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Will Linda manage what other heroines from West couldn't?

April 14, 2009 6:37:45 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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What's common between Alice Patten, Rachel Shelly, Ali Larter, Annabelle Wallace and Brande Roderick? Number of things:

a) Each of them has been an import from the West,
b) Each of them has acted in a Bollywood film as a leading lady and
c) None of them has stepped back into the B-town ever again after her debut effort.

The statistics say it all. Alice Patten and Rachel Shelly were seen opposite Aamir Khan in RANG DE BASANTI and LAGAAN: ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA respectively. The films were turned out to be big money spinners at the box office and received global acclaim, the leading ladies were appreciated as well, but alas, none of them showed any willingness to continue their innings in Bollywood.

Why? No one knows!

The same happened in case of other lesser known names as well. However, one can still understand the reason of their complete absence from Bollywood - a failed innings! Ali Larter didn't see anything running for her in spite of being paired opposite Salman Khan in one of the biggest trade disasters ever - MARIGOLD: AN ADVENTURE IN INDIA.

Annabelle Wallace was earnest in DIL JO BHI KAHEY but her debut film with Karan Sharma struggled to complete even a week at the box office in spite of presence of Amitabh Bachchan and Revathy. Disappointed, she left never to come back again. One wonders whether Brande Roderick may have been as disappointed though since her first ever Bollywood stint with Ritesh Deshmukh seemed more like picnic as she starred in an amateurish OUT OF CONTROL.

However, for a change, one witnesses an exception when Linda Aresenio declares that she is here to stay. An American actress from Texas, this pretty young girl comes from a theater background in New York and has acted in Tamil and Telugu movies as well.

CHECK OUT: Linda 'Aloo Chaat' Arsenio loves wearing sarees

She made her debut with KABUL EXPRESS where she was launched by Yash Raj Films and saw some instant recognition coming her way. Rather than going back to America (as has been the case with half a dozen counterparts of hers in recent times), she decided to stay on and was seen soon in MUMBAI SALSA, an urban comedy.

''It has been more than three years since I am here but I am here to stay. Yes, I have a long way to go but I am a grounded actress and am working hard to have an extended innings in Bollywood'', says Linda who was most recently also seen in ALOO CHAAT.

She truly believes that Mumbai is the place to be if she wishes to do some good work in front of the camera and gain recognition.


''I am learning Hindi and I guess there has been some good improvement over the years'', smiles Linda who has 'Chalo, Theek Hai' as a part of her vocabulary in every second sentence, ''I appreciate India and though I do miss America at times, I know that in the line of work that I am in, Mumbai is certainly up there. All I need to do is hang on.''

She definitely sees a union between the East and the West progressing quite rapidly, courtesy international recognition that Indian films (or rather films set in India) are getting.

''Look at it, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE was shot here and now everyone knows what this city stands for. Even before this film to happen, I always knew that there was a distinct union between East and West. It's not just the Indian actors who are looking at West; even actors from Hollywood are interested in working here today'', she says in an excited tone.

''My heart is here now and I am here to stay. Good projects are coming my way now and I am not going away anywhere soon'', declares Linda.


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