Thursday, March 02, 2006
Hers debut was one that dreams are made of. Amisha Patel's arrival was marked with the blockbuster hit Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. Although there were a couple of forgettable flicks after that, she bounced back with Gadar. Even today she continues to make waves with her sweet girl next door roles. She will soon be seen in Harry Baweja's Teesri Aankh. And like she told us herself that her producer thought she was the best choice for the role, since she fit the bechari bill, perfectly!
How did you bag the role in Teesri Aankh?
My producer cum director wanted someone who had a 'bechari' look along with being glamorous. He wanted the no makeup look. He also wanted someone who could give time to tuitions, as I play a mute girl in the film. I had to learn sign language. My tuition teacher Sangita is the same person who trained Rani for Black. People appreciated my no make up look in Gadar and Mangal Pandey.
Did you find it challenging to play the role of a mute girl?
Whenever an artist has to do something different, it is a challenge. A challenge is always difficult. In order to take up the challenge, one has to work hard. I had signed Gadar as a challenge. That time Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai had not even released. Only 50 percent of the shooting was complete. Then people told me not to do Humraaz because it had negative shades. However, I even took that up as a challenge. A film like Teesri Aankh has a strong social message. People are facing a lot of problems because of developments in technology. So we have made a film dealing with this issue. So when I got this opportunity, I made sure that I made the best of it.
Tell us about your co-stars.
This film has my favorite actor, Sunny Deol! Everyone has seen my chemistry with him in Gadar. I think Sunny is like the bottle of wine, which just becomes better with age. I am working with him after a gap of four years but I think he looked more handsome and more talented now! Our equation was just like it was during Gadar. We had a lot of fun on the sets. This was my first film with actors like Aarti Chhabria, Neha Dhupia and Ashish Choudhary. It was a great experience because they were all very co-operative. I play the role of a mute person. They had to figure from my hand gestures what I was about to say next. They worked very patiently with me. I told them that this is something new for me. They all helped me and we were able to complete the film on time.
The film is based on the theme of hidden cameras. What do you feel about this issue?
I personally feel that the concept of a hidden camera is very bad. It is very wrong to intrude in someone's private lives. People who circulate MMSs and other video clips should realize that one day the camera could be on them. So they should think before indulging in such acts.
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