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‘I was a drama queen’

After a blink-and-miss role in Namastey London, newcomer Shaana tells Sujata Reddy that she has her hopes pinned on Bhootnath.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2008 18:33 IST
Sujata Reddy

Rumour has it that Shaana, who was first seen as Laila in Namastey London, rubbed leading lady Katrina Kaif the wrong way by telling everyone that she had the bigger role in this cross-continental love story.

Ask her about this and she laughs out loud saying the story is baseless.

“I’m a newcomer, there’s no way I could have said such a thing,” she says, adding that Kaif and she may not be the best of friends but they shared a healthy professional relationship when working on Vipul Shah’s film.

Shaana will now be seen playing Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter-in-law in the ghost movie Bhootnath.

On-going love affair
The actress has always been an avid movie buff.

“I was the drama queen in my family,” she smiles. She later joined the Yale Drama School, did a little bit of theatre and has been working in films in London since the age of 18. “Acting is an ongoing love affair,” she asserts.

She’s playing a strong-willed woman in Bhootnath who’s “as complicated as any woman.”

Disappointed with the blink-and-miss role in Namastey London, she is hoping Bhootnath will make more of an impact. Unfortunately, a lot of my scenes in Namastey London were left out on the editing table,” she sighs.

Shaana is also a part of a bilingual movie, Idle, which will mark the directorial debut of ad filmmaker Lalit Asgaonkar.