"You know, one can't really plan these things", Neha replies after a pause, "Personally for me, earlier it was all about taking up 'a project' but now it is about taking up 'good projects'. I am being extra careful about the projects I am a part of."
And what is her criterion for a project to be good?
"The role has to be good whether it is big or small", pronto comes her reply, "Also something about a project in itself has to be good. It should make sense either cinematically or commercially. Eventually it should work with its target audience. My funda is clear now - either be a part of a good film or a good project. Nothing really comes in between this."
Is this the reason why she is continuing to balance her films well?
"You can say that", smiles Neha, "I have films like Raftaar and De Dana Dan with Emraan Hashmi and Akshay Kumar/Katrina Kaif respectively. On the other hand there are also films like Raat Gayi Baat Gai and I AM 24 with Rajat Kapoor. So it's all happening!"
5 years into the industry, ever since she made her debut in Qayamat, and one can confidently say that Neha Dhupia has really managed to sort out her career rather beautifully. Known for making bold statements and carrying out bolder outfits, she was ahead of trends years back and today when the industry is changing shape for the better, she is a part of it. This is why one sees her in films like Mithya, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Dasvidaniya and Maharathi even as she balances this out with her mini–skirt act in Singh Is Kinng. A planned move, right?