Mumbai, March 6 (IANS) Last week at the press conference of the movie '123', fiery actress Neetu Chandra is reported to have given the film's director a taste of her acid tongue. However, she denies confronting Ashwani Dheer publicly.
Apparently, when Neetu saw Sameera Reddy had more footage in the promotional video, she stormed up to the self-declared big man (Dheer claims he's a six-foot giant) and openly questioned him for ignoring her in the promotions and favouring the other leading lady.
Denying it, Neetu told IANS: 'Am I so stupid that I'd confront my director in front of the entire press corps? Please grant me more sense than this. Not one scene of mine has been cut from the film. I've shot exactly what was narrated to me. And I had a ball doing the film. In fact, I'm on the verge of signing another film with the same producers.'
The film is being produced by Kumar Mangat, who made movies like 'Omkara' and 'Sunday'. Before Dheer, who seems to have made a habit of courting controversies, what with his recent diatribe against Upen Patel, realised what he was up against when Neetu stormed out of the venue.
Neetu says she is happy with the way her career is going.
'When I came to Mumbai, I had no one to support or promote me. Today, I've four projects in hand including Dibakar Banerjee's 'Oyy Lucky Lucky Oyy' with Abhay Deol and Adlabs film with cinematographer-turned-director P.C. Sreeram and a short film directed by Rahul Dholakia in a series on Mumbai, titled 'Mumbai Cutting'.
'What more could I ask for?' asked the actress who shot to fame in deglamorous disguise as the street girl in Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Traffic Signal'.
'That was a re-launch for me. At a time when all the girls were looking like cosmetic queens, I did a Smita Patil. I'm still grateful to my debut 'Garam Masala'. Sure I was lost in the comedy, but it starred Akshay Kumar and John Abraham. So, people at least saw me.'
The pragmatic girl recently bought her own car. And now she has made her first down payment for her own home in Mumbai.
'People keep saying I've changed. I get very disturbed by that. I try hard to keep with old connections.'