Madhur Bhandarkar once said to me: ‘Every Friday your friends change in this industry’ which I think is quite true. [Exclusive]

Former Miss India Ruhi Singh, who made her stunning Bollywood debut with Madhur Bhandarkar’s Calendar Girls, will now be seen playing a fearless cop named Meera in Ekta Kapoor Bang Baang’s action thriller web series opposite TikTok star Faisal Shaikh aka Mr. Faizu. Originally from Jaipur, Ruhi has been successful on her own in the modeling and Bollywood industry. She is by far one of the best swimwear in the country. She was mainly interested in fitness, cooking, beauty cheats during the lockdown, and working on her upcoming projects. Also Read – Bang Baang Teaser: Meet BHIKARIYON ka Hrithik Roshan aur Katrina Kaif aka TikTok Star M. Faisu and Ruhi Singh

In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood life, Ruhi spoke at length about Bang Baang, her break with her glamorous avatar, how she thrives to be a better person, and the lessons she has learned working in the industry so far. Also Read – Ruhi Singh Turns Heads In Latest Bikini Photos

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I’m pretty excited. In fact, I’ve been watching Bang Baang since the night it went live. A little nervous too because we really talked about the show and fans are going crazy on social media. It’s a very good feeling. Plus, seeing myself in a cop avatar was pretty cool because I’ve always loved the action and always wanted to play an action hero. So this web series gave me a platform to showcase my talent and skills in the martial arts in which I was trained. So yes, it feels good.

Would you call yourself the next action star?

I just hope people like my action. And I would really love to do more action-oriented movies and web series. And if people call me the next action star, then I would be so happy and totally embrace that.

Was it a conscious decision to take an action-packed role to get rid of your glamorous avatar?

Not just that role, but I also have other upcoming releases where I made all the conscious decisions in order to make powerful and stronger characters where I can showcase my acting skills. Because as an artist it is very important and crucial to get this kind of work. And it’s also hard for people to accept those who come from a modeling or pageant background, in anything other than glamor. The hardest part for me has been convincing people that I have the potential to do a lot, so give me the chance. So now that I have them, I am very thankful to God.

What kind of roles were you offered after your first film?

When I made my Bollywood debut with Calendar Girls, I only got glamorous roles. And I was not very happy with it. There wasn’t much of a difference for me, either in the script or in the plot. I wanted to play powerful roles that will have an impact. And that’s why I’m here. So I decided that whatever I do next has to be a kickass character or I’d rather not.

Did you think you were being typed because you came from a modeling background?

I think it’s very easy for people to put women on hold. Even in the industry, you don’t see women doing a lot of action. They are there to add to that glamor factor. But here in Bang Baang I’m super proud because I do as much action as my hero. There were no separate action sequences, specially designed for me. And having a producer like Ekta Kapoor and director Shraddha Pasi Jairath, it was so empowering that we could do better.

How did you get this role?

I was asked to do a look test by the film unit as they wanted to see if I fit into it. And then I was selected. There hadn’t been multiple auditions but I had heard that they had done a look test on lots of girls, around 1,500, for the part. I therefore feel honored to be the chosen one.

How was your experience working with Ekta Kapoor?

It was fantastic. And I think it’s high time we had more female superheroes. I think it’s going to start a new era with Bang Baang because of the kind of work I’ve done. And Ekta Kapoor is such a powerful woman, she’s an idol to a lot of girls who admire her. Since we were filming during the Covid-19 era, we were talking at the start of the Zoom calls. And she was there to guide us. She is a fantastic person and I really admire her.

Did you model to eventually become an actor?

When I was a kid I actually had so many dreams. My parents gave me the freedom to choose my path, both career and life. As a child, at one point I wanted to become a pilot, an astronaut, I wanted to go to IIT and there so many different plans there. And I’m so glad the game worked. But I participated in all the extracurricular activities, always on stage, in the spotlight. So I knew maybe I would do something in showbiz. I think life is very short and if you can dream it you can do it. Anything that makes you happy, should be your career.

Are you still sure what to do or are you just going with the flow?

First, my motto in life has always been to never give up and second, I don’t think too much. So I’m just working on myself. I am my own product. It can only get better with my own hard work. So I train different skills, I have done various drama classes with very respected coaches. I can sing, I can dance, people ask me how you do so much, but I do all of this to be better equipped for the roles in the future.

Bollywood had a Bang Bang earlier with Hrithik and Katrina. How would you react if people made a comparison?

It’s always nice to be compared to top performers and super talented people. It feels good.

So far you have worked with newcomers. Tell us who is on your wishlist in terms of actors and directors?

I would like to work with a director like Sreeram Raghavan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Imtiaz Ali and so on. My list is very long (laughs). They all did a fantastic job. They have their own movie spoon. And I would like to learn from them. As for the actors, I’m a huge fan of Salman Khan, so yeah, him including Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and even Akshay Kumar.

Are you making an effort to achieve this?

What I honestly do is keep working and making the most of the opportunities that are available to me. I’m not from the industry and no one in my family is from the glamor world. This is all fairly new to me. So I try to find my own way. I have no sponsor or connection. So basically I’m an armed woman.

Since you come from a non-film background, what challenges have you encountered in your journey so far?

My first director, Madhur Bhandarkar, once said to me: “Every Friday your friends change in this industry”, which I think is true enough. My journey has been quite interesting because I learned so much about myself, about people, there were a lot of ups and downs. Bollywood makes you a very strong person because you are constantly being judged by people, whether in auditions or in my performances. But I also love what I do. I am having a great time. Playing is something that really motivates me. I really want to do fulfilling roles that will satisfy me as an artist.

What has been your experience with the people who work behind the camera?

Every industry and the whole world has all kinds of people, good and bad. It depends on who you are focusing on. I have met a lot of strange people in the industry, but at the same time I have also met some great people.

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