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Julie is back... and how!

She may not have been able to get much attention with "Qayamat" last year but Neha Dhupia is giving it all in "Julie", releasing this month. ANUJ KUMAR speaks to the heroine unapologetic about enacting the much talked about scenes.



Neha Dhupia... Taking a dip into acting seriously. Photo: R.V. Moorthy.

DUMB IS getting dumber, words are making way for body, nudity is priming towards the superlative degree and the latest excuse is, "Today only two things sell, one is Shah Rukh and the other is sex," claims Neha Dhupia during her self-proclaimed 500th interview on her latest effort Julie, the bold story of a high society prostitute.

Neha, who prefers calling it the journey of a girl and her emotions, continues in the same vein, "Today people understand when a couple goes to bed they switch off the lights and make love rather than listen birds chirping. The film industry is going through a renaissance."

Is there any limit how much lovemaking will make the audience understand the sense? "Censor board is there to decide the limit."

Puerile, particularly when it comes from a former Miss India but even queer is the promotion of the film, which concentrates on her bareback and seductive postures rather than the message of the film. "Promotion is done according to market needs. Whatever one says in public, everybody rushes to watch films where there is a skin show. There is a 23-minute climax, where I speak about the suffering of the lot. It is far tougher doing a Julie than running around trees. Doing this film I have grown almost by 200 percent. I underwent physical training as well to fit into the character."

Neha says she told her parents when she signed the film and it was her father who told her about the promos when they started appearing on T.V. "I was a bit scared when he called me. When he graphically described the whole thing, I realised that he understands it is just a film."

Incidentally, there was another Julie in the mid-`70s, similarly bold for its times. Starring Vikram and Lakshmi, it attracted more than passing attention.

Neha was launched with Qayamat last year but apart from her bikini act she went unnoticed. "I was lost in the crowd of men. I do not want to play a sobbing lover anymore. I want to be part of the action. That is one of the reasons I signed Julie. Here I am in 79 out of 80 scenes." However, in Qayamat even for a couple of scenes role, her voice was not used. Though Neha claims this time it is different, director Deepak Shivdasani says he has used the voice of a T.V. artist instead of Neha and he has that in writing.

As the dumbing down continues, after Julie Neha is going back to multistarrers with Rakht, a sequel to Hera Pheri and Kya Kool Hain Hum in her kitty.

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