Entertainment Bollywood 17 Aug 2017 Exclusive: I was tol ...

Exclusive: I was told that I was too sexy and I should cover up, says Esha Gupta

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | UMA RAMASUBRAMANIAN
Published Aug 17, 2017, 10:58 pm IST
Updated Aug 18, 2017, 1:24 pm IST
Esha didn’t lose her cool until a troll said that she isn’t an Indian.
Esha Gupta
 Esha Gupta

A couple of weeks ago, Esha Gupta got everyone’s attention when she posted a few pictures on Instagram. The photos an aesthetically shot series with Arjun Mark were loved for showcasing her in a new avatar. 

The encouragement, however, came to a grinding halt when trolls rushed in  to body shame her. But Esha didn’t lose her cool until a troll said that she isn’t an Indian. “Initially I didn’t let it bother me. They are just trolls and I don’t know them personally. They aren’t a part of your life. In fact, it didn’t matter when they called me a s**t. But when they said I am not an Indian, I lost it. I am as much an Indian as them,” she rues, adding, “I was like, what are they doing? You’re sitting, you have Internet, you probably have nothing going on in life.”

 

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Esha reveals her mother is a pillar of strength in such times. “My family is open-minded. Girls from the military background are really strong. My parents know their child isn’t dumb. When my mother came to know about the trolls, she sent me a message which read, ‘royal ignorance is the best policy.’ That’s the kind of family I have,” she says with pride.

 Looking back, she is happy to have made it on her own. “I am happy I don’t have a godfather or a famous surname. At least no one can say that they made Esha. Nobody gets the credit for me,” she says.

Esha has had several link-ups. However, she insists that she is very much single, saying, “But I wish I had someone yaar! Otherwise I wouldn’t be here struggling or look for houses to rent.”

The actress kick started her career in Jannat 2, starring opposite Emraan Hashmi. While Esha hasn’t starred in a career defining role as yet, she is proud about standing out from the mannequin figures that define Bollywood heroines. She says, “I was told I am too dark toned for the industry since it is the fair girls who get roles. I was told that I was too sexy and I should cover up. People had an issue with everything I did. It wasn’t easy for me. But I would say that the industry is indeed a good place.” 

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