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A colourful beginning

india Updated: Mar 21, 2009 18:04 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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She wasn’t an art-house admirer when Anurag Kashyap threw her in front of the camera half a decade ago. But now after being coloured in all shades of

Gulaal

, she doesn’t mind calling herself a cinema freak. Well, that isn’t all Ayesha Mohan is made of. She romances dreams like any 25-year-old, but chases them with astounding ardor. “I lived Kiran’s (her character from the film) life all through the making of

Gulaal

. I used to lock myself in a room to prepare for the role. Confinement can be of great help,” she says fixing the dupatta that rests lazily on her kurta.



Her pad in Greater Kailash, too, mirrors her love for placidity. Where a Presley collage on the wall gives her love for music away, the low-lying furniture complements her down-to-earth personality. “Working on

Gulaal

was a treat, the biggest being sharing screen space with talents like Kay Kay Menon (whom she had a massive crush on after Paanch) and Deepak Dobriyal (who inundated her with theatrical exercises),” she elaborates.



A Miranda House alumnus, Ayesha recently completed her course in filmmaking from Canada and quit her part-time job as a waitress to return to savour dollops of success. “I feel overwhelmed when youngsters come up to tell me how much they liked the film.

Gulaal

is a dark yet beautiful comment on the political scene,” she says.



Besides assisting Anurag on

No Smoking

, Ayesha also featured in

The Pool

alongside Nana Patekar. “The film recently opened in Canada. It’s a subtle story of a rich man strengthening ties with his loved ones. It’ll release in India soon,” she beams.



While the stunner who hopes to script a fantasy film sometime, has love and adulation pouring in from all sides, her love life isn’t getting any exciting. “I’m absolutely single,” she wraps up.