Friday, March 09, 2007
When the young and fresh faced Yuvika Choudhury joined the Zee show Astitva's cast all seemed hunky dory in the beginning. Niki Aneja, Ajai Sinha and the rest initially made it a point to make her comfortable. But then the rosy phase was destined to be there only for some time. Soon reports emerged that the entire unit was having problems with Yuvika and her Zee Cinestars Ki Khoj co-contestant Abbas. The one to spit fire the most was Niki Aneja who even went to extent of calling Yuvika and Abbas unworthy and insincere about their work. Apparently the two young actors had found the lady dominating, hence she vented out her anger this way.
Now with Yuvika signing the Shah Rukh Khan produced Om Shanti Om alongside King Khan, Arjun Rampal, Shreyas Talpade and Deepika Padukone under Farah Khan's mantle, tables seems to have turned and it is a slap on the face of the people who found her worthless. So what do her Astitva co stars now have to say about this sudden rise of the perky actress?
While Niki Aneja is away in London and unavailable for comment, her 'Astitva' hero, Varun Bodola spoke out in her behalf.
"I am very happy for her as she has got something worth to do .But all will be clear only when her movie gets released. But then is she is doing this movie to prove herself, Niki will give her response, her way. Something might have happened that is why Niki commented on Yuvika and Abbas. But frankly speaking I don't know Yuvika that much as I rarely had shots with her'', he said definitely not sounding too happy. He might not admit it but then it sounds as if he is taking his old colleague Niki's side.
Interestingly the other young generation actress Upasna Shukla who was called "the only one among the young crop of actors to be good at her work, is hardly doing anything interesting at the moment, other than playing small time character roles in not happening serials like 'Ek Chaabi Hai Pados mein' and 'Astitva' director Ajai Sinha's 'Ghar Ek Sapna'. She was at a loss of words when asked to talk about her co actor's rising stars. "It is very good for her as she was clear from before only that she wanted to do more movies and not television. But then I was not involved in the controversy. I would just like to say that I respect Nikki Aneja a lot and can't really say much about this", she said.
Only serial maker Ajai Sinha tried to give a logical answer and sounded happy to know that Yuvika has done so well. "Yes I am really happy for her as she is a very good actress and is very talented. See if Yuvika was not a good actor then why would I take her to be a part of 'Astitva'? I took her due to her talent and work". But he too shied away from talking too much about the controversy. "I only say that it was a very stupid act. But I am not aware of it much as I was not a part of it and it was between two actors", he added.
Abbas Khan on the other hand was obviously quite forthcoming. "I gave my 200 percent but I think that as we both were fresh and understood less about techniques, these things happened. This is a very small industry, so everyone would come to know how we work and what we are. I respect Niki Aneja but I feel sorry for this attitude of hers. Though now it is a forgotten and is a part of the past, it's sad it happened. Yuvika is a nice girl and very beautiful. I am really very happy for her as working with such a big banner and Farah Khan is a very nice thing. And now I guess we have established ourselves as I too am doing a movie with Manish Jha. So everything told was definitely wrong", he opined.
Yuvika too admits to the issue having hurt her but didn't pay too much attention to it. "Yes maybe it was so because hey though I was just talking about being in films. But then I was. I didn't waste my time in fighting and rather concentrated on my work. I did ads (she has worked with Kunal Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai), a music video (with Himesh Reshhamiya) and now this big surprise of an offer. If they thought wrong about me, let it be. I can't do anything about it", she said forthrightly. It's obvious that the girl is here to work, give her best shot and make her career even better.
With Abbas and especially Yuvika shining so bright there is definitely an egg on the faces of her detractors, whether they admit it or not. Was it because their insecurity that they tried to dominate these young promising actors? Only the ageing actress with a failed film career behind her will have some answers now!