Tanushree Dutta's career in the glamour world began when she participated in the Miss India contest in 2004. She proved her mettle by winning the coveted crown. While she was still the reigning Miss India, she was offered her first film namely Chocolate and subsequently Aashiq Banaya Aapne. Here is Tanushree on everything from her upcoming films to her favorite ring tones in an exclusive interview.
For starters, tell us a little about your role in Aashiq Banaya Aapne?
My role in Aashiq Banaya Aapne is that of a young, college going, bubbly girl, who is very naïve and innocent. At the same time, she has a lot of energy in her. She attracts people to her because of her liveliness and radiance she exudes.
Did you always want to become an actress?
No, not really. When I was a child, I started having ambitions about the glamour world. And I always thought about becoming a Miss India. It was my dream. I wanted to become a fashion model, go to Paris, and do FTV! Becoming an actress was not something that crossed my mind ever. When I was taking part in Miss India, the probability and the possibility of me winning the crown came forth. A lot of people who have won Miss India before have joined Bollywood. In fact, not only the winners, but contestants as well have joined acting in some way or the other. That is when I started considering the possibility of taking up acting as a career.
Was there ever a moment in your life when you said “Bollywood is the place I want to be”?
That moment actually came when I was finishing my shoot for Chocolate. I had started shooting for Aashiq Banaya Aapne. That was the time I realized, this is the place I want to be, and this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. It was then, that I had started enjoying the process of performing a different character and being someone who is not exactly you. The song and dance routine and the locations abroad also excited me.
How did this role come about?
I was doing my last schedule of Chocolate, when the executive producer of Aashiq Banaya Aapne, who also happens to be the executive producer of Chocolate, approached me. He told me that they were casting for the film Aashiq Banaya Aapne and if I was interested in hearing a narration. I said “why not” because I had almost finished with Chocolate and I was looking forward to doing more projects and varieties of roles. That's when I met Aditya. The script was narrated to me and I liked it. The role was brilliant and I wanted to do something light, romantic and mushy. That's how it came about.