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With a dream launch in 'Jannat 2', Esha Gupta sets her sights on a wider horizon. Her debut film 'Raaz 3' has opened to a full house
How has your journey in the film industry been so far?
I have been lucky that my journey has been extremely good. Being a newcomer, I have been fortunate to have been launched by a very prestigious production house, Vishesh Films. In this industry, both luck and talent play a very pivotal role. You may have the talent but no luck. Likewise if luck is on your side, without talent too, you can become a success.
Were you nervous working with Emraan Hashmi in your debut film?
Oh yes, I was quite nervous but Emraan is an amazing, versatile actor. He was supportive and encouraged me when I felt disheartened at the number of retakes I had to give initially. He made me realise that it really did not matter whether the shot was okayed in the first take or at the 50th. The final product was what mattered.
Do you feel that your role in 'Raaz 3' reflects the stark reality of life of an actor?
I play a successful actress who takes over the mantle from a once successful heroine whose career is now on the wane. So in real life also, I know that every actor, especially a female has a shelf life. Once she has crossed 30 or gets married, people expect her to sit at home and take care of the family. I admire Kajol and would love to watch her in films. I think it has a lot to do with our Indian mentality which is reflected in our industry. However, this is not the case abroad. Meryl Streep still looks gorgeous and is working in some amazing films. Having said that, I feel that the old order gives way to the new. I know that after, say 10 or 12 years down the line, I too shall have to make place for the young crop of actors entering the industry.