Interview : Sonal Chauhan
How did you make it to the Bhatt camp?
Till the shooting for JANNAT started I did not have the remotest idea that I will take up acting. I was into part time modeling and wanted to become a journalist. But never thought I will land up being a heroine in a Hindi flick. Kunal Deshmukh, director of JANNAT, saw me at a restaurant in Mumbai. He came to me and asked for my contact number. In a week I was on the floors shooting.
Have you ever taken a formal acting course or felt the need of it?
I don't have a formal training in acting. But now that I have made up my mind to become an actor, I feel that a formal training is very much required. I will soon join an acting school.
Tell us about your character in JANNAT?
My character Zoya is not a typical 20th century girl. She knows her limitations and knows how to react in different situations. Unlike a typical girlfriend, she refuses gifts from her boyfriend Arjun (Emraan Hashmi) and prefers shopping with her earnings.
Are you comfortable acting with Emraan Hashmi? Please don't give a politically correct answer.
Emraan is a delight to work with. I know what the media wants to know- it's about my two kissing scenes in the film. Yes there are kissing scenes and I didn't feel uncomfortable with those. I was a bit uncomfortable about wearing a bikini in the movie and when I told my director Kunal Deshmukh and producer Mukesh Bhatt about it, they said I need not wear it. I will never do any thing that I am not comfortable doing.
You share your birthday with the release date of JANNAT (May 17).
I feel blessed. This is the best birthday gift that I can ever have. I turned 21 this year and I take this as the happy beginning of my career.
Were you nervous before the release of the film?
I almost had a nervous breakdown in anticipation of the fate of JANNAT. I was not worried about the box office results but audience reaction, if the audience will accept me or not. But seeing the response of the film after the first show I am relieved. People have liked the film, and thankfully me as well.
The role of Zoya was first offered to Esha Deol. What's your take on that?
I thank her from the bottom of my heart that she refused the film. Or else my life would never have this 360-degree turn.
We heard that in the climax of JANNAT the hand of the heroine shown is not yours. Is it true?
Yes. There was a change in the climax. But as I was shooting for a Telegu film I could not give dates to the film. The hand shown is of Kangana Ranaut's. It was really nice of her to come at such a short notice and literally "lend me a helping hand".
Your forthcoming films?
I have two untitled films with the Bhatts and one film with Kumar Mangat.