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Tina Desai: Bollywood very hard to crack for me

Tina Desai has made all the right noises in the west ever since starring in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' but the actress fails to understand why the success has not made much of an impact to her Bollywood career.

Tina Desai
Tina Desai

The 28-year-old actress has starred in Hindi movies like 'Yeh Faasley', 'Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande', 'Table No 21', but none of the films have seen the success that the British film has enjoyed.

"Yes, it worries me. I don't know why but Bollywood seems to be very hard to crack for me. I certainly hope I get big budget Bollywood films as soon as possible. I want to know what that complete Bollywood experience is.

"When anyone asks me to compare Hollywood and Bollywood, I find it very hard because I have done bigger projects in the west in terms of films, directors, budget and I have done smaller budget productions in India... I have not had the experience of working in popular films in Bollywood. I absolutely look forward to such opportunities," Tina told PTI.

The actress said 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' has given a major boost to her career in the west.

She has not only bagged the sequel of the film 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' but also a role in upcoming American science fiction drama series 'Sense8', which has been created, co-written and co-directed by 'The Matrix' trilogy creators Andy and Lana Wachowski.

"'Marigold' definitely helped me further my career prospects in the west. If I hadn't done the film, I wouldn't have had any of those openings for me. There are thousands of actors who want to join the industry.

But because of the film I got opportunities easily. I met casting directors, agents, producers. I am very grateful for that," she said.

'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit and features an ensemble cast of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Lillete Dubey, David Strathairn and Richard Gere among others. The John Madden-directed poignant comedy drama hit theatres in the UK on February 26.

"After the first film did well, it was decided that there was more to the story that could be worked on. They came up with a great script which is fancier, funnier than the first one in my opinion," Tina said.

The model-turned-actress said that the shooting schedule for 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' in Udaipur was fun and the film's unit behaved like a big extended family because of the comfort level that had grown between the actors since working in the original film.

"The experience was so much better this time. We all have become friends now, we all kept in touch via social media. We came into this one with that much comfort and that much understanding of each other's personality. It was not like a unit shooting but more like a whole extended family.

"Shooting a comedy requires good atmosphere on sets.

Everyone was in this extra happy mood, we were cheerful. It was an amazing synergy of temperament and professionalism," she said.

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