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Neha plays an ambassador’s wife in Santa Banta

Even as Neha Dhupia is very excited about her just released Ungli she gets talking about Santa Banta, a comedy with Boman Irani, Vir Das and Lisa Haydon

Written by Geety Sahgal | Mumbai |
Updated: December 5, 2014 1:00:19 am
Neha Dhupia in Ungli Neha Dhupia in Ungli

Even as Neha Dhupia is very excited about her just released Ungli she gets talking about Santa Banta, a comedy with Boman Irani, Vir Das and Lisa Haydon. Though she cannot divulge details about the film, she reveals that she plays the wife of an ambassador.
“My husband is the ambassador of Fiji as the film is based there. If I name the actor who is playing my husband it will mean giving the plot away. But I can tell you that you will only see him in the beginning and at the end of the film! I am playing a wife, in search of her husband who has been kidnapped, and hires these two detectives Santa and Banta to trace him,” she says, adding that the film is likely to release in early or mid-January next year.
Dhupia is also very upbeat about her role in Ungli. From all the roles that she has essayed so far, the actor says that she has been able to relate best with her character in Ungli. She confesses that though the audience views her as a glamorous actor, as a person she is quite simple in her thinking.
“My character works hard and puts her point across without saying much and letting her work speak for itself. In real life too, I believe in letting my work speak for me. It was interesting to look the part as I support a deglamourised look with glasses, minimal make-up and an all covered look. The other challenge was reflecting the correct image of a television reporter, which is my character in the film. I realised whether they are talking about a blast or wishing their viewers Happy Diwali, the tone of a news reporter is the same. To get the right inflection in my language and using pure Hindi words was interesting, but challenging,” said the actress.
Meanwhile, Dhupia is also hosting, mentoring and judging a show on NDTV Good Times called Kingfisher Supermodels 2. On the film front the actor reveals that she is on the verge of finalising another film, but cannot talk about the project yet.

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