Neha Dhupia

What is your role in Anees Bazmi’s SINGH IS KINNG?Well I am the only girl in the entire gang of sardars… I am personally a north Indian, but being the only girl in the gang of Punjab was overwhelming. My character is called Julie … she is a full of action packed girl who deals with guns and danger on a daily bases.

You are working for the first time with the entire team including producer Vipul Shah and director Anees Bazmi except for Akshay Kumar, how was your experience?

I had a whale of a time working with the entire team of SINGH IS KINNG…. It was great working with Vipul Shah who as a producer never ever wants any of his artiste to be uncomfortable… he has an amazing ability to get friendly with the artists, he never behaves like a stingy producer, he really takes care of the entire unit really well. Anees sir is a totally different school, he thinks and breathes laughter, he is very funny… I had a blast working with all of them.

Since there is a lot of action in the film, tell some thing about the action sequences?

Yes must say that the action looks amazing… We are a huge gang of goons who are all Sardars, every one expected macho men as gangsters, but these were Sardars, it looks really hilarious… When we started shooting I didn’t know that I would be pushed in to such hard-core action, while in Australia we were shooting an action sequence in limousine, this was my most memorable action scene where I had to pop out of the limousine in a beautiful evening gown, with a gun in my hand and start shooting… It was very difficult but I manage to do it well, now I think I am cut out to be an action heroine…

How was your experience while shooting for such action scenes?

Though the sequences were bit difficult at times but I guess I enjoyed shooting every bit of it. The first time when I used the pistol for a sequence, I literally got scared of the loud sound, it took me some time initially to get used to it because that was the first time I used a gun to such an extent but later I became so used to doing it that whenever I didn’t have hard core action on my schedule, I used to get bored.

The song ‘Bas Ek King’ is gaining popularity amongst the masses, what do you have to say about it?

‘Bas Ek King’ is a wonderful song, shot very lavishly. We had a blast shooting for the song. Pritam has given beautiful music and I personally believe that this song will be as good as Kajara Re…, it will become an anthem. While we were shooting for this song, we were simultaneously shooting for the promotional track only with me, so I had to change costume every 10 minutes; it was like now I am shooting for the title track and now I am shooting for the promotional track, so it was quite tiring but we all managed a good job… after a point I lost the count, number of changes that I had made.

Who has choreographed the track, was it difficult picking up steps since you were shooting for two songs simultaneously?

Well, Remo has choreographed the songs and I think he did a fabulous job, though it was a bit difficult to shoot for two tracks together and remember the steps but I cope up with it quite well because I love dancing and enjoy it a lot.

The songs look beautiful not only because they are well shot but also because every one is looking great, who has done the designing for this gorgeous look of yours in the film?

Well, my costumes are designed by Pooja and Thea who apart from being fabulous designers are also my good friends. I give 100% credit to them for making me look so good in the film.

Almost all males in the film are playing Sardars so obviously they must have taken more time in getting in to their costumes and makeup… how was the experience?

The experience was really hilarious… It was funny to look at every one on the sets clad in a Pagadi with beard and mustache. In the beginning it was little weird to see men taking more time on the sets to get ready but later on it was fun, it was difficult for them at times because some times the beard used to prick or used to feel extremely hot in the pagadi and the out fit but it felt great when we girls used to get ready before them. This must have been a record and happened for the first time in the history of Indian Cinema (laughs)…

Usually when there are two or more actresses in a film, small spats are bound to happen, any such thing that happened between you and Katrina?

No, not at all… We never had any kind of problem while shooting together, in fact I think she is very professional and we both enjoyed working together.

Akshay Kumar being around on the sets means lots of pranks, were you the victim of any of his pranks?nehadhupia

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