Neha Dhupia, the accomplished beauty pageant winner, model, and actress, took center stage at a 'Bold & Beautiful' session organized by YFLO, sharing her remarkable journey in a candid conversation with Aarthi Shah, Chairperson of YFLO. The event, held at a city Hotel in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, unfolded into a 45-minute dialogue attended by over 200 YFLO and FLO members.
Opening the conversation, Aarthi Shah hailed Neha Dhupia as a woman who embodies the bold and beautiful spirit, not just conquering Bollywood but inspiring women nationwide. Neha's journey, she stated, stands as a testament to strength, resilience, and the inherent beauty within us all.
Neha reflected on her life's journey, spanning beauty pageants, career, marriage, kids, family, and the delicate balance of work and life. Responding to a question on work-life balance, she emphasized that balance is a result of totality and an understanding of life, not a day-to-day achievement.
Sharing an anecdote from her arrival in Mumbai for a beauty pageant 22 years ago, Neha highlighted the importance of overcoming challenges, no matter how small. Each generation faces unique challenges, she noted, with newcomers having both more opportunities and more challenges, their struggle magnified in the competitive landscape.
Discussing success and failures, Neha emphasized the invaluable lessons failures teach. Regardless of outcomes, she urged humility, kindness, and gratitude towards everyone.
Neha also touched upon the evolving landscape from her early days to the present, citing disruptions in business, the rise of OTT platforms, and the pervasive impact of social media. While acknowledging the ubiquity of social media, she revealed her cautious approach to sharing her kids' pictures online, emphasizing the importance of responsible use.
Speaking candidly about the value of time, Neha warned against unproductive use of social media, noting its impact on sleep and mental health. Advocating for body positivity, she encouraged self-love and revealed her decision to streamline her social circle.
Looking ahead to 2024, Neha expressed excitement about upcoming projects, including an OTT show on mental health and a production set for January. In response to a question about the success of Fauji kids in beauty pageants, Neha credited their exposure and social skills honed through constant movement and adaptability.
In Neha Dhupia's words, the journey isn't just about glamour; it's about navigating life's real challenges with grace and resilience.