When asked about his surprising omission Amrita laughs away the query. “You"ll have to ask them why I wasn"t part of it."
Amrita, it would seem, has antagonized the Johar-Chopra"s by refusing to do Bachna Ae Haseeno. She a was offered the role that Minissha Lamba finally did.
Says Amrita, “I won"t say I"m tired of playing the sweet girl-next-door who looks at life each day with wide-eyed wonder. But I do crave for a change of image. In my next release Shortkut I play a very glamorous girl. For the first time I"m being dressed up by Manish Malhotra. That does say something about the characters I"ve played so far. So yes I declined Bachna Ae Haseeno. I couldn"t relate to the character."
No one says no to a Yash Chopra presentation. Amrita"s behaviour was secretly described as “high-handed" and “reckless". As a result, she was refused a place among Bollywood"s 30-minus icons in Karan Johar"s voting-awareness film although everyone from Kareena Kapoor to Riteish Deshmukh featured in it.
Not that Amrita was brooding over being left out. On Thursday Amrita Rao voted for the first time. So excited was she by the prospect of casting her vote that she reached the polling booth even before the gates had opened.
“At 7 am I was the first voter at the booth in the municipal school in Mahim. I feel so proud of being able to vote for the first time. I keep looking at the black mark on my finger proudly. For years I envied that tell-tale mark on my parents" finger."
Amrita"s chosen candidate had to fulfil three prerequisites. “He had to be well-educated, young though not inexperienced, and without a criminal background."
Interestingly, she says she attained a voting consciousness from an electorally-galvanizing website.