Former beauty queen Esha Gupta has made quite a mark in Bollywood and surprised everyone with her performance in the highly acclaimed Rustom. Gupta talks to Sayali Parab about her soon-to-release Commando 2 and also gets candid about the much-awaited Baadshaho
How did Commando 2 come your way?
Vipul Shah told he had a fantastic script which he wanted me to read but he did not reveal any details of the film till I met him. He did not even mention the name of the film. Later, Deven Bhojani and Vipul both gave me a narration and told me that they wanted me to play Maria. I was, like, this is the character I have been looking for and now it’s happened!
Did you have anything specific in mind or a check-list before signing the film? Or was it an intuitive decision?
No, I did not have anything in mind. Maria’s character is different and I am always looking forward to doing different characters. Maria’s character is very different from the character I played in Rustom. So I want people to see me in different roles.
Your character has been kept under wraps. Why is that?
I can’t say much about my character because that is the strategy we are using. Maria has a lot of fear. I can only say that she is a kind of a psycho girl. March 3 is just around the corner and you will see my character then.
Did you have to do any special prep and did you face any challenges?
I did not do any kind of preparation. When I was on the set, I was Maria. I did not have any action sequences to prepare for. So no, no preparation. Every girl wants to play a character where one or two guys fall in love with her and then they fight for her. This story is different. This film has a twisted love story, and it’s nothing like an ordinary love story. Cinema is changing and the audience wants something different. This film is a Bond kind of film.
What was it like working with Deven Bhojani?
Deven gave me a detailed brief on how he saw Maria. He sat with me and we went over my lines, as in how he sees Maria talking and behaving. That helped me sync with the character. Maria talks and looks in a particular way and there are many layers to her character. I trusted Deven and I went with it. I didn’t have to do any homework. Deven prepared me very well. He knew exactly what he wanted. I didn’t look at the monitor since I would end up checking my hair and make-up, and just let it go.
I have not watched the film as yet but others have. It has great action, and with action you need beauty and there I am! The film has excellent suspense and I feel the audience will enjoy it. Honestly, the audience will love the script. When I heard the narration for the first time, I was taken aback just listening to how the story unfolded. That’s the USP of the film and that’s why I am confident that the audience will love the script.
I am good with working out suspense. When someone is telling me a story or when I am reading a book, I find it quite easy to predict what will happen in the end. This film has a lot going for it but, for me, the USP is its script.
We have seen you play different kinds of roles. Do you select a film based on the role you are being offered or do you go by the script?
Of course, I am selfish and definitely consider the importance of the role being offered to me but I look at the role after I assess the script. So, I would say it is always the script and the director. Like, for Baadshaho, it’s the script, the director, the actors and the dialogue. Actually, this film is a package. Even for Commando 2, it was the script first and then I heard Maria and said ‘yes’, I want to be Maria. I want it in my filmography that yes I played the role of Maria.
Since Baadshaho is next in line for you, can you share something about the film?
It’s too soon to talk about this film. It is set in Rajasthan and it is set in the 1970s. It is a period film, which is amazing because it gives you the chance to live a lot of lives. The entire cast is amazing… the script, the director and the team of Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hasmi and Milan Luthria. Their team work in Once Upon A Time is still remembered and I think they will be remembered for this film too. The dialogue of this film is very powerful. Every character is very strong and that’s the beauty of this film.