Harleen Sethi has been trying to carve a path leading her into Bollywood for quite some time but gets stumped by the star culture imbibed in the industry. The actor reveals there have been times when she has been replaced by an A-lister, who didn’t even audition.
Nevertheless, the struggle to find inroads into Bollywood doesn’t discourage her, who confesses she is content exploring herself as an artiste with diverse web projects, like her last OTT outing with The Gone Game season 2.
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“I want to get into Bollywood. Who doesn’t want to do that? But I am looking for good scripts and meaty parts. It’s not like that since I want to do it, I will do any project just for the heck of it, ya koi A-lister hai Toh Uske opposite cast ho Jaun,” Sethi tells us.
Giving words to her thoughts, the 29-year-old continues, “I always look for parts which have something for me to do. And there have been many instances when I have got such roles in my hands, and almost finalize Hote hue, Reh Gaye.”
Why? Because it always comes down to casting an A-lister, she asserts. She explains, “I will not lie that it is not disappointing. When a Bollywood project of yours is locked for six months, and then all of a sudden you get to know that an A-lister has come onboard for the role. Bura Lagta hai.”
“Recently, I have gone through similar instances. I personally get messages from directors saying ‘it was the best audition, and you were the closest”. But you realize that the part has gone to an A-lister, who didn’t even give an audition or a look test… All of a sudden Woh Kaise aa Gaye. You think why did they go make you go through several rounds of auditions,” Sethi notes, adding that over time she has learned to deal with practically.