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May.08. You have six big
films lined up for release this year. There's Love Story 2050, God Tussi
Great Ho, Drona, Fashion, Dostana and Kurbani. So does the future look
See, I'm an optimist. The
future always looks bright regardless of whether or not I have movies coming
up for release. But yes, I'm excited about my forthcoming movies. And I
hope that each one does well. I've been slogging my butt off for the last
one and a half years for these movies. Now finally the results are going
to show. Really, I can't pick one film and say I hope this one does well.
I can't be biased. They are all good movies.
With most actresses making
a beeline for offbeat films these days, do you feel the pressure to attempt
Just because you're doing
non-glamorous roles doesn't mean you're a better actor. Acting has nothing
to do with doing glamorous or non-glamorous roles. I'd rather do a commercial
film that the audience will appreciate than one that no one wants to see.
At the end of the day, everyone wants a hit film. I believe in the magic
of the box office.
But doesn't the thought that
you should reinvent yourself ever cross your mind?
Listen, each of my new films
is unique in its own way. Whether it's Love Story 2050, which is a futuristic
film, Dostana that depicts romance within friendship or Fashion that brings
alive the world of ramps, each film is different from the other. I'm proud
that I can do a Mujhse Shaodi Karogi as a well as a Don. Frankly, how many
times do I reinvent myself?
What are the changes you
see in yourself as an actress over a period of time?
Lots of changes. I made
my debut in 2003.1 can't even believe so much time has passed. It seems
like yesterday Today, I'm a lot more careful, a lot more experienced. I
was only 18 when I joined the industry. I didn't know a thing about this
place. No one from my family knew anything about the movies. I had no godfathers.
So I made my mistakes. But I've learnt to make decisions based on my instincts.
There's certain finesse in my decision making today, which perhaps you
can see in the success ratio of my movies.
Did you always want to be
No way At 141 wanted to
be an aeronautical engineer. Movies were never on the agenda. I come from
a very normal middle-class family You enjoy watching movies but you never
dream of joining them. Movies appeared on my radar only after the Miss
World contest. And thank God for that. Because now I can't dream of doing
anything else. It's the only thing I know. And I've loved each minute of
Do you think you marginalise
yourself by doing roles that don't really offer any scope for you as an
actress? For instance, you had nothing to do hi Krrish. Any regrets?
Why should I regret doing
Krrish? I'm extremely proud of it, of being part of it. It's a massive
hit. It's my film at the end of the day. It's wrong to say I've marginalized
myself because I genuinely enjoyed doing the film. It was a movie about
a superior and within that framework, I think I had enough to do. There
are going to be movies that will be centered on you and some that won't
be. Now whether you do those films is a call you have to take. Like I'm
doing Drona right now. It's about a superior too. But that doesn't mean
I have nothing to do in it. My role in the film is extremely exciting.
You know, I've enjoyed doing each of my films. So there's no question of
Much is expected from you
in Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion. Are you nervous?
I'm very excited about the
movie. I play the central character. Kangna, Mugdha, Arbaaz and Arjan are
the main characters in the movie. My character goes through lots of ups
and downs. The character graph is quite complicated and I had to make it
look believable on the screen. I had to project the personality changes
my character goes through within one year. It was nerve wracking to portray
the changes. I was really nervous about that. I wasn't sure I could do
it. But I believe in Madhur as a director. I knew I'd be okay in his hands.
So are you excited about
doing a futuristic film like Love Story 2050?
You bet I am. It's an exciting
film and I'm playing a double role for the first time. It's a film set
in India in the future. It's a first of its kind to be made in the country
And it has some amazing computer graphics. No Indian film has had as many
graphics as this one. It was quite difficult to shoot against the green
initially It's a technical
requirement when computer graphics have to be added later. I shot against
the green screen for the first time in Drona. And it was very disorienting.
But gradually you get used to it. And the pleasure of watching those scenes
come alive is something else. It's amazing what we can do with technology
today And how was it working with your co-star Harman Baweja?
Oh it was great! I've known
him for the past five six years. We've been friends and have hung out together
often. But it was a revelation seeing him as a professional on the sets.
I may have more experience than him in front of the camera but he was way
ahead in experience behind the camera. And I've realized that actors who
know the technical aspect of film making have an edge over other actors.
I learnt a lot from him in that sense. When I was doing my first film (The
Hero), I got tremendous support from Sunny Deol. He gave me the confidence
that I could do it. This time my role was reversed. And I'm glad I could
provide Harman the requisite support. Believe me, it was a privilege to
watch him grow as an actor.
Did the fact that you are
seeing each other ever get in the way of acting?
What did you say? Where
ever did you hear that? Harman is a co-star. And I'm friends with all my
co-stars. It certainly helps to know your co-star. It makes it easier to
act and react. It's just that I've known Harman better than most of my
co-stars. And yes, that helped.
So how would you rate him
as a co-star?
He is very good. He has
no airs about himself. And since he's been an assistant director to his
father, he has no problems about lending a helping hand on the sets. Whether
it was putting up lights or putting up props he would be there helping.
I liked that about him very much. When I saw him before the camera, I didn't
think it was his first film, he was so good.
Were you apprehensive about
working with a newcomer?
No, never. You know, the
movie is not about a hero or heroine. The film, the script is the hero
out here. When
I heard it, I knew it would
be very good. There was never a moment when I felt, 'Oh shit, why am I
doing this?' And the way the film has shaped up, I think my faith has been
Did you throw your weight
around because you were the star on the sets?
I'm not like that and you
know it. Besides, I don't have much weight to throw around. Seriously I
was treated so well on the sets, there was no question of throwing one's
weight around. I had only to ask and it would be there for me.
The movie was first offered
to Kareena Kapoor. Didn't you mind stepping into her shoes?
No. I don't mind stepping
into anyone's shoes, if I like the role that's being offered to me. Ultimately
Love Story 2050 will be remembered as my film and not hers. And frankly,
a lot of people have walked away from projects and a lot of people have
stepped into others' shoes. This is not the first time it has happened
and it won't be the last. You know, I've been offered so many films that
were ultimately done by other actresses. So what?
So is Harman your dream guy?
back to Harman. What are the five things you like about him?
1. His sense of humor.
2. His focus on work. He's
so dedicated and so focused on what he's doing that it seems as if he has
blinkers on. It's amazing how he shuts off the world when he's working.
3.1 love his eyes. I think
he has the most beautiful eyes. They can be innocent and loving one minute
and intense and angry the next.
4. He's a fabulous dancer.
I want to dance like him.
5. His family values. To
him his family comes above everything else. I'm like that too. So I admire
that quality about him.
If he were my dream guy,
I'd be seeing him no?
He's a good friend. And
I don't like to discuss my personal life in print. It embarrasses me.
Okay. What's your idea of
a perfect romance?
It's the imperfection of
romance that appeals to me. You have to love the person for both his virtues
and his vices. To me a perfect romance is one that has its aberrations,
How do you like to be wooed?
I'm all for mush when I'm
wooed. But I'm not into flowers, candies and cakes. I'd value a handwritten
note with thoughtful lines more than an expensive bag or diamonds. Not
to say that I don't love my diamonds though.
Have you ever been wooed
Yes. By this guy I was seeing.
On Valentine's Day he presented me with a CD of all my favorite songs.
But what was so romantic about the CD was that he'd taken the trouble to
record the songs himself and the prelude of each song had a personal message
from him, a reminder of a personal moment we'd shared, something which
went with the
theme of the song, i thought
it was the most romantic gesture ever. Then another time he composed, sang
and recorded a song especially for me. He's an awful singer. But it was
so cute the way he took the trouble of singing that song for me.
And who was this guy?
That's for me to know.
Do you believe in love at
first sight? Have you experienced it?
Yes to both. I'm pretty
much a love at first sight person. When you meet, you know instantly there's
something between you. Of course, you can't say for sure that it will culminate
in something or that you'll marry this person. But for sure you can sense
a certain chemistry
So do you have a 4 am friend?
Yes. Her name is Tamanna.
She works with British Airways.
Harman is not your 4 am
No. I don't call Harman
at 4 in the morning.