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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Ameesha Patel: My good time is back

PTI  Mumbai, April 04, 2013
First Published: 14:11 IST(4/4/2013) | Last Updated: 14:13 IST(4/4/2013)

Actress Ameesha Patel, who has not played a lead role on the big screen in a while, says she was just going through a bad phase and now her good time is back.

The 37-year-old made her debut opposite Hrithik Roshan in 2000 blockbuster Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and then went on to do hit films like Gadar, Humraaz and Bhool Bhulaiya.

A lull period came in her professional life post 2007 and she did cameos in Om Shanti Om and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic. The actress also had issues in her personal life and with her parents.

Actress Ameesha Patel has not played a lead role on the big screen in a while.

"I think as a person and as an actress everyone goes through a phase. Nothing has remained stagnant in my life. My good time is back. I am happy and excited about it," Ameesha told reporters here last night at a promotional event of her upcoming film Desi Magic.

In 2011, Ameesha launched her production company - Ameesha Patel Productions - with her friend and business partner Kuunal Goomer. She is set to produce three films. Apart from her production house, she would be seen in Bhaiyyaji Superhit, where she will be teaming up with Sunny Deol after a long time. Sunny and Ameesha were part of the superhit film Gadar.

She will also star in Shortcut Romeo, a romantic thriller, opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh. Desi Magic stars Ameesha, Zayed Khan, Sahil Shroff, Ravi Kishen and others and will be directed by ad-filmmmaker Mehul Atha. It is his debut as a director.

"Desi Magic is a wonderful film. It showcases me in a double role for the first time. It is the most challenging role of my career till now," said Ameesha, who has produced the film.

"I am not nervous but excited about the film. We all have really worked hard for it. And I hope people like it. The two characters (in double role) Mahi and Sonia - are diametrically opposite to each other, I loved that part of it," she said.

A small skit was performed by Ameesha and the star cast of the film to give an insight on Desi Magic last night.

Ameesha also said she feels bad for actor friend, Sanjay Dutt, whose conviction has been upheld in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, and hopes things can be reversed for him.

The Supreme Court recently upheld the conviction of Dutt under the Arms Act in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and sentenced him to five-year imprisonment. Dutt has already served 18 months in jail and will have to serve remaining three years and six months. He has been given four weeks' time to surrender.

"We feel bad for him... We share same sensibilities as everyone in the film industry. We wish it (judgement) could be reversed," Ameesha told reporters here last night at an event.

"I would not like to say much as invading someone's privacy is not right," she said. Ameesha and Dutt have worked together in Chatur Singh Two Star and Yeh Hai Jalwa.

The actress also shares a close bond with Dutt's wife Manyata.

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