She's been away from the silver screen for quite some time, but Amrita Arora is quite hopeful of a great year ahead with four of her films releasing in 2008. Vajir Singh caught up with the actress
It was all work and no play on New Year's Eve, right?
Yeah, I had a performance in Bangalore. It was great! I enjoy working on the last day of the year. But last year I was in London and the year in Dubai with friends. So this year I decided it would be all work and no play.
So you get to spend time with your boyfriend Usman Afzal?
Yes, he was in Bangalore with me. Once I was through with my performance, I met Usman and our other friends and we went partying.
Isn't Usman's brother Aquib planning a career in Bollywood?
Yes, he's an aspiring actor. He's working hard on his diction, dance, stunts and everything else that goes into making a ‘hero'. He's already signed up with Tips Films. I'm sure he's going to make it big. Aquib is very focused on what he wants.
What about Usman? Doesn't he want to get into the movies too?
No yaar, he's into cricket. It's his first love.
Ha ha, I come second in his life. Actually, we take turns. Sometimes I come first.. sometimes it's cricket. (After a pause) Mostly, it is cricket. I'm okay with it.
<b1>Okay, what's happening on the film front?
I'm really excited because I have four releases this year. There's Ravi Chopra's Pappu Paas Ho Gaya and Puneet Sira's Kissan. Also, Atul Agni hotri's Hello and Rohit Shetty's Golmaal Returns.
You're forgetting Rama Rama Kya Hai Drama.
Yes, that too. It's releasing next week.
Isn't it true that you're not promoting the film?
I'll never disown a film of mine. It's just that I've been out of the town. I was in Goa shooting for Golmaal Returns, then Bangalore and Dubai. Whenever they set up a press meet, I was away. I would have promoted the film had I been around.
We're told you're heavily into yoga thanks to your friend Kareena Kapoor?
Yoga is great! While shooting in Goa, Kareena and I never missed a session. Shooting with Kareena is fun. We've known each other's for years.
In Golmaal Returns, I play Ajay Devgan's sister who hates Arshad Warsi but secretly is in love with him. The film's quite wacko! You'll get to see a new Amrita.
Aren't you paired opposite your brother-n-law Arbaaz Khan in Puneet Sira's Kissan?
I'm opposite Sohail not Arbaaz.. the film is about two brothers.
You're always working with either family or friends?
It helps to be around family and friends. It helps bring out the best in you. In any case, it's always good to have the people you know around you rather than stuffy strangers who sit in their vanity van and refuse to laugh and joke around. Uff!
Any chances of you and your sister Malaika Arora-Khan being seen on screen together?
We did receive couple of offers but nothing has materialised so far. The project has to be worthwhile. Not a video or an item number.