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'I'm No Longer Doing Films To Please Anybody'

Illeana D'Cruz, who bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut (South) in 2006 for her turn in the Telugu drama Devadasu, repeated the feat six years later with her Bollywood debut, Anurag Basu's acclaimed Barfi!.

Four years later, the 30-year-old actress, who features in two big budget ensemble films this year, Anees Bazmee's Mubarakan and Milan Luthria's Baadshaho, admits that even though she harbours no regrets at the end of a successful decade in films, it's definitely not been a walk in the park for her.

From constantly being chased by the paparazzi which she believes is an "invasion of privacy" to having to bow out of several Bollywood films because of reasons other than availability of her dates, it's been a journey of tough choices.

"I'm human and there's a constant pressure to look a certain way which affects me. I have dealt with body-shaming for a long time but the more I tried to follow people's advice, the more I realised that I couldn't please everyone. Now, I have accepted that no matter what I do, I'm going to disappoint someone or the other," she smiles.

"So now, I wake up every morning and look at myself in the mirror and try to accept myself for who I am. I'm no longer doing films or dressing up to please anybody. I'm striving to love myself for who I am."

She admits that she's still an outsider because she's rarely seen at Bollywood bashes and would rather hang out with people she is comfortable with than pretend to be someone she is not in a crowd.



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