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Minissha's Corporate moves

She has come a long way since her Yahaan days. She is playing a key role in Corporate, writes Diganta Guha.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 16:33 IST

From a shy Kashmiri girl to a corporate executive, Minissha Lamba has come a long way after debuting with Shoojit Sircar’s Yahaan. The film may have not done well at the box office, but Minissha owes everything to it. “What mattered is whether people liked the film, not the number watching it,” says Minissha over phone from Mumbai.

The actor is also all praise for the Aap ka suroor music video with music director Himesh Reshammiya. “It was wonderful. It’s the first time that I got to play an instrument. It also gave me an opportunity to be part of something that I have never done before,” says the actor. “Doing a music video is like doing a song sequence in a movie, say like two days of shoot,” says Minissha, who plays a rookie trained under the leading lady Bipasha Basu in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate. The actor calls her part in Corporate a guest appearance but the character has a lot of meat in it. “She is somebody who has idealism and over time life changes for her,” says Minissha.

The subject of the film is different, says the actor. “It revolves around a working woman and portrays how, despite working from dawn to dusk, she is never considered the primary earning member of the family. At one point of time, she has to make a choice,” she says.

She is all praise for director Madhur Bhandarkar. “The best part about him is that, despite dealing with such a serious subject, he tends to keep his composure on the sets,” she says.

The actor sounds cagey about her other release — Reema Kagti’s Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. “I can only tell you that my character is something that I have never come across. It is so unlike me,” she says.

However, Minissha is quite vocal about Raj Kaushal’s Anthony Kaun Hai?, co-starring Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi. “I play Jiya, who is integral to the thrill element in the film. She has had a different childhood and the film shows how she transforms and becomes a beautiful adult. It is quite a fun-filled film,” she says.

Is it a glamorous role? “Indian heroines want to be pictured glamorously. What is glamour? It’s something that is pleasing to the eyes,” says Minissha, who plays an NRI born in London in the action-romantic film Rocky opposite Zayed Khan. “It’s again a role quite unlike me and that’s where the challenge lies,” she says.