In an interview with CS, she clarifies that she’s not from a theatre background, the current gender bias in Bollywood and lot more. An excerpt from the interview.
Journey so far
It has been fun. After the release of Gangs of Wasseypur I have been busy each month - either shooting for a film or an exclusive magazine shoot. I am very happy in the space I am as an actor. Fortunately work has come my way and directors have approached me with scripts.
Bursting the myth
I don't know why people think I come from a theatre background. I have just done some workshops and few plays. It is disrespectful for the people who are committed to the industry for a long time, to be compared with me. I hope after this, everyone knows that I am not from the theatre industry.
Comfortable in my skin
I think it’s very important for everyone to celebrate their sensuality. I don’t know why most Indian girls are expected to portray a virginal image in society. There is nothing wrong in being sexy. I go swimming often, wearing a bikini is not an unusual thing for me. So when I did a magazine photo shoot dressed in a bikini, it garnered a lot of attention. I wonder why? It’s who I am and why should I hide it from others. Also in the advertising industry, we see a man sprays a deodorant and all the girls make a beeline for him. In contrast, when a girl applies fairness cream, she gets engaged. Why should there be one man for a woman, why can’t she have a choice like the men? If she does, we call her names. That’s not fair!
Chip on the nose
I think Bollywood should be braver in their outlook. If need be, people should be able to take a stand and not hide or make statements that are politically correct when things go wrong. For instance, when you have done a film give it your all to promote the film, act well and be there. As an actor it is very important to fulfill your creativity, do work that you will be proud of. As Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you want to see.’