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Sobhita Dhulipala: 'I Am Very Excited About This Phase Of My Career'

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Charting a vertical trajectory on the professional front, Sobhita Dhulipala seems to have found her Midas touch. Her first appearance at a beauty pageant led to the Miss India Earth crown; the first audition culminated in Raman Raghav 2.0, a movie by Anurag Kashyap; her maiden web series, Made In Heaven was created by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti and her new show is produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s production house.

How is work progressing on Season 2 of Made In Heaven?
I know they are writing at the moment and that
is all that I know. We have not been given any scripts to read so far but I have heard that they are going to start shooting soon. It is going to be very exciting because it is a show that has been liked a lot and I am looking forward to working on it in the second season.

If we were to rewind a bit, what were some of your favourite moments of Made In Heaven, Season One?
I think I really liked the idea of playing a flawedprotagonist which was very liberating for me as an actor. It was very interesting because it did away with a lot of clichés on how certain things are supposed to be. Looking back, some of myfavourite moments were the flashback sequenceswhere the character has a certain naiveté, she is at the point where she is trying so hard to belong. There is a certain innocence to the character which I found very interesting to interpret and enact. I am really glad that it got made and that it appealed to people.

What kind of insights did your role provide you with into the world of the grand Indian wedding?
It definitely allowed me to experience the factthat no matter which state you come from or which culture you belong to – because it is allvery different, from the clothes, to the rituals tothe traditions. But inspite of all of them being sodifferent from each other, I like the fact that itall comes down to one thing in the end and that is that the newly married couple have a happy life together. I also experienced that sometimes there is an attempt to make everything larger-than-life and it may tend to overshadow the fact that the wedding is about two people deciding to spend their lives with each other.

So, personally speaking, what kind of wedding would you prefer?
Oh, I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it but I do know that when I do get married, it wouldbe a very, very simple affair. I would probably getmarried in court. Just go in sign the papers and have your family, friends, a few neighbours. Just very, very, simple.

Is that diametrically opposed to the world of a wedding planner as seen through the eyes of Tara Khanna?
Yes, because wedding planners have theresponsibility of bringing together a lot of differentaspects. There is a lot of organisation that goes on in the world of wedding planners whether it is logistics or people – they bring it all together.

Do you have a favourite celebrity wedding?
No, I don’t, really. I obviously do not want to talk about other peoples’ weddings but I do know that when it comes to my wedding I would keep it very simple and use the money that I save for something else.

How was it growing up in Vizag?
Vizag is a very quaint town and I think I actually had achildhood because I grew up there. I mean, I look at kidsfrom Mumbai and they are all so smart and confident andcool. We were the exact opposite. I am glad I came to Mumbai during my teenage years and I am glad I grew up in Vizag because they were wonderful growing up years.

What inspired you to get into show business?
I have always had a passion for fashion, so that was the starting point, I think. Then I came to Mumbai for my college and I started auditioning for television commercials and movies. The plan was to give it three to four years and then go back to studies if that didn’t work out.

We understand you aced your first movie audition in 45 minutes and that too with Anurag Kashyap. Do you think that you were made for this?
Movies were not a very big part of our lives when we weregrowing up. I come from a family of academicians and filmsand television were not really something that took up a lot of our time. But when I stood in front of the cameras for my audition with Anurag Kashyap, I realised that I felt very much at home. In fact, I didn’t even know it was for an Anurag Kashyap movie. I came to know about it later.

Congratulations! What a fantastic ride. What happens next?
This is something I would love to talk about because this seems like a very bullish time for me and I am very optimistic about it. I have a new show coming up called Bard Of Blood and it is premiering this month. Then a couple of years ago, I started working on a film called Moothon directed by Geetu Mohandas. It is a bilingua Hindi and Malyalam film and it is all set to premiere at theToronto International Film Festival. I am very excited about this phase of my career.

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