A mysterious woman, who’s seen sizzling in an item number opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Teen Patti, has become talk of town. Apparently, several filmmakers are looking for her to cast her in their films.
The actress seen in the video of the track, Teri neeyat kharab hai, is a Brazilian model, Maria. Teen Patti director Leena Yadav says that she has gone incommunicado. She had to be replaced at the last minute by another dancer, Olga, who danced with Bachchan at a recent award function.
“She told me before leaving for Brazil that she will be back in Mumbai in December, but she didn’t keep her word,” says Yadav. “I receive at least 10 phone calls a day from producers who are keen to sign her for their films. But none of us are in touch with her. I’m actually trying to locate her.”
Yadav and choreographer Ashley Lobo conducted several auditions and eventually chose Maria out of 50 top contenders for the dance sequence.
“I felt Maria had Salma Hayek’s vibes. She danced like a dream and her expressions say it all about her acting potential,” says Yadav. The director adds that Maria was “superbly solid” during the shoot. “We just had a day in hand when found her. ‘Teri neeyat’ is the result of just a day’s training. She delivered a powerful performance without any hitch,” says Yadav.