‘Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum’ and now ‘Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story’ – you have yet again fitted perfectly well into the cute-n-sexy mode. Guess that’s the tag which really works for you, right?
(Smiles) Yeah, if audience feel so then why not? I am happy to play along with this tag. It is always good to gain compliments, especially when that image is working with you. Having said that, I don’t want any particular image to be stuck to me.
I am sure any new entrant in Bollywood craves to be seen in a song-n-dance routine with lovey-dovey romantic encounters. It seems to be fulfilled with ‘Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story’, right?
Really, I had never planned it this way that I have to do a quintessential love story or something. Being new in the industry, all I want to do is something that is important for me as an actor. In case of ‘Jayantabhai…’, there was a lot of potential to try and push my acting skills to another level. See, in a comedy there are so many people so you are in a distributed set up where everything has a little something to do. In ‘Jayantabhai…’ though, it is mainly about two principal characters and hence you have to do a very good job. I have pushed myself out of a comfort zone because as an actor this was very challenging.
Well, one can see that you have picked up the challenge well. After all, you and Vivek seem to be sharing wonderful chemistry with each other in the film.
Honestly, Vivek and I didn’t even know each other at all. We were not even friends or something. Also, chemistry isn’t something that you can put your finger on. I have seen couples dating and not sharing any chemistry at all. Sometimes you see real life couple and there is absolutely zero chemistry. So you can’t really say that how does it all end up happening.
So how did you and Vivek work upon that? I am sure he must have put his front foot forward and taken an initiative to make you feel comfortable, right?
As an actor it was very comfortable to be with him. Vivek was very supportive. He used to sit with me and give me time. He would go out of his way and have a healthy discussion that ‘Neha, you could do this or that’. It is important for actors to communicate.
Though ‘Crook’ was a downer, there was a good lease of life that you got with ‘Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum’. Now that ‘Jayantabhai…’ is releasing, how much does the success of a film mean to you?
A hit film is always wonderful for you. Whether it is people amongst audience or from the industry, they all look at you differently. The whole recall quotient becomes very different. So yes, give me a hit film anytime!
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder