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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Bollywood mindset has to change’ – Esha Gupta talks about pay gap in the industry

Esha GuptaEsha Gupta entered Bollywood a few years after she was crowned Miss India International in 2007. After appearing in Bollywood films like Total Dhaamal and Rustom, Gupta has become a household name in India.

The 33-year-old actress and self-confessed Arsenal fan was recently at the centre of a controversy, when she shared racist remarks about Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi on her Instagram account. She apologised for the remark but the story was already picked up by every British tabloid.

Moving on from the incident, she has been focusing on her upcoming web series and during a tête-à-tête with BollyNewsUK she opened up about her work and more.

You’re selective with the projects you do in Bollywood. What do you look for in films?
It has to be either a full on commercial film or a great story. If actors start considering films as a ‘business’ then the passion vanishes.

Web series have become a hit in India – is that something that interests you especially since you can reach a global audience with the content?
We need to change with time. I believe web will take over India in a few years as it has more to offer and diverse content for everyone. Personally, all of the shows I watch are online and I’m going to be working on a web series soon too.

You have portrayed various roles: what kind of characters excite you the most?
I absolutely love era films. Rustom was set in the 60s and Badshaho was 70s. I’d love to do more era films as love the feel of such film.


There is still a huge gender pay gap worldwide in every field, although it has been improving for women in some sectors. Bollywood still has to catch up. What’s your take on this issue?
The fact that we are still discussing it, means it still exists. In my own case, I see how actors who’ve done lesser work and fewer films than me, getting paid more. In our industry, men have been given an image of being powerful like everything is riding on their shoulders. This mind set in Bollywood needs to stop now.

India is often in the news for some the crimes that people commit. You are playing a crime branch officer in your next film. How did you prepare for the role? Was it difficult to get in/out of character?
I had to learn a Haryanvi accent for my role. I’ve had extensive training for so that it seems natural. The body language was one thing I had to work on as well.

What else can we expect from you now?
I’m really excited about my web series now.

Esha Gupta, goes ‘Beparwah’ for Akshay Kumar’s Baby

While the forthcoming Baby will be a unique film with no songs, Bhushan Kumar’s high-octane thriller has come up with a novel theme song. The track, titled Beparwah, reflects the theme of the film and is an ode to the attitude of its characters. The makers recently released the audio track, which is fast stirring a buzz on social media.

The gorgeous Esha Gupta, who represents sensuality and glamour that manifests itself in the tone and attitude of the film, shot for the theme song with the music composed by Meet Brothers. The song, which reminisces the various on-goings happening in one’s country, underlines the attitude of the film and, as the makers of the film have stated, history is made by those who give a damn, for those who think selflessly and put country first. A highly stylised set was created especially for the theme song with two distinct looks – one a pristine, angelic white setting and the other a sensuous and mysterious play with darkness. Both looks are plush, accentuated and perfectly capture the mood of the song.


Interview: Esha Gupta talks about ‘Humshakals’

Esha Gupta UK InterviewBollywood beauty Esha Gupta will be seen in UK cinemas this month in Sajid Khan’s much awaited comedy Humshakals. 

The 28-year-old actress and former Kingfisher calendar model made her Bollywood acting debut with Jannat 2 in 2012 and subsequently starred in Raaz 3 and Chakravyuh.

Here Gupta talks to BollyNewsUK about the film and shooting in the United Kingdom..


How are you feeling that ‘Humshakals’ is about to release worldwide now?
It’s just hectic as I am promoting the movie now. I have almost given eight months to a year to the making of this film. I am really excited actually. It was a lot of fun filming as it’s a typical Sajid Khan movie. I can say that it’s a really funny film from whatever I have seen while dubbing my scenes.

It was the first time you came to London when you shot for Humshakals last year. How was your experience filming here in the UK?
We had a long schedule in the UK but we also had breaks and spent time in London. I went to the Emirates Stadium (home to Arsenal Football Club) and spent good two days over there as I am a huge fan. The whole feel of London is really amazing. It was my first time ever in London actually and I am quite happy that it was because of a film. I experienced the night life, walked the ramp at Manish Malhotra’s Pratham show and explored different markets. I found the people really nice and we had nice weather too. Everything was really organised in regards to the filming. We were in London for about a month, which was quite a long time.

Esha Gupta UK InterviewHumshakals is also shot in Haslar and Chatsworth…
I really enjoyed being away from the big city too. It was a different side of the UK that people don’t always see. People only think about London when it comes to the UK. The country side and small towns were really beautiful. We filmed scenes for the mental asylum at Royal Naval Hospital in Haslar, Gosport. It was really scary and amazing at the same time. I don’t really get scared easily and like getting goose bumps. But we heard a lot of ghost stories about the place (laughs). We drove two hours every day to the location and just that drive was an incredible experience. I am happy that we were shooting there because I got to see other places than London.

How did the film come to you? There was talk that you replaced Jacqueline Fernandez in the film… Does this ‘talk’ bother you?
No, I don’t actually think that I replaced anyone. Casting is the maker’s decision and not mine. No one should feel that this is something I did because I didn’t go around asking for the role. Secondly, it is still okay because people remember who does the film at the end of the day. Every film has its own destiny. Someone was telling me recently that Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was offered to other actors but Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol acted in it. The film is so iconic and only they are remembered for it. I know that the cast went through changes but that was the director’s call. I was approached by Puja Films, owned by Vashu Bhagnani, last year in July. I was asked to meet the director, Sajid Khan, and the producer. I met them and Sajid never gave me full script actually (laughs). I was given a brief idea about the film and he told me all about my role. After a week, he gave me a brief narration with his co-writer Aakash and soon after, I was on board for the film. We did look tests, fitting and eventually we started shooting.

Esha Gupta UK Interview I have experienced Sajid Khan shouting at his actors while he was directing Housefull 2 in London. Does that still happen? Did it bother you?
(Laughs) Yes, he still does that. He starts screaming and yelling and it was a bit different for me as it was just my fourth film. Honestly, I wasn’t bothered that he would scream in front of other people. I just get baffled sometimes on such occasions as I am not able to perform correctly. But you just have to blank out and shoot your scenes. He shouts at everyone which shows he treats everyone equally, which is good (laughs).

How was your experience Saif Ali Khan? He is a rather private person sometimes… 
Most of my scenes in the film are with Saif and Riteish. I am also the kind of person who is into myself and my team, like Saif. Whatever time I have spent with him, I enjoyed. He does like to be in his own space but I think that everyone does. After a point, we all need our space. You don’t want to be with the same people you are shooting with daily all the time. Even our parents get bored with each other at some point (Laughs). Whenever I could, I was with my co-stars and director but then I also took off to spend some time with my own team. Saif was really nice and patient during the filming as I am really new in the industry. All my co-stars so far have actually been really supportive so far when we shoot for scenes as getting a perfect scene done in two takes is not my cup of tea yet (laughs).

20th Century Fox releases Sajid Khan’s Humshakals also starring Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Riteish Deshmukh, Tamanaah and Ram Kapoor in UK cinemas on 20th June 2014 nationwide.

‘Humshakals’ wrap up their comic ride!

It’s a wrap, for Humshakals. The shoot for the much-awaited comedy caper Humshakals, in Mauritius, has finally come to an end. Actor Riteish Deshmukh recently posted an image for his fans on the photo and video sharing platform, Instagram, to mark this special occasion. The image, a selfie, shows Riteish and Director Sajid Khan along with co-actor Saif Ali Khan posing for the camera.


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The first look of the movie was released on the day of the India Pakistan T20 Match and has, since then, generated rave reviews for its unique ‘Nine times the fun’ positioning. Fans are eagerly waiting to see their favourite stars on-screen in triple roles.

Humshakals stars Saif Ali Khan, Ram Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh in triple roles – a never-before for Indian cinema, along with Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta as the leading ladies as is set in the United Kingdom. Directed by Sajid Khan, produced by Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment, and presented by Fox Star Studios, Humshakals is slated to release in UK cinemas on 20th June, 2014


Sajid Khan Unveils the Grand First Look of ‘Humshakals’

Director Sajid Khan unveiled the first look of the biggest comedy entertainer of 2014, Humshakals, during the high-octane India-Pakistan match last night.  

Humshakals stars the kings of comedy, Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor, the two male leads and the villain respectively, playing triple roles for the first time in Indian cinema.

The gorgeous leading ladies are Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta. The excitement of the fans amplified the energy, as the motion poster of the movie was introduced, in keeping with the promise of “9 times the fun”.

Directed by Sajid Khan, produced by Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment, and presented by Fox Star Studios, Humshakals is slated to release in UK cinemas on 20th June, 2014.

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Watch: ‘Dhat Teri Ki’ feat. Imran and Esha

The new song from Dharma Productions’ Gori Tere Pyaar Mein titled ‘Dhat Teri Ki’ has been released.  

The song features actor Imran Khan and Esha Gupta and has been composed by Vishal-Shekhar. Dhat Teri Ki has been penned by Kumaar and is sung by Sanam Puri.  

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein starring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor, has garnered much enthusiasm from the audience ever since the release of its official trailer and peppy songs.

Produced by Karan Johar, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is directed by Punit Malhotra and is scheduled to hit UK cinemas on 22nd November 2013.





Bipasha, Esha Gupta and Manish Malhotra to attend Pratham Ball in London

Bipasha Basu in London - Bollywood Showstoppers (4)Top Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta will be walking the ramp for a special collection at the most extravagant celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema in aid of Pratham, India’s largest education NGO working to improve learning levels amongst underprivileged children.

The event is set to be a star-studded affair with a host of British Asian celebrities such as Gurinder Chadha and Preeya Kalidas who have also confirmed their attendance.

Guests will experience a unique collection which is inspired by the three main eras of fashion in Indian Cinema, spanning from 1913 to 2013. They will be taken on a journey of mesmeric panache and distinctive style from every iconic period in Bollywood including a black & white, colour and a pattern era.

The event will also include a ‘jugalbandi as performance art’ from top Indian contemporary artist Manav Gupta (listed amongst the top ten in India by the FT) and widely regarded as a maverick genius. For the first time in London, he will be translating a Sarod performance by Pt. Wajahat Khan LIVE on canvas in front of the audience in stroke play that has no parallel.

Starting his career as a costume designer for films, Bollywood gave Malhotra a creative platform to revolutionise the Indian fashion industry. He has dressed the crème de la crème of Indian celebrities and his reputation also extends beyond the subcontinent with International celebrities including Demi Moore, Kylie Minogue, Reese Witherspoon, Karolina Kurkova, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell counting him as one of their favourite designers.

On lending his support to Pratham Malhotra said: “I am glad to be associated with Pratham, which helps educate underprivileged children in India, a cause which means a lot to me. September is the start of the Indian festive season and I’m excited to celebrate it in London with my 100 years of Indian Cinema fashion show. Bollywood and fashion are both very close to my heart, my journey as a costume designer to a couturier during the last 23 years has been an emotional experience and I’m happy to be sharing it on an International stage”.

 Proceeds from ticket sales and an exclusive live auction will go towards the Pratham Institute which focuses on providing young people with the employability skills needed to address India’s growing need for skilled manpower. Between now and 2025, about 250 million young people are estimated to enter the Indian workforce, while only 5% of them aged 20-24 have obtained vocational skills through a formal training system.

Roy Martins, Board Director of Pratham UK said “Manish is an inspiring individual who has achieved success through sheer determination. We welcome his support and hope that his success will inspire the young minds that Pratham aim to ignite through the funds raised at this event”.


Esha Gupta – The desi Lara Croft

Esha GuptaIt’s been an incredible 2012 for Esha Gupta with back-to-back hits Jannat 2, Chakravyuh and Raaz 3D. Riding high on success, the gorgeous actress is all geared up to play the desi version of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). The role was immortalized on screen by none other than Angelina Jolie and is one of the most recalled roles of her career.

Apart from her acting skills and her screen presence, the uncanny resemblance of Esha Gupta to Angelina Jolie helped her bag this role. This grand project will be an International co-production (Indo-American) and as of now only one film from the series will be made. Esha’s athletic physique and height makes her standout in the crowd. It’s yet to be seen whether the makers change the original script or remake it.

The fact that her previous two films were hits, the makers had no doubt about starring her as the desi Lara Croft. Apart from this project, the talented actor will also be seen in Vishesh Films’ next production. As of now everything related to the project has been kept under wraps.  It’s no wonder that fans are calling her the ‘Indian Angelina Jolie’.