The Indian actress and former beauty queen, who is in Dubai this week to promote a jewelry brand, claims that actors are becoming increasingly soft targets in India.
‘I wish our politicians would talk about the Indian economy which has fallen terribly. Why are they only talking about Bollywood? The job of politicians should be to tell us how they are helping their country grow as a nation. They need to think about their economy and their people’s needs, ”Rautela said in an exclusive interview with Gulf News.
Since the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the spotlight has been on the issue of drug abuse among film idols and the toxic work culture of Bollywood, which, according to Rajput, was driven to suicide on June 14.
Rautela, who is in the United Arab Emirates to promote the Versace decoration of fine jewelry, claims that she deliberately finds the negative story surrounding Bollywood improper.
‘I could never think of speaking against Mumbai or Bollywood. Whatever happens is very unfortunate… Bollywood as such is a creative space filled with actors who are very emotional and sensitive, ”said Rautela (26). The actress from Delhi also faced her scandals and negative press. From being accused of stalking leading Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan to being accused of copying Taylor Swift’s gown, it has not been pretty for the homemade star yet.
Her credits include the romantic comedy ‘Virgin Bhanupriya’ streaming on Zee5 and her upcoming film ‘Black Rose’ which was filmed entirely during the COVID-19 closing. For those wondering, Dubai was her first international trip since the closure took effect in India.
After our interview with Rautela at her suite in the Hotel Versace, she accepts it …
Actors face uncertain future due to COVID-19
‘I’m more than just an actor. I am a humanitarian organization and manage my own foundation. I also support many brands and I have always kept my paths 360 degrees open. I also sing, and unlike some top actors who are not comfortable with dance or dance performances, I’m good with both … My movie ‘Virgin Bhanupriya’ on Zee5 did incredibly well and people loved my performance in it. During the closing I did a series of virtual dance masterclasses charity fundraiser and I was able to donate Rs5 crores [Rs50 million, Dh2.5 million] in the direction of Covid-19 lighting.
“At no point did I feel like I had anything to look forward to. My upcoming film ‘Black Rose’, for example, was a film shot during the exclusion in Hyderabad. The whole movie has only one character and my character is based on Shylock from William Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’. I wore one outfit throughout the film. There’s a lot of pressure, but I’m looking forward to its release. ”
Bollywood is considered an infected industry filled with nepotistic drug addicts
‘There’s a lot of negativity around Bollywood right now … But Mumbai is a city I’ll always love. Mumbai has given me name, identity and I adore this city. Mumbai. I respect that deeply … But I wonder why some news channels track down some people in Bollywood just to expose them, and I do not feel comfortable watching such news … Bollywood has now become a soft target, although there are many important topics that need to be discussed. over. But it is not covered by Indian news channels … Should not we also worry about important topics and not just worry about small things?
‘They talk about drugs in Bollywood, but why do they not also talk about catching drug dealers? I’m not OK with stars that have it [drugs] and I’m totally against it. But if the news channels discuss drug use, it should also cover the corner of drug suppliers. My biggest problem is that they only show drug use in Bollywood 24/7 and that is not acceptable. They also need to focus on other areas, such as the problems our country is going through. As an Indian citizen, we must also pay attention to what we need to do to improve as a nation. ‘
The debate about outsiders and how outsiders in Bollywood find it difficult to be taken seriously
‘Initially, no outsider will be taken seriously, no matter how hard you work. Your work will not be taken seriously with just one film, nor can you prove your worth in one film. As an outsider, you will need to take at least 10-15 films to be taken seriously, provided your performance is good and you have a good work ethic. Maybe in time you will earn some acceptance … But I feel we are now so soft targets.
‘Our actors work so hard for at least 16-17 hours … For example, I took a magazine photo at the Bab Al Shams resort yesterday and I was dressed in an outfit of at least 15-20 kg. I had to be deep in the desert and face the scorching 50 degrees, with some heat on very high heels. It was difficult. Many now underestimate the work of being an actor. Although we have access to various luxuries in life, we rarely get the time to enjoy it … For example, all my maids can enjoy my home in Mumbai. I’m rarely there. We spent so much time and money making it a dream home, but we rarely get time to stay there. ”
Sushant Singh Rajput and his tragic death
“I’m related to him. Like me, he was an outsider and he did engineering just like me. I kept a close eye on all the news at one time or another, but then I had to start shooting for ‘Black Rose’. And I could not keep up with all the news and I was not sure what news I had to trust because there is fabricated news too. And then there comes a point when I just stop reading or watching news about it. The case lasts three or four months with new names and conspiracy theories popping up every day. ‘
We get a raw deal compared to star kids
“The dynamics of Bollywood have changed dramatically as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19 … And I do not compare us and I love Alia Bhatt, but my movie ‘Virgin Bhanupriya’ was better and higher rated by IMDB by viewers as her film ‘Sadak 2’ ‘or’ Khaali Peeli ‘ [starring Ananya Pandey and Ishaan Khatter] which has just been released … Media tend to place star children on a higher level and they are quickly appreciating their fashion sense, their actions as actors and rarely find anything negative about star children to rewrite. They tend to compliment them over and over again. But if an outsider misbehaves, they will be the least mistakes they make. Even if there is nothing wrong, they are treated as objects and are easily spoken to. Maybe it helps with TRPs. Have you seen bad news about a strong child being broadcast? Many have to do with perception in the media. ”
Gossip or scandals that took her life
‘There were nasty allegations that I called Hrithik Roshan at 02:00, 04:00 … I feel bad when I hear similar things about Sushant. When the Hrithik Roshan allegations arose, I was naive … I like Hrithik Roshan and I have a lot of respect for him. But that does not mean that I will marry him, or that there is a love corner there … I love Justin Bieber and I know he is already married and I do not love him in a way that I does not want to marry him.
‘I have a lot of appreciation for talents like Hrithik Roshan, Zayn Malik or Justin Bieber, because I love the work they do and they are very professional with the amazing work they do … It hurts when they tell me about Hrithik Roshan connected, but my PR team advised me not to respond to it. Thinking about it? Why would I call him at 3am? I go to bed every day at 11pm. Clearly, these blind items [gossip articles] has hurt you and you may never show it to your team. But it still gets deep inside you … If they question your character, it destroys you. As an actor, we are creative, sensitive and very emotional … When someone writes something bad about you, it hurts you a lot and pinches it. “
The accusation that she is causing controversy to remain relevant
‘There was a series of fake articles about me at one point … I was at odds over whether I should tweet about it or confront it. But my PR team advised me against it. I firmly believe that such articles are never performed about star children … I do not think any actor needs to address bad publicity to stay relevant. Why should I? I get some really good roles, so why should I commit to it? I’m a winner of the Miss. Universe and is recognized in India, Pakistan and around the world … Some actors may believe that even bad press is good press, but I do not fall into that category … At the end of the day have to get married and i am by nature an indian girl. My mom got married at 18 and everyone wants me to finally get married. They send persistence for my suggestions. ”
Did you know?
Urvashi Rautela believes she does not have the strength or the will to survive a reality show like ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, even though she was offered to take part in it.
‘I was offered … But I just could not do it. I am an overly emotional and creative person. I like design and I like choreography and that is my space, ”said Rautela.
Source: Gulf News