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Koena Mitra and Minisha Lamba sizzle in Anamika

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By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Friday, May 18, 2007
One is tall, lanky, ultra glamorous and high on oomph-quotient. The other one is short, beautiful, intuitive (seems so), intelligent and a fine actress. Together they are as different as honey-n-ginger. Yet director Ananth Mahadevan thought they were perfect for his "Romantic Mystery" (whatever that means) Anamika, which also stars Dino Morea. Oops...we still haven't given away their names and we are already talking about Aksar boy Dino.

Well...it's none other than Money Money babe Koena Mitra and Yahaan beauty Minisha Lamba who were the cynosure of ace photographer Avinash Gowarikar's camera at the publicity stills photoshoot of Anamika yesterday at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai. "Let's not reveal too much about the story. Mysteries have not been seen on the scene off late. And romantic mystery is just what the doctor ordered," says director Mahadevan who seems to be turning into once-upon-a-time Mahesh Bhatt factory as he is currently involved with three films i.e. Anamika, Agar and Victoria No. 203.

That's what one hit film (Aksar, musical hit) can do to one's career. "There's something about this man (Dino) who gets married to Minisha. There's something about his place and then this girl lands up at their place and then one realizes there's more to it than meets the eye," the director elaborates trying to conceal the actual plot with efficacious aplomb.

The photoshoot started with Koena in a jeans and tight shirt holding forth a mask on one side of her face. She repeated the same exercise while wearing a sexy black party number. Her various poses danced away to glory on Gowarikar's laptop as 'I've been waiting for a girl like you' blared from the speakers. "These are stills for a mask party where Koena discovers something," Mahadevan adds.

"The movie is very interesting. Now it has come to an end but it was great fun," Koena said. Could you tell us something the film? "Three of us can't talk. There is romance yet there is suspense. I play Dino's childhood friend who looks after his business, palaces...But I can't say anything about my relationship with Dino's wife."

Dino's palaces....Hmmm....what's that? "Anamika would turn out to be one of the most lavish and spectacular films of this year because thanks to the production values, we have shot in a very picturesque palace in Bikaner plus two other palaces," Ananth Mahadevan informs. "The look of the film is beautiful. Bikaner, Gajner, sandstorms...it's beautiful," Koena gushes.

It was time for us to get the man calling the shots to do some talking about what the photoshoot was all about? "We are just doing a photoshoot after the movie has been completed. The stills will be used for the publicity of the film, DVD covers, cassette covers, hoardings in theatres etc. I am just trying to get the essence of the film out," Gowarikar said.

What is it that he has to keep in mind before or while doing such a photoshoot? "Essence of the film is important. We are trying to look beyond. They've already shot the film. They are out of the character. What is happening is to get them back into that kind of mood." As Minisha Lamba entered the big hall there was a vibrant energy of positivity. The two heroines were warm-n-cordial. Whoever said two heroines can't be friends or nice must be a bozo. Or have the duo learnt the tricks of acting to a reasonable degree of perfection....Uhm guess it's time to be less bitchy and more action.

So is the film a romantic triangle...no it's a romantic thriller...read on....

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