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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Deepal Shaw is excited about doing a film opposite Irrfan Khan. But what has her even more excited, is the fact that she replaced Urmila Matondkar in the untitled project.
The film is being directed by Navneet Bajsani, and produced by Asif Sheikh and Kishan Choudhury.
Says Deepal, "When the producers and director first approached me, they told me that Urmila was supposed to do the film, but couldn't. I was extremely excited, because I got to do a role which Urmila could have done.
It's not about Deepal replacing Urmila, as Urmila is an exceptionally talented actress, but it does boost my ego. It's another step in my life towards my dreams."
Main bhi No 1
And what about Irrfan? "He is an amazing actor and I am very fortunate to be doing this film. It's the main reason I am doing the film. I had one meeting with him and I'm sure it will be great fun working with him."
What's the film about? "It's a sensitive love story dealing with two characters. When love ceases to be secret, it ceases to be a pleasure.
For four months after Kalyug, I had been going through scripts, but I chose this as it proves my potential. I see myself as a dark horse, who will become the No 1 in coming years."
Not I: Urmila
Urmila, however, denies she was doing the film. "I have never heard of the film or the director, or been approached for the film."
The director, Bajsani refutes this. "In the beginning, we had approached Urmila and narrated the script.
She had evinced a keen interest in it. Then, with time, we decided we wanted an actress without any image to play the female lead. I was not in touch with her directly, but through her secretary - the film kept getting delayed as the dates couldn't be matched.
Urmila is a great actress, but I saw no reason to keep running behind her. There was no signing amount and I didn't have a word with her after that. It was understood that we wouldn't be working together.
Deepal is a talented girl and it will be a pleasure working with her. The film is based on human psychology and how human being's react situations in their lives."
Deepal denies live-in boyfriend
"I am not living in with Kranti Jha, who is a model," says Deepal Shaw. "His parents and mine are extremely close, but I have never stayed at his home.
He lives in Goregaon, while I live in Vashi. I don't know if he is a "special friend", as I have no hierarchy for friends.
I am an extremely possessive and passionate person, who doesn't believe in half-measures. I can't categorise between a special friend and a good friend. I was in love once, but I'm not in love with anybody now. I am a loser in love... but the pain in my heart has helped me achieve what I wanted - to be an actress!"