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I’ve grown 80% as an actor & 100% as a human being- Celina Jaitley
By Swati R Chaudhary, Bollywood Trade News Network
Celina Jaitley is image bound as a glamorous actress ever since she donned the eye-catching ‘bikini’ in her debut film JANASHEEN. The ‘violin’ babe avows that there’s a lot more to her than ‘oomph’ and ‘sex appeal’, the epithets that supersede her overlooking the zestful actor within Celina Jaitley.
Now a brand ambassador of ‘Jashn’ sarees, Celina also intends to launch her own line called ‘Celina’s Jashn’. She talks about the glorified bold scenes in RED, her alleged rivalry with Amrita Arora, her take on love making, SHAKALAKA BOOM BOOM, her dream role and a lot more…Over to CJ!
I was the normal girl next door…I was the normal girl next door until Miss India happened. I use to go to college just like any other girl but things changed overnight for me. I began wondering if I was comfortable with my newfound identity! I was trying to figure out if I was okay with all of this.
Tags imposed on me…Titles like ‘bombshell’, ‘sexy siren’ etc used to excite me earlier. I used to enjoy it and it also helped in the publicity of the film (laughs). These titles atleast signify that I’m young (laughs). On a serious note, I realized I was getting typecast and it started disturbing me as an actor. I believe I’m growing with each film. I sincerely wish the audience looks beyond this typecast image they have of me! Nonetheless the image is now changing… for the good!
RED is my ‘jaanasheen’… RED-The Dark Side is a passionate erotic love story and is really close to my heart. RED is my ‘jaanasheen’ (laughs). RED is an intense film about the dark sides of human emotions. This is the first of its kind! RED was a huge learning experience for me. I’ve grown 80% as an actor and 100% as a human being. Every scene we shot is a memory for me.
I became ‘Anahita’ after a while… RED came at a time when I was analyzing myself. I somewhere identified with my character Anahita since I witnessed personal crisis during that stage and I could feel the hurt and grief that Anahita felt. I became ‘Anahita’ after a while.
Lovemaking is synonymous with… I don’t understand the hoopla surrounding the bold scenes in RED. When a man and woman meet they get to know each other, they share their likes/dislikes, they fall in love and likewise they lust! It’s natural. Lovemaking is synonymous with the relationship of two people. It becomes sleazy if you commercialize it, but it’s justified if shown aesthetically. There’s just a thin line that separates the two!
Aftab’s been a thorough gentleman… It was very difficult to shoot the kissing scene in RED. But I must admit that Aftab has been a thorough gentleman during intimate scenes. He never cracked a bad joke or made me uncomfortable in any way. Moreover he doesn’t smoke (laughs). We sat back and discussed the scene since we wanted it to look aesthetic. I seriously hope people look beyond the kissing scene since there’s a lot more to RED.
My friendship with Amu affected at a personal level… Very seldom do you get to work with wonderful costars like Aftab and Amrita. They’ve been really cooperative! However it’s becoming a trend to sensationalize fights especially if there are 2 or more heroines in a film. I’ve known Amu (Amrita Arora) since my Miss India days. If you ask any of my co-stars they’ll say I come on sets, do my job and go back home. But yes my friendship with Amu has been affected at a personal level. The stories have affected our friendship in ‘real’ life.
You can’t hide anything from Vikram… Vikram is such a profound director that you just cannot hide anything from him. He knows what his actors are going through; he knows what they are experiencing! If you lose track somewhere he’ll immediately catch hold of you. He has an intense understanding of relationships.
SHAKALAKA BOOM BOOM…SLBB is a young vibrant romantic musical film. I play this girl who achieves a lot at a very young age and hence is very powerful. She uses this very power to make and break people!
Upen Patel is such a brat…If someone ever launches a line of jokes; that person should seriously rope in Upen Patel! (laughs). He is such a brat! He is extremely naughty. I don’t know from where he comes up with so many original ideas! He is really a prankster!
KAASH TUMSE MOHOBBAT NA HOTI… The film is about the fate and life of a bar dancer. It is a modern version of MUGHAL-E-AZAM. I play this Anglo-Indian girl Mohini who’s a bar dancer. It basically depicts the predicament of bar dancers after dance bars shut down. Shooting for the film commences at the end of this year.
When I look back…I am still growing as an actor. I feel like I haven’t achieved anything as yet. Every film helps me grow as an actor. I hope at a certain age when I look back, I can proudly say that I’ve had a fulfilling life, that I’ve made place in people’s hearts.
Comedy is a tough game…I think it’s a great feeling to make people laugh. I had disguised myself to see NO ENTRY at a theatre. I remember this one man went bonkers laughing at this particular scene where Fardeen runs behind me with horns. He fell off his seat and his wife, instead of helping him, started laughing at him! Comedy is a difficult game coz it’s tough to make people laugh genuinely. It’s easier to laugh than make others laugh! But after working with people like Anupam Kher, Ritesh Deshmukh (APNA SAPNA…) and Anil Kapoor (NO ENTRY) I’m getting better at it I guess.
Dream role… I’ve always been fascinated by the World War 2 history. My grandfather fought World War 2 and I’ve read so much about it. I’d love to do a love story based in that era. I wish to script the same but I wonder which director would accept it! (laughs).
Marriage… When I find the right groom, I’ll get married! As of now I’m married to my profession!