By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Chak De! India is Sagarika Ghatge's first film and she's got a host of incidents to remember the film. One of them occurred while shooting in Australia, when the debutante sneaked out of her room to check out Melbourne's nightlife.
Laughs Sagarika, "It was our first day and we'd been forbidden to go out. The city was so cool that I just had to sneak out, only to bump into Shimit (Amin, the director)! I was so scared that I just turned around and ran. I stopped only after I reached my room! But to my surprise, Shimit was casual about it the next morning!"
Sagarika insists she wasn't skipping the shoot. "I'm glad Shimit didn't get angry. It's been great working with him and we've learnt a lot. He has a great sense of humour and can pull a fast one with such a straight face!"
Sagarika says she was a national-level athlete before stepping into films. "I was into athletics, but I always wanted to act. However, my father wanted me to finish graduation first," she says.
Sagarika insists she's a die-hard SRK fan. "I loved working with him. One time, he waited up till the wee hours of the morning to ensure that two of us girls got our confrontation scene right. SRK taught me that the key to success is humility and a quest for perfection."