Neha Dhupia has 5 films lined up for release in 2009


MUMBAI: No, Neha Dhupia is not keeping paying guests. Her first film that will release this year is Mukta Arts’ Paying Guest. Quickly the former Miss World says, “I do not have much of a role, but since I had not done comedy in a long time, I agreed to do this film. With four boys in the film and two who are aping to be women, frankly the role was not that great, but I had done a lot of serious films like Maharathi and I wanted a change in scene.”

Dhupia has a good year ahead of her as she has films like Saurabh Shukla’s Pappu Cant Dance, Shamin Desai’s Raftaar, Rajat Kapoor’s Raat Gayee Baat Gaye and finally Priyadarshan’s De Dhana Dhan.

The actress said, “In Raftaar I play a hard nosed owner of a television channel opposite Emraan Hashmi and in complete contrast to that I play a seductress in Raat Gayee Baat Gaye. I am the kind of girl all married men should stay away from in RGBG. But then in Pappu Cant Dance I get to do a comic caper. So there is a lot of variety on my plate.”

She also elaborated, “Initially I used to do movies keeping in mind the director, the co-actor and also the money. But now I have matured. Roles with substance, backed with a good script is important. As I was once told, once on celluloid, it is printed for life. 50 years later people will not remember how much money a film made at the box office, but they will surely remember a good film and that is what I want to be associated with. That’s why I am working with actors like Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah.”