Actress Minissha Lamba has shot down reports that she walked the ramp in a bikini in her forthcoming comedy Hum Tum Shabana, saying there was such a scene in the script but she refused to do it.
"I put my foot down and didn't wear a bikini in the film. A scene was planned likewise but I refused to do it," Minissha, who slipped into a bikini for her role in Kidnap, told IANS in an interview.
Directed by Sagar Ballary, Hum Tum Shabana is not a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy, says the actress, adding: "The impression that you have is that it's a story of two guys who are after a girl. It's typical of a romantic comedy. If you think that is all there in the film, then you have to think again."
The 26-year-old, who mader her debut with Yahaan in 2005, has teamed with Ballary for second time for Hum Tum Shabana after Bheja Fry 2.
The bikini scene notwithstanding, Minissha feels lucky to be part of the film as it is one of the rarest of comedies where the story revolves around a female character.
"Most comedies don't have much space for women. It's a very male dominated domain and most comedies are male oriented. In Hum Tum Shabana, I am lucky to get the title role and every action is around or motivated by Shabana. So she is the central and inevitable character in the film, which is very rare in a comedy. It has an equal dose of emotion, drama, and action and of course comedy. It's not a slapstick comedy I would say," she said
Releasing September 23, the film will see Shreyas Talpade and Tusshar Kapoor wooing Minissha.
Talking about her character, she said: "She is a part of a beauty pageant. She is the most unlikely contestant to be in a beauty pageant. She doesn't fit the criteria of someone who can be a model. She doesn't win the pageant, of course. What drama exudes after that is the high point of the film."
Friend turned foe, Shreyas and Tushhar, didn't let their personal differences affect the shooting of the film, said Minissha.
"If they had problem between them, I had do not know about it. Either there are no conflicts between them or they are just brilliant actors. See, everyone was professional on the sets. Even if they had personal differences, they are so thorough professional that they didn't let it affect their work," she said.
Minissha, who featured in films like Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), and Well Done Abba! (2009), will be seen next in Akshay Kumar starrer Joker and hard-hitting action drama Zilla Ghaziabad.