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Lisa says no to Bollywood
By Viral Bhayani, IANS
Gorgeous model-turned-actress Lisa Ray, who has surfaced here after a long time, says she will not sign a Bollywood film till the industry becomes more professional.
This week Lisa made a special appearance in Mumbai to promote Rado watches.
"I'm not going to sign any Bollywood film. I keep getting offers now and then but Bollywood needs to be more organised. Then I'm willing to work, otherwise I'm happy doing what I'm doing right now," Lisa told IANS.
She is just back from Colombo where she shot for Deepa Mehta's "River Moon".
The film stars Lisa opposite John Abraham. "I signed 'River Moon' as it is not the typical Bollywood film and, even if it was a commercial film, I would have only signed if I was confident about the filmmaker," says Lisa.
The only two Hindi films Lisa has to her credit are "Kasoor" and "Bollywood Hollywood", besides a few southern films.
She is tight-lipped about her role in "River Moon".
"I cannot speak much but it was a great experience and Deepa Mehta is a fabulous filmmaker. Also, John Abraham is fantastic and so professional. Everyone will be surprised with his performance after this film," adds Lisa.
According to insiders, Lisa plays a widow in the film.
Kareena Kapoor was supposed to play her role but was replaced because of date problems. "That is a thing of the past. I fit the role and that's why Deepa cast me. We are happy with the final outcome."
Lisa sports a shocking, short new haircut. "I had no apprehensions while chopping my hair. I did it for 'River Moon' as the script demanded it," avers Lisa who is still known for her hot bikini shoot in a Gladrags magazine.
When asked if she had a bad experience working with Vikram Bhatt in "Kasoor", she says: "It would be wrong to say that 'Kasoor' was a bad experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"I have not lost interest in Bollywood. All I'm saying is that one has to be more organised here and accountable, at the same time have good scripts."
Would she work with someone as organised as Ram Gopal Varma? "Yeah, someone like him would be ideal. I'm coming back to Mumbai in September and this time will be in India for a long duration," she adds.