“I find the Deols unique,” declares Neha Sharma as we settle down for a chat at Sunny Super Sound. “They are not media-savvy and do not know the industry jargon that well. They are simple, do not know what politics is in the context of the film business and do their work quietly.
“They are happy people and down-to-earth. Dharamji (Dharmendra) talks the maximum and is entertaining company. I really admire him.”
Sharma, smiling, says that she took up the film because it was like a three-month paid holiday in London. “Over there in that season, the sun was shining only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.!”
Sharma loved enacting the songs “Main Toh Aida Hi Nachna” and “Suit Tera Lal Rang Da” as well. “They have filmed the songs very impressively. ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ is a loud, funny film with a lot of cute scenes, and Bobby Deol and I both play Salman Khan fans,” she says.
Now a few films old (“Crook,” a cameo in “Teri Meri Kahaani,” “Kyaa SuperKool Hain Hum” and “Jayantbhai Ki Love Story”), Sharma realizes that such a big film will lead to her getting “a bigger menu card to choose my assignments from, and more options.”
She believes that glamour is not the antithesis of a good actress. “The director sees you as you are — beautiful or otherwise. And I am here because of destiny as my aim was to be a fashion designer. Suddenly a girl from Delhi became Chiranjeevi’s son’s Ram Charan’s heroine in Puri Jagannadh’s ‘Chirutha’ (2007) and here I am,” the actress says.
Looking for better roles, “like that of Sridevi in ‘Sadma,’” Sharma would like to do the kind of work that will set an example for other actresses a decade later.