There is no doubt that Esha Gupta is one of the hottest ladies in B-town. She made a striking debut in Bollywood with Emraan Hashmi's 'Jannat 2'. Her next 'Raaz 3D' was again with the same man. Unfortunately post these two films, Esha's tryst with the lady luck at the box office weaned. However the actress refuse to give up and landed a role in Akshay Kumar's 'Rustom'.
In a freewheel chat Esha gets candid about failures, friends and upcoming films.
Excerpts from the interview-
1. I Was A Little Disappointed When I Heard I Wasn't Cast Opposite Akshay Kumar
With all honesty and no hypocrisy- Akshay Kumar. I got a call from the casting director (Shruti Mahajan) and she told me it’s a Neeraj Pandey production, I said okay. I asked her about the film and he said it’s with Akshay Kumar. Then you don’t have to think twice about it (before saying yes to it). When the casting director met me and told me ‘You aren’t with Akshay’, I was a little disappointed with that but she told me to go to the director (Tinu Suresh Anand) and hear the narration. I went and heard it and I was like ‘yes, I am going to be Priti Makhija, this is all I want. I said I am 100% doing it. I wanted to be Priti because it is a stronger character and much bolder. The character is very different. There is glamour in the film too, but we mainstream heroines do no want to take a chance of being negative. I have made it in this industry on my own. I have taken that chance so I was like why not take that chance and do a negative role as well.
2. I Have Come Here On My Own Terms And Conditions
PeeCee (Priyanka Chopra) did Aitraaz, Aishwarya (Rai Bachchan) did Khakee, they weren’t typecast. You will fall in love with PeeCee after watching Aitraaz. That film is on some other level. There are so many Hollywood films where you see actresses turn out to be negative- they be all goody-two-shoes and they turn out to be negative. They don’t get typecast. I think now the industry is changing a lot. I have come here on my own terms and norms so I would rather do what I just feeling like doing than go with the herd.
3. You Start Wishing You Were From The Industry When You Don't Get Good Film Offers
My last film, Humshakals didn’t do well. Till 'Humshakals', it was all good but then the film didn’t work and after that the offers that I was getting weren't the best of offers. That’s the time you realize you wish you were from the industry because there will be someone producing or directing for you, if nothing else, someone funding you. For me, I had every drawback, because if I am not earning, I need to think who is going to pay my rent, how will I do my dance class and weight training? When you get a tooth ache, even a dentist in Mumbai is so expensive. You don’t want to go to a regular person. You want to go to the best one, you can’t take a risk of going to someone you don’t know about. You have to maintain all of that. But luckily, even though my first film (Jannat 2) was 4 years back with Emraan Hashmi, till now the songs are popular, that’s the beauty of Emraan’s films, so I am making money out of that. I kept doing events and kept on doing my work. If you seen fashion wise and what I say and speak, I have always maintained that. I can’t be the ‘haa-haa hee-hee’ kind because I am not like that. I can’t do stupid things which people think are cool because I don’t believe in it. I am a lot into adventure.I still promote what I do. Politically I am very incorrect every time because either I won’t speak or say the truth. So I think it took me really long to come. There were few films, which I won’t name, where they were willing to pay a lot of money but not willing to invest much in the director and producer. I didn’t want to do such a film. I would rather do good films than do bad films for a lot of money. I was very clear what I am in this industry for- for money or for name. When I die, I want people, who don’t even know me, to cry. I think I have achieved that.
4. I Have No Regrets Doing 'Humshakals'
Honestly, I have no regrets. I went with my full heart and Sajid Khan also gave in everything. As a director, he also has the producer’s stress; he wouldn’t want the producer to make losses. While you are making a film, at times, you don’t realize it on your own if it’s doing well or not, it’s your baby and we thought it was going on well. When we saw it, I was like ‘it’s good, it’s funny’ but people were like ‘it’s not funny’ but it was my baby, it was my film and I will love it no matter what. Now more than careful I am just picking up work that I am liking. I was careful that’s why I didn’t do any work from Humshakals till now. Now I am getting good film offers, that is the reason I am just signing.
5. Emraan Is Very Reserved In Nature But Opens Up To Few People
I am very excited. The moment I got to know I messaged him, ‘Yay, we’re working together again’. I even said ‘I am so going to get bored’ because he is just to himself. I used to have porridge and he told me ‘aisa lag raha hai ke mere bacche ki potty ho’ (it looks like my kid’s potty) and then I wouldn’t feel like eating it. He is very reserved but opens up to few people and I think I got lucky. He opened up to me during Raaz because he realised that it was the second film now. He has a sense of humour and is very well read.
6. I Met The Right People When I Started My Career
The biggest learning I have taken from my parents is persistence, perseverance and patience. I am very close to my entire family. My mom and dad are really cool. My dad has a very dark sense of humor, very British way and my mom is loud and big like me, I think I get that from her. I get from both actually, good from mom, bad from dad, lets put it like that. There were times when I was like ‘Will I even make it in this industry? Why did I not pursue law? Maybe I was meant for something else’, but then I thought about it and I was like I did everything and then I ended up coming in this industry, why? There has to be a reason. I didn’t want to move to Bombay, I never thought of acting and modelling I was doing even in Delhi. I moved here and I think I met the right people, I got lucky.
7. I Don't Have Any Friends, Per Say, In The Industry
I am very comfortable in the industry. I know I have a few people, who if are asked for something, will help me out. And I think Akshay sir (Akshay Kumar) is one such people.Even Ileana (D’Cruz) can say that for him or any of his co-star because that’s the kind of person he is. Friends, per say, I don’t have in the industry. I don’t want to go back and discuss the same things. There are times when I call my mom and say ghar ka gossip do (give me the gossip of the house).
8. I Am Not Playing A Negative Role In 'Commando 2'
I have 3 films. My upcoming films are 'Commando 2' and 'Baadshaho'. We’re going to announce my third film in December because we’re not starting before that.I am not playing a negative role in Commando 2 but it’s a different role. I do not have action in that but I wish I had. My role in 'Baadshaho' has action so you can imagine it to be a little rough and tough. We start shooting for 'Baadshaho' from August 23 or 24 and it’s going to be Mumbai and Rajasthan, it’s more of a road trip that we’re doing.