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Humble beginnings

Amrita Rao in a tell-all about her past, present and future.

entertainment Updated: Jan 14, 2010 19:50 IST

She went to an all-girls school because her parents wanted her to be a grounded girl. Now, she sizzles in films and on magazine covers, setting the hearts of many a man racing. Evidently, a lot has changed for actress Amrita Rao. But in an interview to FHM magazine, the actress says her current career is something she always wanted.

“I always had this hunch that I will become an actress. I remember, once I was passing by R K Studios as a kid and I thought to myself, ‘One day, I am going to pass through that gate and nobody is going to stop me’.”

The actress, who is known for her “shy quality”, says she’s always been that way. “Growing up, I was a very shy girl. I was in an all girl’s school; I went to an all girl’s college. I had never interacted with guys. The time when I started modelling was the first time I interacted with guys. So, I have that innate shy quality that I think worked well for some of the roles I played in films.”

Rao doesn’t shy away from confessing one thing though: all that guys in India want to do is cover up their girlfriends with clothes. “Well, when it comes to guys and the girl they like, automatically, this protective side comes out. I have seen this with guys around me. They are very conscious of what I wear. And I am not a provocative dresser in my personal life. I don’t wear short skirts or shorts in real life... but still guys are very conscious of how the way a girl they feel protective towards dresses. When an Indian man is fond of a girl, the first thing he wants to do is cover her up.”

Of all the characters she’s played, Rao says she’s closest to the one in Ishq Vishk. “My character in Ishq Vishk could be me, totally. The characters I played in Vivah, Main Hoon Na, Masti or Welcome To Sajjanpur are not me at all.”