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Udita Goswami speaks on her debut - Pooja Bhatt's 'Paap'

By Kshama Rao

Udita Goswami is yet another Paap - Movie Stillsmodel turned actress. She makes her debut as Kaaya in Pooja Bhatt's first directorial film 'Paap' opposite John Abraham. It's "a role which demands solid acting and nothing else," claims the pretty Dehradun girl. Having modeled for an array of products, acting naturally figured in Udita's scheme of things. She claims she received many film offers but as the cliché goes none that 'excited her'. She says, "I didn't want to make a debut in a film seeing which the audience would say, 'Oh, just another model, who's come and gone.' I needed people to sit up and take notice of me." And then Pooja Bhatt's Paap happened which Udita says she knew "would be an above-average film. This film required me to do solid acting and nothing more. I haven't even done the mandatory dance numbers in this film. All I have done is cried in the film and emoted all along. I knew with a set up like Pooja's - I have seen her earlier productions like Tamanna and Jism - I was in safe hands. Also the film being Pooja's first as director, I knew she would give it her best shot, put everything into it, so the film would be a quality product."

As if pre-empting our next question she says, "Pooja is a different person altogether on the sets. I have always seen her films as this young, bubbly girl but on the sets she was the boss. She was tough and the experience of shooting with her was very good. I remember there were times when I would constantly worry how my face looked after a weepy shot and check if my make up was alright and she would say 'Don't worry about how you look. The make up guy, the cameraman and I as the director will take care of how you look on screen. You just concentrate on your acting, on the way you emote. The better you act the more beautiful you would look on screen' and that was it. After that it didn't matter whether my eyelash was falling off or my mascara was smudged. I think after Paap, I am physically and mentally ready to do any role."

With no formal training in acting and no 'star-child' tag to boot, Udita also relied on her co-star John Abraham to make her performance come across more realistically. "We knew each other in our modeling days but got to know only while shooting for Paap. He's no star son either and has literally started from the basics. So he kind of knew what I was going through. Also, looking at him I would constantly compete with him, wanting to do my best with every scene and that helped our performances," she laughs.

Udita right now is biding her time waiting for the promos to go on air, the first copy to come out and the film to finally release on January 16. "I can't wait for it to happen. Now I know what directors like Karan Johar mean when they say in their interviews that they get sleepless nights. I'm going through those right now. Its just Paap that's on my mind right now. I don't know what I will sign up next but all I'm waiting for people is to see me and my film."

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