Working in Pakistan made me a better human, Indian actor says

Published: November 21, 2016


Indian actor Deepti Gupta who has worked in a number of Pakistani dramas including Neeyat, Malaal, Ijaazat and Ishq Junoon Deewangi has opened up about her experience of working in the Pakistani entertainment industry.

Speaking to Indian Express during an interview, Gupta revealed that working in Pakistani dramas has helped her grow as a human being.

“I grew up in a very conservative Hindu neighbourhood. I owe my depth of understanding and empathy across religious lines to the love and affection I have received from the people I worked with, and from fans in Pakistan. This experience has expanded my world view and made me a better human being,” she said.

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Gupta praised Pakistani TV producers for their creative content saying, “I have the greatest regard for Siddiqui and Momina Duraid, the creative mind there. They’ve held on to great, poetic story-telling, unlike Indian TV serials. I don’t know if I could have found a similar space for myself in Indian serials.”

Gupta with Faisal Qureshi in Pakistani drama Malaal. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB

The star shared that she was glad to have her Neeyat co-star Mahira Khan in India. “When I found out Mahira is working in Bollywood, I was delighted. And I was so sad when Pakistani artistes were banned,” she said.

Gupta with Mahira Khan in Pakistani drama Neeyat. PHOTO: YOUTUBE

The Malaal fame actor slammed the banning of Pakistani artistes in India, “When Pakistani actors work in India, it’s a small but significant opportunity for the people who interact with them to build bridges. To take that away is a disservice to our own growth as a tolerant society,” she said.

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The actor also shed light on the entertainment industries’ obsession with tall, thin and fair women. “In school, I never told friends I wanted to act, because I felt people will laugh at me. I never considered myself typically beautiful. No one is writing songs on teri bhoori bhoori (your brown) skin. My weight has always gone up and down. Saying that I wanted to be an actress felt audacious,” she said.

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Gupta began her career in Pakistani entertainment industry with Mehreen Jabbar’s Pehchaan and New York Stories in 2006. She has essayed leading roles in several Pakistani dramas since then.

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  • Proud One
    Nov 21, 2016 - 11:57AM

    sedition charges maybe?Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Nov 21, 2016 - 12:53PM

    I dont understand – is she basically from Pak or India ? Recommend

  • VGP
    Nov 21, 2016 - 2:15PM

    No disrespect, but frankly who is sheRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Nov 21, 2016 - 4:46PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:

  • An Indian
    Nov 21, 2016 - 8:40PM

    Stay there and be happy.Recommend

  • farhan kermani
    Nov 21, 2016 - 8:49PM

    Shes been working for quite some time in Pakistani TV dramas shot abroad. pretty good acting and the dramas are deep, no enetrtainment material. I have always liked her.Recommend

  • Farru
    Nov 21, 2016 - 8:59PM

    Those who are showing disrespect to her should watch Pakistani dramas first before commenting here. I have seen her few performances and I liked them.Recommend

  • Huzur
    Nov 21, 2016 - 9:36PM

    This is what people to people contact is all about and both countries need such ambassadors and not the diplomatic variety who can only contribute to suspicion and not fraternity.Recommend

  • Asma
    Nov 21, 2016 - 11:57PM

    Amazing actress who always played major roles in the HUM TV dramas.Recommend

  • Awais Haider
    Nov 22, 2016 - 2:16AM

    Deepti is a talented and my most favourate star. Loved her natural performance in Malal. Recommend

  • M Ali
    Nov 22, 2016 - 8:49AM

    There is a song by Junaid Jumshaid on bhoori.”Sanwaari saloon”Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Nov 22, 2016 - 11:09AM

    Havent seen her acting. But i have heard that she acts well in the dramasRecommend

  • Asad
    Nov 22, 2016 - 11:28AM

    @An Indian:
    Burnol? Recommend

  • Sunny
    Nov 22, 2016 - 12:06PM

    Pakistan is a beautiful and a magical land. Pakistan has got room for everyone irrespective of religion, color and caste. Come visit Pakistan and see it yourself.Recommend

  • Milind
    Nov 22, 2016 - 12:58PM

    @Asad – “Burnol?”

    Why would anybody be jealous? All the 2nd rate actors, who couldn’t make it big in India, shine spectacularly in Pakistan…Recommend

  • Danish
    Nov 22, 2016 - 8:17PM

    Milind you can keep your first grades. We are happy to accommodate the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades ….as long as they are good human beings. What are you doing here anyway?. Go read your own papers. Recommend

  • Bharat
    Nov 22, 2016 - 9:20PM

    Then maybe i should visit Pak too. Recommend

  • shafi
    Nov 23, 2016 - 10:53AM

    Sorry dudes they say these to pass on tides of hatred which is going on both sides of the border. Neverthless deepti you have to say this when you are in pakistan because otherwise you will be thrown ouy.Recommend

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