Neha Dhupia, who has appeared in Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu and Malayalam films over the past two decades, has said that she never thought she would last in the film and entertainment industry for so long.
The actress, who is currently shooting for the MTV reality show “Roadies”, said: “I have completed two decades not in Bollywood but in front of the camera. It feels amazing and when I started, I didn’t think that I was going to last this long but I am glad I did.”
She made her acting debut as a child artist in a Malayalam film named “Minnaram”, which was released in 1994. She made her Bollywood debut as heroine opposite Ajay Devgn in “Qayamat: City Under Threat”, and went onto work in films such as “Julie”, “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum”, “Ek Chalis Ki Last Local”, “Shootout At Lokhandwala”, “Tumhari Sulu” and “Lust Stories” among others.
Her Bollywood career was preceded by her winning the Femina Miss India pageant in 2002, where she was crowned as Miss Universe India 2002. She was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2002 pageant in Puerto Rico where she finished in the top 10.
Neha was interacting with the media at TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Con Mumbai 2020 on Wednesday in Mumbai. Asked if she is planning to produce or direct a show, she said: “I am producing my own content called ‘No Filter Neha’ (an audio chat show on Saavn). It’s my own show but apart from that, I don’t have anything on my mind right now.”
Talking about her upcoming projects, Neha said: “I am currently shooting for ‘Roadies’ and I am excited about it.”
Talking about her recent conversation with Ma Anand Sheela, Neha said: “It’s called a fireside chat. I am excited about it because TiE gave me this opportunity. I feel that the profession we are in, every day there is a new opportunity that you get, you are always flung by surprises every time the phone rings. Usually, you are aware of what you want to say but Ma Anand Sheela is a woman with very powerful words, and I feel like I need to be prepared, but I don’t know if I am or not.”