The sizzling hottie of B-town, Neha Dhupia was the showstopper for the Blender’s Pride Magic Nights fashion show. The leggy lass who played a simple homemaker in her latest film Maximum, in a quick chat with t2 talks about her style, movies and more.
How was it walking the ramp for the Blender’s Pride Magic Nights?
I have been a part of Blender’s Pride family for not just this year but it’s been a long relationship. The group believes in what they promote. The brand stands for style and they promote unadulterated fashion, so it always great to be part of the tours. The best thing about walking the ramp in smaller towns is that people there don’t judge the way you walk or the clothes you are wearing. They watch the models with rapt attention; they accept the way you are. I look forward to promoting fashion in small towns, I feel they are coming of age.
What do you enjoy more modeling or acting?
Being in Bollywood was always a dream come true, as I always wanted to be here. But walking the ramp has its own charm as you get to wear different outfits and understand fashion better. I loved being the showstopper for this event.
How was it walking the ramp for Nishkka and Nandita? What do you thing about their ensemble?
Nandita’s collection is based on monotones. It is more grown–up and mature. She has straight, no nonsense structures, while Nishkka’s work is very colourful and full of verve. Both are different and unique in their own way.
What is Neha Dhupia’s style statement?
Style is all about expressing your individuality and being comfortable. I try to be a minimalist when I am on a holiday. Pyajamas, shorts, simple kurtas are something I swear by. But when I am partying, I like to go the whole hog and glam up. I could go for any clothing depending on the occasion and as long as it looks good.
Who are you favourite designers?
I like a bunch of Indian designers who are doing great work such as Gaurav Gupta, Anamika Khanna, Shivan and Narresh, Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap and others.
What kind of a shopper you would describe yourself as?
I can shop from anywhere. Recently I was traveling and I bought a Zara jacket and I also did a lot of shopping in small kiosks. So I love both branded as well s street wear.
What’s the thing you never leave home without?
I have a nose for French perfumes. I cannot do without them, so you will always find me wearing one.
Any fashion accessory/outfit you think is over hyped?
I feel LBD is something excessively overhyped, it is not necessary to possess one. I think it’s more important to have a nice white shirt, a good pair of blue jeans, a blazer, a pair of great sunglasses and of course nude heels because they look good with almost everything.
Would you ever launch your designer line?
In future I might launch my collection and if I do something like that it would be something on the lines of what Blender’s Pride is doing.
A style tip that never fails
One style tip that will save one from being a faux pas is — please look into the mirror before you go out. Many people don’t do that and end up looking outlandish. It’s an earnest request and I think it is very important.
We see you doing off-beat roles in films like Maximum and Pappu Can’t Dance Sala. It is conscious decision to be picky?
Right now, I am doing one movie at a time. I am doing what I like to do. I am open to all kinds of films whether it is glamorous or a de-glamorised role. The story and the script have to be really good. I want to portray different kinds of roles so that I am not stereotyped. My upcoming movies are Rush with Emraan Hashmi, which releases on October 26 and the other is I am 24, which is in the post-production stage. I will talk about them in detail when I go for the promotions.
Is there any dream role you have?
I wanted to be an athlete when I was young, since I couldn’t become one I would like to portray such a role onscreen.