‘I want to stand out’

‘I want to stand out’

Gul Panag who stands out among the regular Bollywood divas with her short hair and make-up free look says she tries to pick up roles that are closer to reality.

The actress, who will next be seen in Prakash Jha production’s Turning 30, says she feel fortunate to get roles which are not regular love stories.

“I don’t want to look like an assembly line production. The same glossy long hair and sari makes all actresses look similar. I want to stand out. It is easy to blend than to stand out,” the actress said.

“Similarly, being a niche actor, I am fortunate to get a film like Turning 30. There is more to life than love stories.”

In debutant director Alankrita Srivastav’s film, Gul plays an urban woman, who struggle to control the chaos in her life as she hits 30s. She tries to juggle a job, family, friends while searching for love.

“Things are changing in Bollywood. People are more accepting.

I don’t want to be 24. It is an age of cluelessness. You don’t know what you want from life. But being 30, I am forthright. I know my mind and know what I want from life. Why should I be hesitant about it,” she says.

“My character in the movie is very real. Someone you can identify with.

She is a woman who is dreading 30 because she has not settled yet.

She knows what she wants from her life but not sure how to go about it. It is a dilemma common to us all,” she adds.

In the coming year the actress is planning to venture into production.

“It is in initial stages so I won’t talk about it. We are planning to take up an interesting international project in 2012.

I am working with Ram Gopal Varma again. I also have a film with Pritish Nandy,” she said.

Turning 30, starring Gul and Purab Kohli releases on January 14.

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