Neeru Bajwa embarked her journey in Bollywood with Dev Anand's Main Solah Baras Ki in 1998 and she has gone on to become a huge name in the Punjabi film industry. She says she was "put off" by Bollywood after she encountered an "indecent experience." The actress, whose latest Punjabi film is Shadaa with Diljit Dosanjh, has been seen promoting the movie since the past few days.
When asked as to why she did not try to push her luck further in Bollywood, Neeru told IANS: "Well, without taking any name, I just want to say that I had a really indecent experience during a meeting for a Hindi film. I was told that 'This is what you have to do to make it here'. It left me shaken, uncomfortable and I was put off."
"I am not saying that that is how the industry works. I am saying that I was one of the unfortunate actresses who had encountered a terrifying experience. Since then, I did not try my luck in Bollywood and I never will. I am comfortable in my space in Punjabi cinema," added the actress, who has grabbed several awards for her roles in films like Mel Karade Rabba, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya and Jatt & Juliet 2.
She reckons the fact that the reach of Punjabi films is wide internationally, especially in Canada but talking about its pan-India release, Neeru said: "I think it also depends on the actors in the film. As for Shadaa, we are releasing the film for the Mumbai audience especially, because of Diljit. Now that he has strong followers among the Hindi audience, we know that this film will have a greater reach."
Shadaa is directed by Jagdeep Sidhu and is released today.
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