“I am not going to conform to somebody else’s idea of beauty.” Says Deepti Gupta

Posted on Nov 22 2016 - 1:50am
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The name Deepti Gupta has become quite a known face in Pakistan after starring in a number of local television serials. She made her way into Pakistani dramas following Mehreen Jabbar’s Pehchaan and since then, has been working for our TV’s. However, things were not always as hunky dory for Gupta and she struggled for years before her career was launched. The lady revealed it all in her interview in the Indian Express.

Deepti Gupta grew up realizing that her heart was determined to be a part of Bollywood, but wasn’t able to get through due to a lack of proper sources. However, she didn’t give up on her dreams and began doing theater in school in Delhi. She later headed to Singapore and subsequently to the USA, to prepare as a performer. She moved to New York in 2004, and tended to tables and looked after children, while trying out acting opportunities.

Craigslist drove her to the Pakistani executive, Mehreen Jabbar and she started off work in Pehchaan and New York Stories. Gupta took up roles for 10 years in Pakistani dramatizations, which were shot in Australia, South Africa, Mauritius and the USA. Indians got the opportunity to see her act when Malaal, Ijaazat and Neeyat broadcast on Zindagi channel this year.

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While working for India and Pakistan, Gupta proceeded her career by working for Hollywood too. She has worked in movies like Rated and Walkaway; composing and coordinating as well as doing ads and TV appearances. Presently living in Los Angeles, Gupta, who is in her thirties, talked about the experience of working in Hollywood and Pakistani shows and the businesses’ fixation on tall, thin and reasonable/white ladies. In an interview, Gupta was asked how her journey to Hollywood was to which she replied,

“Hollywood gave me this idea that in America, an independent woman had her place in the world. I came to the US for a Master’s in fine arts. Just as Hindus are the default in India, whites are the default in Hollywood. Even though the story of a character does not require her to be white, that’s the story they’re interested in telling and this industry wants Size Zero. Taller is desirable. If you’re white, you’ll get the lead. If not, you’ll be the best friend or the neighbor, who has one line for comic relief.”

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She further remarked at the high sense of stereotypes created in the industry, “Looking at Priyanka Chopra’s rising career graph in Hollywood, there’s a sense that outsiders can make it here. Hollywood is racially a very backward industry, however things are shifting slowly, though with Trump winning the elections, I don’t know how things will turn out.”

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According to Deepti, her experience in Pakistani dramas was like an oasis. They allowed her to play characters that were complex and full. Of course, there were problematic elements to some of the characters and she mostly played like the wife who is scorned for a prettier girl. Nevertheless, she decided very early that she was going to play these parts from a place of strength.

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The actor never felt any tension with the Pakistanis she worked with, she further elaborated by saying, “The people who carried out the attacks on Mumbai were Pakistanis and Muslims, but that does not speak for the entire Pakistani or Muslim people. By the same token, all Hindus shouldn’t be condemned for the RSS’s actions. And if Hindus can say they don’t all endorse the RSS, why don’t Muslims or Pakistanis get the same pass?”

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“I am not going to conform to somebody else’s idea of beauty.” Says Deepti Gupta was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by greendecker

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