With debuted LSD: Love Sex and Dhokha (2010), actress Neha Chauhan says she never thought about being in front of the camera and she came to Mumbai to become a director. “I’ve heard of destiny, but I’ve seen how it played out in my life,” says the actor, who was last seen as a political strategist Maharani-2.
The youngster remembers: “When I switched from Indore, I had no acting ambitions whatsoever. Never actually thought of becoming an actor! I did a directing course and I came here to direct. Within a few months I got an offer to play Dibakar (Banerjee, director) to which I said no! Then I got involved with the casting and production process of the same film. Eventually I agreed to acting and it turned out to be a cult film.”
In between she tried her way towards. “I wrote and directed Letters to Dharavi (2011), which is based on a special mechanism that postmen use to deliver mail.”
Chauhan worked on several projects. “I never had a break. I starred in a Tamil film and a Haryanvi film, did a Telugu cast cast film, theater with Pramod Pathak, commercials and many web projects including Humorous yours, It is not so easy, Shaitani Haveli and inside edge. So I’ve never been out of work, but now with the OTT boom you’ve seen a lot. I just want to continue with the momentum.”
However, she was never interested in television. “Scripts that have no beginning and no end don’t interest me and I know I can’t live up to that, so why commit unnecessarily and regret later! I agree that there’s a lot of money to be made on TV, but money can’t be the only motivation.”
Her urge to direct is now taking shape. “Right now I’m totally immersed in acting – mind, body and spirit – but I have an itch to direct again. I’ve written a few short films so I’m starting with that and using my acting skills, my experience from working with great directors like Satish Kaushik, Dibakar and Shubhash Kapoor. Something will probably happen within a year.”
She has a strong UP connection. “My father is from Bijnor and my mother from Moradabad. However, I was born in Nigeria and then moved to Faridabad and then to Indore for most of my life. In 2019 I shot for film Kaagaz on the outskirts of Lucknow and I’m shooting for another series now (moonlight) in the state capital.”
She will also appear in the next season of rocket boy Once again.
“I’m very happy with the type of people I work with. My expectations are not high and I just try to raise the bar a little bit higher with every project. It’s a great feeling to be the person and stick with the character throughout the day, she says.