“I’m sorry,” says Neha Dhupia as she lets out a yawn, “Things have been really hectic of late. I’ve been shooting for Ek Chalis Ki Local and promoting Chup Chup Ke. And I’m leaving Bangalore right after this, going to Mumbai for the premiere of Chup Chup Ke and then to resume shooting for Ek Chalis…” Ek Chalis… is an “interesting comic thriller” about a guy and a girl who miss their last train at a Mumbai station. “After that, I’m going to start work on Mithya. I’m really excited that I’ll be working with Naseersaab in this film. I’m playing a gangster’s moll, so that’s pretty cool,” she says.
She’s been in the news lately – she’s shedding her sexy Julie image: “The whole point of being an actress is so that I can be a dentist on Monday, a housewife on Tuesday, a sexy siren on Wednesday and whatever. If I get stuck playing one kind of role, then it defeats the purpose. It’s a waste of a profession!”
She says she’s choosing roles so she can be perceived as a versatile actress. She’s doing Delhi Heights, a film about a couple working in the corporate world. “The movie is set in a building complex and is about Delhi’s changing culture. It’s about the couple’s personal lives intruding into their professional lives. Usually it’s the other way around,” she says. Then there’s Sanjay Gupta’s Dus Kahaniyaan, which is along the lines of Darna Mana Hai, except that 10 different directors will direct each kahani. She’s also playing a character similar to Jessica Lal in Kumar Sanu’s Utthan, a movie she has reportedly disassociated herself from. But ask her why and she simply says, “Next question.”
But what Neha’s really looking forward to is “a well-deserved week-long vacation in Cairo. It’s just going to be a bunch of friends having fun. I’ll even catch some of the World Cup action,” she smiles.