'No one is your friend here'

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Neha Sharma, who started her career with Southern films, has done a couple of Hindi movies but she still feels like an outsider in Bollywood and says “no one is your friend here”.

She was seen in the films Crook, Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum and the recently 
released Youngistaan. 

“I don’t think I’ve found wide acceptance. I don’t even think the big banners know about me. But I am still trying to find my bearings around here,” said the 26-year-old Bihari girl.

“It isn’t easy since I am very conservative at heart. Back home in Bhagalpur, we were a very non-filmy family. We didn’t know much about movies except for Mr Amitabh Bachchan. And we knew about Sanjeev Kumar because he was my mother’s favourite actor. 

My three siblings were all into academics. And two of them are now settled in Chicago,” 
she added.

Neha is hoping Youngistaan would bring her the kind of recognition that she is working towards. 

“I did get my first film easily,” said the actress who debuted with director Puri Jagganath’s Telugu movie Chirutha in 2007.  
 
“But since then, it hasn’t been an easy journey for me. Once I did a couple of Telugu films, I wanted to move to Bollywood. That’s where the struggle began. Though I bagged Crook with a big banner (Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt) and with a top leading man Emraan Hashmi, the film didn’t do well.”

“Though ‘Crook’ didn’t work, I think it was a good film. Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum received a lot of flak. But it was a commercial success. That’s what counts in the film industry,” she said. 

Though Neha loves Mumbai, she is still wary of Bollywood.

“No one is your friend here. Everyone is here to do her work. I am still searching for a meaning to this industry beyond the box office. Luckily, I got Youngistaan just in time. I am hoping it would be a turning point for me,” she said.

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