So Kaash.. Mere Hote! has came and gone in the blink of an eye. But Sneha Ullal is at least trying to keep her chin up. When I meet her at a coffee shop, she says that she has become more confident and savvy now. Making stern eye contact, she says, “There was a time when I didn’t even know how to talk to the media.”
Frankly, she points out that she agreed to act in Kaash Mere Hote because she desperately wanted to return to Hindi language cinema after doing several projects in the south.
Although there was a time when she would say she was flattered by the comparisons to Aishwarya Rai, now she says that such remarks place her teeth at edge: “I really think those comparisons have been unfair to me professionally. If I hadn’t made my debut in Lucky, it would have been all okay. I was compared to Aishwarya Rai.. only because of Salman Khan.”
To ensure that her remark doesn’t raise the hackles of Salman Khan, she adds quickly, “But of course I got an opportunity to act only because of him. I got a strong role opposite Sohail Khan also in Aryan. The trouble is that I did both these films when I was much too young.. I didn’t know what was going on around me. Also so many filmmakers did not like my voice.. they didn’t realise that I was made to sound like a baby because I was supposed to sound like a kid in Lucky.”
Among Sneha’s line-up of films, there are Click, Dard-e-Disco and Green Park. In Sangeeth Sivan’s Click she plays a ghost out to wreak vendetta on a bunch of rapists. In Dard-e-Disco, she says that she looks quite grown-up and glamorous. And in the English language film Green Park, she’s an NRI girl who falls in love with an American.
Since she has grown up, she says she has become wise to the showbiz game: “I know even the topmost heroines have little choice but to show some skin. I don’t mind doing that as long as the picturisation isn’t vulgar. Swimming costumes are fine by me.. but no bikinis please. As for kissing scenes, look I am not a prude. Having said that I not at all game for lip to lip kisses. After all, some things should be saved for the bedroom.”