Scintillating movie stars, larger than life films, and an unbeatable stardom, this is the blinding glamor of Bollywood. Yes, it blinds us from seeing the flip-side of tinsel town. We wait for big banners to cast bigger stars and make biggest movies of all time but there is a stream of entertainment that runs parallel to the popular cinema- B-grade cinema.
An instant rejection or a judgmental squint comes as the first reaction if we were to mention ‘hot-movies’ in a conversation with normal people. However, what we fail to realize is that equally normal human beings work in this line of cinema.
Pooja Gupta is one such artist whose journey from 14-year-old married girl child to becoming a star of hot movies commands respect.
If you think that she is different because she works in movies you cannot watch with the family, then it is an opinion formed in haste. Indeed she is different from us but because of the courage, it took to stand on her feet when her husband divorced her leaving two children behind.
She is different because of the determination with which she worked for 10 years as a makeup artist to pay bills and take care of her children.
She is different because of the courage it took to get into hot movies and ‘choose’ it as a career. She calls it her “lifeline” and feels proud of her acting skills.
She is different because of the boldness with which she deals with the lecherous but pretentious society.
The artist doesn’t like to mince her words and calls out the hypocrisy of the society on the face. As she recalls one of the confrontations with her neighbors, Pooja straightaway asked if they are ashamed of what she is doing or jealous that they cannot sleep with her. This shows that she is aware of her sexuality and at ease with her work. No one can point fingers.
“Aurat kabhi kamzoor nahi hoti (A woman is never weak).” Pooja declares remembering all the hardships she went through. She urges people to support other artists as well who venture into this line. Today, she has the support of her mother and children, she is one of the biggest stars of hot movies, and her confidence is palpable.
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