Interview : Mrinalini Sharma

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Mrinalini Sharma may not have touched the sky with films like AWAARAPAN and SHOWBIZ, but that didn’t stop her from trying her luck once again. The model-turned-actor chats up with our correspondent on her forthcoming release HIDE AND SEEK

What’s your character in HIDE AND SEEK?
HIDE AND SEEK is a suspense flick and it’s based on the story of six friends who start playing a game of Hide and Seek on a cold Christmas night. But little did they expect that night and that game would change Om, Abhi, Jaideep, Imran, Gunita and Jyotika’s lives forever. I’m playing Jyotika and am paired opposite Purab Kohli.

We’ve been hearing this film is your comeback vehicle to the B-Town. Where did you run away?

“I don’t want an item girl tag.”

I didn’t run away anywhere! This is mostly because I’m coming back in a big film after a gap of two years under the banner of Moser Baer and filmmaker Apoorv Lakhia.

How was it working with debutant director Shawn Arranha?
Oh, it was a lot of fun working with him and the way he has directed HIDE AND SEEK, I’m sure the audience will be glued to their seats.

HIDE AND SEEK has a huge star-cast; did you face any problem while shooting with them?
Not at all! Since it has a huge star-cast and all of us had scenes together, the shooting was extremely enjoyable. We used to shoot at nights so it was like a house on fire as we all are about the same age.

Most of the actresses these days switch to regional cinema when they don’t get work in Bollywood? Will you ever like to join the gang in future?
I don’t think cinema is restricted to only one language! All I see is a good script and a character with substance, if that works out that I’ll do any film from any region.

You had an item number in film APAHARAN. Do you prefer being an item girl as it’s a sure shot way to stardom?
I don’t think being an ‘Item Girl’ is a sure shot way to stardom! You’ve to struggle anyway but I don’t want to be tagged as an item girl…really…I don’t want an item girl tag…I want to be an actress. I had a guest appearance along with a dance scene in APAHARAN. But after the movie released, I was disappointed to see that my scene was cut out and they only kept the item number.

Are you shooting for any other film?
I just completed shooting for SHAADI KE LIYE LOAN.

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