Newcomer Neha Sharma taking up unconventional roles
New Delhi: Newbie actress Neha Sharma says she had no qualms taking up the small role of Shahid Kapoor`s girlfriend in upcoming film ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ as she is not looking for conventional roles in Bollywood.
Having made her acting debut as a leading lady opposite Emraan Hashmi in ‘Crook’, Neha will now be seen playing Meera, Shahid`s "dominating and bratty" girlfriend in the London setting of ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’.
"Though it`s a relatively smaller part, I did the film since I could relate to Meera. She is someone with grey shades and though she loves this guy (Shahid), she is pretty dominating and bratty.
"I didn`t have any qualms playing such a character because all girlfriends can`t really be docile. It is a normal relationship that we have depicted here; the kind that couples today share. The space which I have got into in `Teri Meri Kahaani` is not really `filmy`," Neha told PTI.
The 24-year-old actress has a number of films in her kitty, including sex-comedy ‘Kya Super Kool Hain Hum’ and as Vivek Oberoi`s solo female lead in ‘Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story’. Neha thinks playing a bit role in a film like ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ will not be limiting her prospects.
"Cliched as it may sound, but it is not just about the length of the character that you play, it was more about the kind of girl I was bringing on screen. It is a guest appearance but I really liked portraying Meera.
"I am sure there are others who think this is not the right move. However, conventional isn`t something for me in any case. Even `Crook` was hardly a quintessential love story with which I started my career. It was a dramatic tale about racism. Even `Kya Super Kool Hain Hum` is not conventional in any way," said Neha.
‘Teri Meri Kahaani’, directed by Kunal Kohli and starring Priyanka Chopra as the female lead, shows three different love stories set in 1910, 1960 and 2012.
"Kunal has indeed told an epic love story and I really like what Meera brings to the table. It was a wonderful experience working on the film and a real fun trip," Neha said.
As for her next film ‘Kya Super Kool Hain Hum’ where she would be seen in a much longer part, Neha is keeping her fingers crossed.
"I had already finished `Teri Meri Kahaani` before starting `Kya Super Kool Hain Hum`. The promos are already a rage and the film is shaping up well too. It should be a happening year for sure."
When it comes to taking up film projects, Neha says she signs on the dotted line only when she is sure that the film will be liked by the audience.
"First I have to look at the film from an audience point of view. One has to see the story from an actor`s point of view as well, but before that, I need to ensure hits. Hence the second thing I need to do is work on survival projects.
"For me, both are equally important because I have to do a film which is liked by the audience. It may not be a brilliant biopic or anything great but it should be successful," she said.