from it and encourage women to do the right thing."

"Every character in the film is a part of a larger social message. It's not hard-hitting. It tells everything it has to say with a smile on your face," she adds.

Neha enjoyed working with Vidya. Balan. Once Vidya starts laughing, she reveals, there's no stopping her.

"It's very scary because once she starts laughing, she doesn't stop! She has the most contagious laugh ever."

IMAGE: Neha in Julie.

This week sees the release of Julie 2, starring Raai Laxmi.

Julie was one of Neha's earliest hits in 2004.

How important was that film for her career? "It gave me a strong image, but it was as important as any other successful film," she says.

"It was different from the kind of cinema one was used to seeing at that point. Then, it made a lot of noise for all the wrong reasons," she says.

Why don't we see her in bigger roles?

"I don't have that much time. Whether it's video, television, digital, audio... I'm spread out between six different mediums right now," she says.

Then, she adds, "Good scripts that are offered to me are few and far between, so I pick the best that I get. I have a greed to work with good directors."

She will be seen next in Karan Johar's short film for Bombay Talkies 2 where she co-star with Vicky Kaushal and Kiara Advani.

IMAGE: Neha with Karan Johar. Photograph: Kind courtesy Neha Dhupia/Instagram

Neha Dhupia is *always* well turned-out, and gives us some fashion tips:

  • Don't wear something you see in fashion magazines.
  • Wear black any time of the day, and year. You can never go wrong with it.
  • Take a good look in the mirror before you step out.
  • Just because you pay a lot of money to someone to style you doesn't mean they are doing a good job. You know how to dress yourself, so you should give yourself a shot.
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