Ileana D’Cruz is mighty impressed with co-star Ranbir Kapoor’s performance in their upcoming film, Barfi!. However, she isn’t worried about being overshadowed by him or Priyanka Chopra. “I did this film because I have complete faith in Anurag (Basu, director) and the way in which he represents his characters. If I was insecure about my role, I wouldn’t have done it. I’m confident of making a mark. I was nervous initially, as it is very different from the films I’ve done in the past.”
Ileana is known for her glamourous roles down south. So will she focus on a similar career path in Hindi films too? “Being a glam girl in Hindi films is not my goal. I want acting-oriented roles. I want people to take me seriously as an actor. Skin show is overrated anyway, and the same goes for intimate scenes. They might get attention, but not for the right reasons,” insists the actor.
In the past, there have been rumours linking Ranbir romantically to all his leading ladies. Did that make her wary at any stage? “Absolutely not. Men don’t scare me. I have an intimidating dad, so nothing comes close to him,” she laughs, adding, “Link-ups may keep you in the news, but they can work against you too. I’m glad I haven’t been linked to Ranbir. He is a nice person and a brilliant co-star. I was blown away while watching him perform.”
Ileana has done kissing scenes in her southern films, and now she’s locked lips with Ranbir in Barfi! too. How does she rate her co-star a kisser? She smiles and says, “I can’t comment as it wasn’t really a proper kiss. People keep asking me about it! But my focus was more on the emotion, for which it was needed.”