Who would have thought that the girl who is making news for wearing a bikini in the Tamil and Telugu versions of Satya 2 is actually quite an introvert? Aradhna Gupta — who plays a feisty role in Ram Gopal Verma’s Satya 2 that releases on November 8 — remembers being a nervous teenager getting trained for fashion shows in Pune.
“I always wanted to be an actor, but my strategy was to get a foothold in modelling first and then try Bollywood. Sandeep Dharma and Atul Kelkar got in touch with me and asked me to come to Pune for a fashion show. They trained me for a few days before I walked the ramp for
the first time,” says the 21-year-old, who grew up in Mumbai. She remembers being quiet and nervous during the training session.
“The other models were older than me and so confident. There were times that I would doubt whether I would be able to walk the ramp at all. But the training taught me to believe in myself and value my skills,” she adds.
After her debut on the ramp, she did a few modelling assignments for local brands in the city before going back to Mumbai to join Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting School, for which she had won a scholarship while still in college.
“My acting school would send us for auditions as and when the opportunity came along. I got to know that Ramu was casting for the role of my character and met him through a common friend. He asked me to audition and explained the character to me,” says Gupta.
Her role is of an aspiring actor who gets interested
in an underworld gangster. Her character is called Special and “shares negative vibes” with Satya, the protagonist
of the film.
Though Gupta and her character in the film are at the same junction of their lives — both are aspiring actors — they are very different.
“I will never initiate a conversation. People think I am arrogant but really I am just an introvert. On the other hand, my character is an outspoken, feisty woman who tries to be one step ahead of the protagonist at all times,” she says.
Though Gupta was comfortable with acting because she had acted in many plays during college, she says she was heartbroken after her first day of shooting.
“After my first take when I saw the