Kkusum aka Nausheen Ali Sardar’s futurespeak in a frank tete' a tete' with Anil Merani...
Your film 42 Kilometres is finally up for release..
Yup, on January 23. It’s about a group of athletes from different part of the country who come to Mumbai for a marathon. I play a doctor and Bikram Saluja’s love interest.
It has been delayed quite a bit.. the name was changed from Marathon too..
Yes it took nearly a year to see the light of day. But we wanted to release 42 Kilometres around January because that’s when the Mumbai Marathon takes place. The film is meant to inspire more runners to participate. I am aware that it’s not a Ghajini or Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. It’s an offbeat film and I have full faith in it.
What’s happening to your other films?
I have no idea. But it’s not just me.. the others involved are affected too.
It has taken you a while to make your movie debut, hasn’t it?
(Laughs) It took Mr Amitabh Bachchan seven years to get his big break. I had wanted to act in films when I was 16 but that did not happen.
Will you return to the tube?
Not till my films release.
After Kkusum, why haven’t you taken on any major project?
It was a deliberate strategy.. not to get overexposed. And it has paid off, I have retained my freshness. I was offered a show even during Kkusum, but I turned it down.
Do you think you quit Kkusum at the right time?
Yes even now people recognise me as Kkusum, so I must have done something right.
You were a part of Mr and Ms TV.. what’s your take on reality shows?
I’m not into reality shows like Bigg Boss.. they get too personal. The camera focuses on you when you sleep, when you breathe, it’s creepy! I had been offered both the seasons. As for dancing shows, you never know. They’re good fun if you’re talented. But the judges put me off.. some of them act as if they’re god.
Would you take on another one?
(Laughs) Ah, let’s see. I’d like to take the easy way out. Rather than breaking my back at practice sessions, I’d like to judge a show and point out the flaws in others.