Was Told To Look Hot And Ham For Humshakals: Esha Gupta



Esha Gupta tries on comedy for size for the first time with ‘Humshakals’ that releases this Friday. We sat down to talk to the gorgeous actress about her short project brief from Sajid and her career graph, among other things. Excerpts from the interview:

You’re in a Sajid Khan film. What was working with him like?
He’s really funny and his films are a true reflection of his personality. I’m so glad that he’s out of that ‘Himmatwala’ phase and back to doing what he’s good at.

Speaking of Himmatwala, what made you sign a Sajid Khan film after the debacle that that film was?
It was an easy decision to make for me. Just because a film’s flopped, it doesn’t mean you don’t give the director a second chance. Everyone has good and bad days. He had a flop but he’s had huge hits too.

How different was Humshakals for you in comparison to Jannat 2?
Jannat 2 was my first and I was incredibly nervous. I’d been signed ten days before the film went on the floors and I was everywhere. For Humshakals, it was easier because Sajid gave me a short brief – I had to look hot and I had to ham.

Unlike other Bollywood actresses, you didn’t have problems with wearing a bikini...
Yeah, because if you’re showing a beach scene, what else do you wear? I’ve worn a bikini in front of dad on holidays and if thousands have already seen me in one, what’s a thousand more?

What’s the truth behind all the catfight stories?
There were no problems at all. I knew Bipasha from my Raaz 3 days and I hit it off with Tamannaah on the first day we met. Also, Sajid did not promise me anything that wasn’t given to me. I knew what my role was from day one on and that’s exactly what I’ve got in this film

Not even a sense of healthy competition?
No! See, our characters are so very different that comparisons can’t be drawn. It never got to that ‘uski kameez mere kameez se aur safeed kaise’ sort of situation.

How’d you react to your male co-stars who dressed up like women?
They were way more conscious than us. Ram was the biggest, pun intended, surprise of them all. He kept pulling off his wig and complaining about the heat. Let me tell you that if he said that he enjoyed it, he was lying!

Riteish, having played a woman before, was an utter professional and so particular about everything. He went out and bought nail polish because he wasn’t happy with the shade he had!

Did it take you a while to get used to being in a comedy film?
Yeah, about a day or two. You know that in a Sajid Khan film, you have to overact more than act. I just placed my faith in my director and trusted that he’d do what was best for me and the film.

What’s next?
Nothing I can talk about at the moment. I will however say that I’m looking for films that have a great script too. I’m not saying that I won’t do a Humshakals again but I’m looking to strike a balance between looking good and acting well.


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