Everyone loves Nisha Rawal. And that's because they love to remember her as the 'Chanda Ki Doli' girl who was serenaded by Sonu Nigam in the namesake music video a few years back. Carrying on the same image of a beautiful young woman who knew where to draw the line when it came to on-screen exposing, Nisha Rawal made her big screen debut opposite Jimmy Shergill with Hastey Hastey last weekend.
"I am happy with the way I have been presented in Hastey Hastey, says Nisha Rawal, "I have my own identity and the way I want to dress. I know that whether I wear Indian or Western costumes, they would never breach the limits I have set for myself. I like my wardrobe and am fine to be seen as a sweet and cute girl. If that's the image people want to see me in, I don't have any issues with that."
But does she feel that the plain Jane image would indeed work for long? With Bollywood showing a constant escalation in the different subjects it is exploring and even normally coy girls (read Amrita Rao, Soha Ali Khan) going all out to build a different image of themselves, doesn't she feel that she may loose out in competition?
"It's just my first film and I would rather play by the character than worry about the competition," says Nisha with a matter of fact, "If I am playing a college student in the film, I can't suddenly start shedding off my clothes. I play a girl who hails from a Catholic-Indian family and is down to earth yet emotionally driven. My wardrobe goes perfectly fine with the character I play and I have no qualms with the way I look on screen."
But what about future?
Laughs Nisha, "I know, as years pass by, market dynamics change too. If I am really fed up, the way I look, and people too feel that they want to see me in a different 'avatar', I may possibly start thinking about presenting myself differently. Today I am this way but what can one say about tomorrow?"
With music by Anu Malik, Hastey Hastey is directed by Toony and produced by the duo of Ashutosh Bajpay and Shivaram Kumar. The film is a light hearted entertainer, which also marks the debut of another girl Monishka who plays a young woman with shades of black. Hastey Hastey is said to have Rajpal Yadav's triple role performance as it's USP.