'Nepotism does exist'

'Nepotism does exist'

Multifaceted actor

Actor Sandeepa Dhar, who was first seen on screen in ‘Isi Life Mein’, has come a long way. The artiste, who was later seen in ‘Heropanti’ and ‘Dabangg 2’, is all excited as she has a lot on her plate.

While she awaits the release of ‘Baraat Company’ on July 28, she is also playing the lead in an international musical called ‘West Side Story’, which is produced by the Australian Dance Theatre. In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, the actor sheds light on her work and life in Bollywood.

How did you get drawn to acting?

Acting happened by chance. I never thought that I would be an actor. After my first movie, I realised that I loved being on sets all the time.

Tell us about ‘Baraat Company’.

‘Baraat Company’ is not the typical run-of-the-mill romantic comedy; it’s a project with a difference. I wanted to work in a light project. The script has quirky characters who are raw and ‘desi’.

Challenges you face as an actor...

Like in any field, gender inequality and difference in remuneration are issues faced in the movie industry too. But the fact that an actor is exposing his or her emotions to the public and people are quick to judge can be challenging.

Your fitness mantra...

Fitness is very important to me. I am a trained professional dancer and I do kickboxing and yoga.

You also do theatre. Tell us about ‘West Side Story’.

It’s been a thrilling experience. I love dancing and acting on stage and the musical is the best conglomeration of both. We’re doing the 104th show now.

Thoughts about the nepotism debate...

Nepotism does exist. It would be ridiculous to say that it doesn’t. It is there in every industry. I also want to point out that success doesn’t have anything to do with nepotism. It acts as a launchpad but after that it’s all about one’s own work, even if it is
Abhishek Bachchan or Ranbir Kapoor.

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