EXCLUSIVE Jagga Jasoos actor Sayani Gupta: If you aren’t a star, your talent won’t be respected in Bollywood

“I love Shah Rukh. Sayani refused, saying that director Anurag Basu works in an independent and democratic manner and doesn’t hold stardom above the script. He and dada (Anurag) are very grounded people so, there was no weight being thrown around. 2017-07-13T21:29:23+00:00″>
Updated: July 13, 2017 9:29 pm

Sayani Gupta, who will be next seen in Jagga Jasoos, says Bollywood needs to move beyond star-pleasing culture. And I don’t mean to say that if I become a star one day then I will control things in a way but the fact is we like putting one person in a higher position than everybody else.”

Did she simply say that there was a disparity on Jagga Jasoos set given the presence of stars like Ranbir and Katrina? Having said that, it’s definitely disheartening that your role goes through such a big change over the course of the film and it is reduced to something far smaller than what it was initially. It’s a fact that most of the stars can’t act. Earlier this year, Sayani was seen in Akshay Kumar-led Jolly LLB and come tomorrow, the audience will see her sharing screen space with Ranbir Kapoor in Jagga Jasoos. That’s in Indian culture. But as her popularity and visibility are increasing courtesy these films, personally the actor has been left disillusioned after working on these stars-led vehicles. Just before making this point, Sayani spoke about her disappointment with her role in Jagga Jasoos being heavily reduced and how she couldn’t do anything about it as she wasn’t a star. “Ranbir is a very humble person. We are like that as a society.”
Explaining herself by citing Shah Rukh’s example, Sayani said while he is the most chilled out actor she has ever worked with, she saw others around him on the set of FAN creating the unnecessary baggage. In an interview to indianexpress.com, the actor opened about the disparity she has observed in the treatment meted out to stars and other actors working on a film. But most of the times it’s not these stars but people around them who create the cloud. Katrina was also chilled out. “Quite early in my career I have realised that your energy, efforts and talent will not be respected if you are not a star. I want to be the biggest star in the country only so that my efforts get counted,” she said. But it’s okay. That’s sad. The way he talks to you, have conversations with you and works on the set, it’s amazing. Related News
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Nevertheless, the actor has made peace with the prevalent star culture in Bollywood and she believes that things will only change when quality of actors is more accepted and mediocrity in acting is challenged. I am not a star, I don’t have that power. I hope more and more good actors become successful so the lines are blurred. He is the most chilled out co-star. He doesn’t let you believe that you are working with a star. We have such mediocre standards of good work that a performance, which is just a little above average also gets appreciated like it’s something great.”
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd “I am hoping that with my success I can push the envelope and change things in my own way. “I believe whatever happens should happen for the best of the film so, I am sure whatever changes were made with my role were for the bigger picture.