In a controversial statement, actress Mahie Gill, who made quite a splash almost a decade ago when she acted in Anurag Kashyap's Dev.D, has stated that acting in Dabangg almost killed her career.Her statements have stirred quite a controversy in Bollywood.
“After Dev D, I had won a lot of appreciation and awards. People wanted to sign me for films. But I did Dabangg and it backfired big time. The producers started to offer me small roles. I felt very bad but I did not know what was happening. I believe in destiny a lot, I think this was meant to happen. I did regret doing the role but now I do not,” Mahie told PTI in an interview.
The actor, who played Arbaaz Khan’s love interest in the film, says being a part of a commercial film did not work for her. “In my case, it backfired. My career stopped at that very point. Thanks to Tigmanshu Dhulia for offering me Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster series.” Mahie revealed that she was reluctant to star in the sequel but agreed after Arbaaz, who directed the second movie, said her character was needed in the story. The actor said she has not been approached for the third installment in the franchise. Dabangg was one of the most successful movies of all time and it catapulted Salman Khan into another league altogether. His character Chulbul Pandey became one of the most iconic characters of Indian cinema. However, while it cemented Salman as the numero uno star and also established Sonakshi Sinha as an actress to reckon with, it did nothing for Mahie.
Mahie is currently awaiting the release of the third part of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, that brought her in limelight again. “I am proud of this series. When we started with the first part, we did not think it will become a hit. The best about this franchise is that it is growing, the characters are the same but the story is in continuity. That is the beauty of this franchise,” she said.