Miss India-Universe 2001, placed 5th at Miss Universe
2001 Paegant is now all set to enter Bollywood with
her debut film Janasheen opposite Fardeen Khan. She
reveals her dreams, ambitions and secrets to SeasonsIndia
correspondent Neha Irani.
another Miss India, wants to enter Bollywood. Why
are all models turning into actresses?
is this so much of a surprise of everyone. I can't
help it if my steppingstone to acting was my crown.
However, it's a fact that acting is a natural progression
to modelling throughout the world, and almost all
the models who have established themselves as actresses
would say the same thing. Also, the myth seems to
have been broken that models can't act. On the contrary,
since models are more accustomed to facing the camera,
the film environment get comfortable after a few days
of shooting. I am happy that I made the decision to
act when the right offer came my way. I'm looking
forward to 'Janasheen' as I have faith in the director.
What's your role like in
The script is really quite interesting and I decided
to do it the moment I heard it. Fardeen and I play
two NRIs who come down to India to get engaged to
two totally different people who are poles apart from
us in every aspect and both of us feel that it's a
bad decision to get married to our respective partners.
The story takes a turn when our characters discover
each other and find love. We decided to get married
amidst lot of tension and turmoil. It's got the elements
of romance, relationship and emotions that are very
sensitively crafted and beautifully portrayed.
And how's your experience
acting opposite Fardeen under the direction of Feroz
So far, I've worked with them on two schedules, and
I feel lucky to be working in a unit that's so professional
yet personable. I find the work atmosphere very chilled
out and we're actually having fun doing the film.
I feel extremely comfortable in the unit and Fardeen
is so professional and friendly, like his father.
I think I couldn't have asked for a better debut film.
I am very comfortable working with the entire staff.
Were you nervous on the first
day of your shoot?
Most certainly. I was ready for the challenge, and
initially, I may have felt nervous and awkward, but
as I've shot for the film, I've grown comfortable
with the set up as well as my character in the film.
Fardeen and Feroz are very patient and friendly and
help me a lot.
Do you think you will survive
in the film industry with all the other girls who
are as talented and beautiful as you are?
First of all, my crown would hold some weight, as
I wouldn't be a virtual unknown in films. As regards
the rest, it all depends on the way the film shapes
up and does well, really. I've to take it from there,
one step at a time. As for the film industry, it always
praises those who are talented and hard working. I
want to do well here, try it out for a couple of years,
but if it doesn't work out, I'm educated and can choose
from a variety of options thereafter. I haven't planned
anything that far in the future. Right now, I'm concentrating
on my films, and that's it. And I am sure that I will
But what about competition
with the girls like Kareena, Eesha and other newcomers?
Well right now I am not interested in competition
because the most important thing for me is to establish
myself as an actress who is here to stay. So its my
hard work, talent, capacity and good luck that will
play a vital part. Instead of outward, I constantly
look inward, and that helps because then, you are
not competing with anybody but yourself, and doing
your best. And sometimes, most times, actually, your
best is better than the rest of them. I strongly believe
in that. I'm here to act, to enjoy myself in the experience
of doing films, and take the course with the flow.
And how can the success or failure of other actresses
affect you? Acting is an individual effort on one
level and a team effort on one. And there's work enough
for all, so no sweat.
Lastly, have you signed any
more films besides Janasheen?
Yes, but I can't talk about it right now, as we're
not ready for any announcements. For all practical
purposes, Janasheen would be my first release, and
I'm eager for it to be my debut film.