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Esha Gupta, Delhi girl now living in Mumbai, is angry at Delhi’s rape-capital tag and a government that can’t provide basic security
Jyothi Prabhakar (BOMBAY TIMES; December 28, 2012)
Delhi’s youngsters are seething, trying their best to get the government to hear them. Even those who do not stay in the capital anymore, but take pride in being called a ‘pucca Delhi person’, want to make themselves heard, like actress Esha Gupta who says she’s angry and pained. “Forget Delhi, Mumbai, being a citizen of India, and all that. If I simply think as a girl, what I have read and seen on TV about this gangrape has horrified me. How much more cruel can man get than this? What psyche? Worse than that of a murderer! Rape is the worst of all crimes that a man can commit. Even murder… the person is dead. But with rape you ruin another person’s life. Leave her living, but she dies inside. In my opinion, this is worse than murder. Capital punishment is too easy — rapists and molesters should be stoned in public, they must be given a slow, painful death,” she says.
“It is my city,” she continues, “And at moments like these, I despair. Why is it happening? This demonish havas among men — when will it end?
And why blame Delhi? Make the laws, change them, if you take pride in moving around in secured vehicles because you are governing us, then govern us properly. And this happens a lot in Delhi — everywhere you go, people stare at you, pass lewd comments, and you are making flyovers and More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; October 14, 2012)Esha Gupta DNA Research N Archives
She had three films to bank on even before her first release, and actress Esha Gupta admits that she could’t have asked for a better start. “I am yet to figure out the hows and the whys of it,” she says. “All I know is that it’s been one day of shooting after another and I have just been soaking up each experience as it comes. And I am prepared to take it all on.” And does that include rumours of link-ups that most actors often face? “Well, I find the thought amusing. Link-ups huh? They better be with someone hot and unattached though,” she laughs.
What about her chemistry with her Chakravyuh co-star Arjun Rampal? “Well, we play a married couple, so we have tried to maintain the flavour of a relationship between a man-and a woman, instead of the regular girl-meets-boy romance. So that role was also interesting for me to play so early on in my career,” shares Esha. Incidentally, the actor sports a tattoo on her wrist with the initials AR and she points out that it did have tongues wagging and imagination running wild. “But it’s not Arjun Rampal as many would like to believe, AR are the initials of my parents’ names,” she reveals.
Esha’s track record is already proving to be an enviable one, but what has everyone talking about is her transition from a sexy Bhatt heroine in Raaz 3 to a tough-as-nails cop in Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh. “I really don’t understand why people find it hard to More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; October 2, 2012)Esha Gupta
It’s been less than a year since Esha Gupta made her debut on the big screen, but with both her films — Jannat 2 and Raaz 3 — getting the superhit status, she’s already gone on from being a newbie to having a place of her own in Bollywood. The fact that in her upcoming film Chakravyuh, she gets to work with filmmaker Prakash Jha — a director most actors wish to work with — adds a new dimension to her CV. “I’m feeling like Alice in Wonderland, trying to figure out what’s happening or how. All that I do know is that I am moving forward with each day, but there’s no rabbit I am following!” says Esha.
More than the hits, what excites the actor is the variety of roles on her platter. In less than a year, Esha has played a simple girl and danced to glam songs in Jannat 2, then she got to look her “ugliest best” in Raaz 3, and now she is playing a no-nonsense cop in Chakravyuh. Point out that it’s the kind of range most actresses take a while to portray, and she says, “I guess I just got lucky! But that’s the real wow factor in my life rather than just the hit tag.”
Esha however does admit that she was initially apprehensive about getting typecasted in a glam image onscreen, thanks to her modelling image off-screen. “I knew that my sexy image could go against me, but I was not afraid to cast the glamour aside at all. So I jumped when I was offered these films. In Chakravyuh I play a woman, who’s nearly 10 years More >
She’s the latest babe out of the Bhatt factory. And a rather bold one at that. With a sizzling sequel under way, Esha Gupta tells Madhureeta Mukherjee all about the stairway to stardom, her intimidating co-stars and the 4-am-friend (read: father) in the film industry. Read on!
BOMBAY TIMES (September 6, 2012)
Enjoying stardom post Jannat 2, are we? I’m not a star! I think lately people have started recognising me on the road, asking for pictures and autographs. I’m not really media-trained. But I have Mahesh sir in my life. I haven’t learnt the art of diplomacy and I get too bogged down by rumours and reports, but I’ve to learn to take myself less seriously. Bhatt sir is always on my speed-dial. He’s like a 4 am father to me.
You’re sharing screen space with two biggies, Emraan and Bipasha in your second film… While in Delhi, I was totally cut-off from Bollywood. I only knew Emraan as this kissing star, and I liked him in Zeher. On the other hand, I was completely smitten by Bipasha. I think she’s the hottest woman in the country, hands down. It’s not easy standing next to her, forget acting with her. I felt like a little goblet with both of them.”
You must be in your teens when Jism released… Ha, ha, I’m not very proud of the fact, but yes, I bunked school to watch Jism. In fact, I wasn’t allowed to watch Raaz (Part 1); my family forbade me from watching it.
Do you think the new Bhatt girl, Sunny Leone, has raised the sex and sensuality bar? I don’t know about that, More >
Esha Gupta on films, fame and battling cockroaches in Raaz 3
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; August 31, 2012)
Two movies from the Bhatt camp — Jannat 2 and Raaz 3 in your debut year! Did being a former Miss India prepare you for the rigours of tinseltown? The Miss India contest arms you with very different skills, but they are all helpful. Emotionally, I’m still the same person, but yes, one does become mature with time. Earlier, I’d never think twice before saying anything, but now I do, especially things I say publicly. And Bollywood’s cruel, but I am loving it. The fan following and the hysteria you generate in a public space is enough to give you a high. Bipasha has been here for 10 years, Emraan for eight years and I’m just a year old, however the few fans I have, make me very happy. When you walk on the road and people scream out your name, the high is unparalleled.
The movies you’ve chosen so far bring the risk of being tagged as a mere sex symbol. Are you okay with that? That’s not the case. I play a cop in Chakravyuh and it’s a very different role. I’m okay with the ‘sexy’ tag as long as people look beyond that and appreciate the effort that has gone into my performance. Also, my directors have given me very different roles, which have helped me grow.
Both your releases have had intimate scenes. What’s your family’s take on this aspect of your career? I have a very broad-minded family. Acting is an art and we understand that. Also, both the directors have dealt More >
Actress talks about her upcoming horror film ‘Raaz 3′, working with Bipasha Basu and carrying a tiger’s eye to ward off evil
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; August 29, 2012)
Esha Gupta’s family has been a big fan of horror films over the decades. Little surprise that Esha grabbed the third film in the Raaz franchise with both hands. Speaking to us over the phone, the actress talks about sharing screen space with Bipasha Basu the original heroine of Raaz and keeping her own talisman to guard her from evil…
We’ve heard you were a fan of the original Raaz? Yes, also my parents are big fans of horror films. In fact, Zee Horror Show and Aahat were the only serials we were allowed to see late in the night. I remember seeing Raaz on cable though it was a very bad print. It was one of the best horror films that had been made in India and I still remember the scenes where Bipasha’s hair flies in the air… they were really scary! But I was very apprehensive about the current installment. I didn’t know if I would be able to act properly.
Do you believe in black magic? Buri nazar is something that I very much believe in. My make-up people and my stylist put a black tikka behind my ear when they find me looking good. I come from Delhi and people there believe a lot in buri nazar. In fact, ever since I joined the industry, I carry a tiger’s eye with me for safety.
How was it working with Bipasha Basu? When I met Bipasha for the first time I was scared but she was just like a friend. I have seen More >
Newcomer Esha Gupta on landing two more Bollywood projects even before her debut film releases
By Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; April 24, 2012)
Esha Gupta believes that in every person’s life there is a force that seems to operate in shaping circumstances and opportunities. Simply defined, it is called luck. Something that the newcomer feels she is blessed with. A Delhi girl, Esha moved to Mumbai as the city had more to offer in her line of work.
It paid off as she soon landed the role of the female lead in an Emraan Hashmi-starrer Jannat 2 as well as two more projects. Presently, she is busy promoting her first film while shooting for another Mahesh Bhatt flick Raaz 3 as well as for Prakash Jha’s film Chakravyuh as we ask her…
Not many newcomers have more projects announced with them even before their debut flick releases? Yes, I am aware of it but as they say certain things are preordained. I am truly blessed. They were meant for me. Normally a film’s box office collection determines a newcomer’s next move but here I am busy shooting two other films simultaneously.
So dreams do come true? Actually during my student days, I did not even think that I would be an actress. I have done my graduation in mass media and thought I would pursue writing. I even wanted to do a post graduation course. In my younger days, I thought I would be a lawyer. I come from a non-film family and Bollywood was something not even remotely on the horizon.
What changed the scheme of things? After I More >