Ileana D'Cruz, who is making her debut in Bollywood with Barfi, says that she did not want a glamourous opening in her first film in Hindi. Anurag Basu's Barfi is different as it is a story of a deaf-mute boy, a mentally challenged girl and a normal girl. She accepted the movie because she found her role very challenging.
Ileana D'Cruz, who is known down south as a glamourous beauty, does not want that label to continue in the Hindi film industry. In an interview to PTI, the actress said, "In Bollywood, it is like there would be little bit of acting to do, look pretty throughout and dance with a handsome in a masala movie. That is what I had in mind and I did not want to get into such a film."
The leggy lass wants author-backed roles and not arm candy parts. Ileana D'Cruz added, "I have been doing south films for six years. And there were lot of offers from Bollywood earlier which did not interest me much. The story line and my role in 'Barfi' is something I really liked a lot. It is different from what I have done so far, hence I chose to do this film. It is all about right time."
Barfi, which is releasing on September 14, is a romantic comedy, which revolves around three characters. There is Murphy (Ranbir) whom everyone calls Barfi. He is always ready with a prank and cannot speak or hear. Jhilmil (Priyanka) is an autistic girl, while Ileana plays Shruti, who falls in love with Barfi.
Earlier, Ileana had turned down an offer to star opposite actor Salman Khan in Wanted. But, she chose to wait for a more challenging role. "When I was offered this role I was flattered as it required me to show my ability as an actor. Anurag told me the story and role. He said, he has found his Shruti. He was sure I was fit for the role. But I was completely taken off guard did not expect a launch with a film like this."
The actress said that since Barfi is not a regular Bollywood film, she was worried whether she would be able to do justice with the role. Ileana said, "Considering it's a big film and different, I was like will I be able to pull through this? It required a lot of me. He (Basu) had blind faith in me. He was encouraging...It was flattering..."