'It was difficult to match up to Hrithik's dancing abilities'
She has given up her modelling career when she was at the peak. Now, she is all geared up for her stint in films beginning with GUZAARISH in which she is playing Hrithik Roshan's love interest. Catch Bong babe Monikangana Dutta in a freewheeling chat as she speaks about GUZAARISH, working with Hrithik, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, skin show and more.
A film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and having stars like Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. It must be a dream debut. Don't know if GUZAARISH is a dream debut. But I'm definitely honoured to work with the three legends.
Did you always wanted to be an actor? Everything in my life from modelling to acting just happened. People approached me when I was in studying in a Delhi college. Then I landed up being in Paris and my journey started. I didn't get to complete my education. But I don't regret anything in life. Otherwise I wouldn't have been here.
'Sanjay handles 100 things at the same time'
How was it working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali? It's a tremendous learning experience working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He's my guru because obviously he gave me my first break. You get to learn a lot from him. His vision is beyond our imagination. He portrays everything very beautifully. He is very passionate about his work. He handles 100 things at the same time. That's really amazing.
Surely you must have got many offers before GUZAARISH. I got many offers before this film to play solo heroine in big movies. But it was not in my agenda to do movies. I was really happy modelling internationally and in India.
So what made you do GUZAARISH if you were happy with modelling? Because it was Sanjay Leela Bhansali. That was the differentiating factor.
How was it working with Hrithik Roshan? Did he give you any tips? The experience with Hrithik Roshan was mind-blowing. He didn't give me any tips. You just have to open your brains and eyes to see how one performs. To do everything in a perfect way is what I've learnt from Hrithik
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Was it difficult to match up to Hrithik's dancing abilities? I don't know if it was difficult or not, I'm not a trained dancer like Hrithik. I'm also a human being. It's my first movie so naturally it was a bit difficult. But then with my guru Sanjay Leela Bhansali and with a wonderful actor like Hrithik, it was not impossible.
Did Sanjay ask you to join any acting school? Sanjay didn't ask me to join any course. But I joined Anupam Kher's 'An Actor Prepares' before the film happened.
How did Victoria's secret happen? It all happened obviously because I am talented. You are asking me how this happened and how that happened. Obviously, I have some brains and that's why I am getting big offers. I got the offer through my modelling agency.
Sanjay is known to be a perfectionist. Did he push you to the limits to get the best out of you? I am also a perfectionist. Sanjay doesn't take any actor just like that. He must have scrutinised other established actors before he took me. Many established actors had auditioned for this role, but he chose me. There must be something special in me.
Do you feel you have to create your own mark in presence of stars like Hrithik and Aishwarya? I am not here to prove anyone anything. I am here to prove myself and I believe myself.
What is your take on skin show in films? I have been a model so I am pretty comfortable with skin show. But to each his own. Some other actor might not be comfortable with it.
Have you signed any other films? There are offers. When I sign them I'll announce it to the world.