Barely a year old in the industry, actor Esha Gupta already has three hits in her kitty. But considering all her three films — Jannat 2, Raaz 3, Chakravyuh — belonged to different genres, ask her what kind of films is she looking at now and she says the draw is only the script. “When it comes to choosing, I would hate to split a film into genre or anything else. The film needs to appeal to me in totality,” she says. “I am glad that my films are not letting slotting me into a particular image either. So, I leave it to the filmmakers to mould me into the character they want on screen. I am game for all challenges,” adds the actor.
Having gone from being a Bhatt heroine to a Prakash Jha lead, Esha admits that the bar set is very high. “But I don’t feel pressure of any sort because it’s me who’s going to be changing that bar with each film. I want to keep getting better. As much for myself as it’s for the audience,” adds the actor.
As for her swing from one thought of filmmaking to the other, she says, “For me, doing a Bhatt film is as respectable as doing a Jha film, because both are equally challenging and interesting. One is more hard-hitting and grittier, but that doesn’t mean it took any less effort to act in a horror film. I think glam or de-glam, the role can be just as challenging.”
But ask her what role did she enjoy the most and she says, “It may sound clichéd, but actually all. I love the layers all filmmakers gave my characters in their films. So each character was something at the surface but there was more to them on a deeper level. That was very relatable and real. So that’s what I enjoy. Not simple, but layered characters that have more to them than meets the eye,” explains Esha.
Is that how the real Esha is too? “To a great extent yes, people do tend to assume many things when they look at me, but always end up saying that there’s far more to me than they thought I had before they knew me. So, that I think is something I seek for in my roles too,” smiles Esha.