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Bhatts’ ‘simple’ heroine

bollywood Updated: Aug 01, 2011 19:29 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
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She received much attention for her role as a simpleton Shefali in Aisha (2010). Now, Amrita Puri, daughter of HDFC Bank’s managing director Aditya Puri, is set for a new celluloid stint. She will be seen as Bhatts’ new heroine in their upcoming Blood Money alongside Kunal Khemu.

“I play a nursery school teacher in the film,” says Amrita. “So, I visited a Montessori (an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori) to speak to the kids. It gave me a feel of the role.”

Blood Money’s first schedule kicked off yesterday and Amrita is clearly excited. “I love my character. In Aisha, I played a small-town girl from Bahadurgarh. Now I play a Mumbai girl from Chembur. She is a simple, middle-class girl and not flamboyant at all,” she says.

Ask Amrita if she will be playing a sensual role like a majority of Bhatts’ heroine and she says, “I don’t think so… Mallika Sherawat and Jacqueline Fernandes bring certain qualities with them but the Bhatts must have been looking for something different when they selected me,” she says.

Not many know this but Amrita has been equally active in theatre. “Acting in films and theatre is completely different. But I want to do both. As soon as I finish Black Money, I will perform The Interview (with Sahil Jaffrey and Anish Trivedi) and Famous Last Word (with Kalki Koechlin and Tom Alter),” she says.

Lastly, did she never want to follow father’s footsteps? “My father always gave me a lot of freedom. I was never very interested in the financial world,” she says, adding with a laugh. “If I had gotten into banking, people would have faced a lot of trouble because I am bad with numbers. But now, dad is extremely proud that I am bagging films without any backing.”