Despite having been launched opposite Emraan Hashmi in Crook and a series of big-banner films, Neha Sharma has not seen much stardom. The actress is back with her first romantic musical, Tum Bin 2. In a candid chat, Neha talks about her role, her failures and the not-so rewarding journey in Bollywood so far.
With Tum Bin 2, is there pressure on you to carry the franchise forward after 15 years?
When I was approached for the film, I didn’t have any pressure. I looked at it as a brand new script and character. Whenever one makes a franchise film, it already has a loyal audience. We made a good film with a beautiful narrative.
This is also your first solo romantic film. what have the reactions been like?
Everyone was so welcoming and nice to me. I got a wonderful response when the teaser released. A lot of people from the industry called me to say ‘this is your film’.
What’s your role like in the movie?
I play the role of Taran, who moves to Scotland to be with her older sister. Something unfortunate happens that changes her life. Primarily, it is a love story.
How did you bond with newcomers Aditya Seal and Aashim Gulati while shooting?
The movie was very emotionally taxing for all of us. It had fun moments, but had emotionally draining scenes too. Hence, I won’t say we had a ball together. Though, we bonded well from day one on the sets. We never had any issues or hang-ups.
Do you feel like you’re still waiting for that one commercial success?
I really hope Tum Bin 2 will be that one film. I’ve been in this industry for nine years, but it’s not been rewarding enough for me so far. I’m still getting offers despite my movies not doing well. I feel a sense of gratitude.
Are you happy with the way your career has shaped up post Crook?
It’s disappointing when you put in hard work in a film and it doesn’t work. When you are an actor, everything is not under your control. Failure actually makes you strong.