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Somashukla Sinha Walunjkar, PTI
August 26, 2003
It was almost inevitable. Petite Amrita Arora, who’s always walked in big sister Malaika’s sexy stilettos since childhood, first waltzed into MTV as a veejay, then chased her tinsel dreams and is now sizzling much like Malaika did in a red hot item act. In NR Pachisia’s Zameen, Amrita does the bump-and-grind routine with commendable ease in a typically hipshaking number, Dilli Ki Sardi airing on music television.

Amrita’s filmi career might not have the requisite zing right now (apart from a stray Awara Pagaal Deewana she doesn’t have much to crow about) but she’s not the latest item girl. “I saw the dance number as a challenge. There’s nothing wrong with doing item numbers: It’s not as if I am doing it because I have nothing better to do. I enjoy moving with music. Malaika and I learnt Bharatanatyam as kids. Only that I cheated a lot and didn’t go to my dance classes too regularly,” says Amrita with a grin.

Amrita, in fact, doesn’t let hits or flops affect her. After Awara... hit the bull’s eye, Amrita even went on a signing binge: she’s doing Shart-The Challenge (Tusshar Kapoor), Tanuja Chandra’s Stardust and an untitled film opposite Dino Morea and John Abraham. “Movies are an addiction but I don’t let them rule my life. Once I walk out of the studio I am in a mood to party. I can watch upto four films on my DVD. Once the make-up is off Amrita the actress goes hiding. I don’t even discuss my work at home. My parents would think I am mad talking films with them,” she points out firmly.

Amrita says she’s reached a point of no return in her career. “I can’t go back to TV and I can’t afford a flop. I just want box office success this year. I know that will make people look at me with real interest. I’d also like to get beyond the bimbette tag and emerge as a serious actress.”