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Ruhi Singh on OTT: People are now appreciating content instead of blindly going to theatres because of certain names | Hindi Movie News


Ruhi Singh, who is currently basking in the success of her latest digital series, ‘Chakravyuh’ and ‘Runaway Lugaai’, has a bucket list of actors she wishes to work with. In an exclusive interview with ETimes, the actress spills the beans on her OTT experience, handling trolls on social media and her fitness mantra. Excerpts:
You have proved your mettle as an actor. Is it true that you wanted to be a singer?
When you are a teenager, who doesn’t want to be a pop singer? That was exactly my dream. As a child, I wanted to be a pop star. I hope I will be working towards it very soon. You will hear me sing soon because, as an individual, I believe in doing everything I set my heart to.

You took up action in ‘Bang Bang’, played a posh woman in ‘Chakravyuh’, and now a village belle ‘Runaway Lugaai’. How has your experience been in the digital space?
My experience in the OTT space has been absolutely phenomenal. The digital space has opened so many doors for actors who come from other cities and don’t belong to film families. Not only for actors, but it has also been a boon for technicians. I got to work in these completely different web series and showcase my skills. There is so much freedom when it comes to creating content in the digital space! People are now appreciating the content instead of blindly going to theatres because of certain names.
There is a surge of women-centric content, especially on OTT. How do you look at this change as an actor?
Yes, I agree. The time has come when women can finally come out and shine. From ‘Delhi Crime’ to ‘Runaway Lugaai’, where I play a lead--there is so much exposure for women. We are getting opportunities to shoulder a film or a series on our own. It is an amazing time for women. I welcome this change. It is an absolute treat.
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Were you a movie buff in your childhood days? Who did you idolise?
I actually grew up watching ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ because my father used to make me watch it every Sunday. So, I have been a fan of classic cinema but I used to watch all types of content. And I idolise Priyanka Chopra, and how she has shaped her career. I believe she has opened doors for actors like us, who wish to take over the world. She has achieved so much in India and abroad. Others that I idolise are Meena Kumari, Madhubala, and Marilyn Monroe. I am just in love with their acting, grace, and beauty. Even Madhuri Dixit is a favourite.

Do you have a bucket list of actors you want to work with?
I would love to work with everybody as I feel everyone comes from such a distinctive school of acting. However, I do have a bucket list of actors I truly want to work with. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pankaj Tripathi are at the top of my list. I also want to work with Akshay Kumar. I have been a big fan of his work since childhood. Then there is Varun Dhawan. After watching ‘The White Tiger’, I want to work with Adarsh Gaurav too; I absolutely loved his performance. I also want to work with my idol Priyanka Chopra, and who doesn’t want to work with the three Khans--Salman, Shah Rukh, Aamir, and even Bollywood’s ‘Greek God’, Hrithik Roshan.

How do you deal with negativity and trolls on social media?
I think this is a part and parcel of life when you are a celebrity. However, I do not support trolling and feel strict action should be taken against them. Sometimes these trolls are borderline criminal and it's definitely harassment. There has to be accountability. These people sit behind their screens and the kind of things they say to people, especially to women...How do I deal with it? I completely ignore them. I don’t even read comments on my posts. However, I am sure it affects people out there. In today’s times, so much importance is being given to mental health. It has to be prioritised. We are already going through such a difficult time and all this just adds more to it.

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You are also known for your unique and quirky style. What is fashion for you - Following trend, comfort, or experimentation?
When it comes to fashion, I believe confidence is the most important accessory. Whatever you wear, you have to know how to carry it. The outfit should not wear you, you should wear the outfit. If you are inspired by something, try it but do not follow trends blindly. What you like and what suits you, should be your priority. I think you look the best you are happiest in.

You are one of the fittest actresses we have in the industry. How is 'being fit' important, especially during these times?
I always keep myself busy with activities. Fitness is not a one-time event, it is a lifestyle. I play a lot of sports. It is not only working out in gyms. You have to do activities that you really enjoy. Maybe kick-boxing or dancing. Just live an active lifestyle. Once you will start enjoying it, the results will start showing.

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August 31, 2021, 4:59 am

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