Disha Patani left us floored when she went 'Befikra Bhi Hoona Zaroori Hai' and matched dance moves with her alleged beau Tiger Shroff. However, before her big splash in Bollywood, the pretty lady most of the times found herself in the news for her personal life.
Foward to 2017 where the girl is now one hit film old in the form of MS.Dhoni: The Untold Story. Her next, 'Kung Fu Yoga' has her sharing screen-space with the superstar, Jackie Chan. The actress who is busy promoting this Indo-Chinese film recently took out some time from her busy schedule and spoke at length with us about her first meeting with Jackie, link-ups, catfights and more.
Excerpts from the conversation...
On Her First Reaction When She Heard She Is Doing A Film With Jackie Chan
was jumping all over. I couldn't believe that I had bagged a film with him. I thought I must have done something good in my life that I am getting a chance to work with him. I am his huge fan and have grown up watching his films. It was unbelievable but I had a great time shooting for the film and learnt so much. I had never expected that I would receive a call for an action film.
On Her Take-Away From The Film
I take back so many memories from the film. I have learnt how to be a better human being. Jackie (Chan) taught me a lot. He used to click pictures with the fans who would visit the sets and even bring food for all of us. He considers everyone equal.
On Her Wishlist Of Actors
I never had a wishlist and I think that's why I got lucky with Kung Fu Yoga (smiles). I don't want to make one. Let it happen on its own and let's just go with the flow.
On Her First Meeting With Jackie Chan
I remember, we are at some dinner in Beijing and I was so excited to meet Jackie Chan. I carried my phone with me so that I could get an autograph from him on the cover. (smiles) He arrived there wearing a hat and looking his stylish best. Later he walked towards me and greeted me. He shook hands with me and I had goosebumps all over. I just kept staring at him. It was really awkward. I was quite starstuck. Despite being a legend, he is so humble and grounded.
On Whether Her Approach Towards Films Is Going To Be Content Driven Or Working With The Stars
Honestly, I never thought I would become an actress. I wanted to be an air force pilot. My sister is in army whereas my father is a cop. I just happened to be in showbiz. Slowly I started auditioning for films. I never took acting classes and was quite camera shy. It's because I auditioned so much that I got the hang of acting.
I never plan anything in my life. I never knew I would be an actress. I never thought I would be working with Jackie Chan one day. Everything just went with the flow. For me, content really matters a lot. What I am doing in a film really matters to me a lot. I don't want to be a prop or just look pretty in a film. I believe that girls are more than just props. They can do a lot. I really want to do something that would inspire girls.
On Her Personal Life Grabbing Headlines Time And Again
It happens with everyone yaa. I don't get affected by it.
On Having Catfights With Her Co-Star Amyra Dastur
No..there were no catfights. (laughs) You know that guys gossip more than girls. Amyra and me are very different from each other. That somehow helped us in building our characters in the film. She is very hard-working and I have seen her doing her own stunts.
On Rumours That She Refused A Film Because She Wasn't Keen To Work With A Newbie
Do you think I am like that? (laughs) Being a newcomer myself, I don't have the right to decide that. I am lucky that I got a chance to be a part of M.S.Dhoni and Kung Fu Yoga. It doesn't matter to me or I am never think about the co-stars. I am a very selfish person. I only think about myself and my role in a film. As an actor, you should only worry about yourself. It doesn't matter if you are working with superstars or a newcomer as long as the story is good.