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Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 02, 2012
In 2009, Claudia Ciesla made an appearance in Bigg Boss Season 3. Later, she participated in the TV show, Zor Ka Jhatka. For a while, there were even rumours of a romantic link-up between her and Salman Khan. Now, the German model has got a break in Bollywood — an item number called Balma with Akshay Kumar in Khiladi 786.

Claudia says that it all happened very quickly. “Someone from Himesh’s (Reshammiya, co-producer) office approached me about the item song. When I heard the number, I instantly liked it. And since all the formalities were done so quickly, I couldn’t believe that I had got a song with Akshay Kumar. What made me say yes was that it’s a very catchy and peppy number,” explains Claudia.

But what got Claudia worried was Akshay’s energy level. “Although Akshay and I couldn’t interact much since he wasn’t part of the rehearsals, I worked hard to make sure that I match his energy levels. And honestly, Ganesh Acharya (choreographer) helped me a lot with the dance movements,” she adds.

In the past, Claudia acted in a German-Indian film, Ki Jana Pardes (2008), and a Bengali film, 10:10 (2008). She says bigger things are in store for her now. “I am going to surprise audiences with my acting as well,” says Claudia. Currently, she is making a guest appearance in the film Private Number with director Anand Kumar.