Sushmita Sen is amused by stories that she and Shah Rukh Khan, who is making a special appearance in her next film 'Dulha Mil Gaya', are at war and insists that they share a warm and cordial working relationship.
"So that's what the tattlers have been talking about while I was out of the country? Shah Rukh and I at war! Interesting copy but totally untrue. I've never had a problem with Shah Rukh," said Sushmita.
<b1>"When we met for this film it was just like old times. Not a moment's awkwardness between us. Sorry guys, whoever is spreading the crude word about us needs to take a reality check. SRK and I are both Scorpios but we don't sting each other. We take on the world instead," she added.
They were seen together for the first time in Farah Khan's directorial venture 'Main Hoon Na'.
"We had great fun shooting 'Main Hoon Na' with Farah Khan. Although it was Shah Rukh's home production, he didn't once let me feel unwanted. It was great fun playing SRK's teacher in that film."
If Sushmita had a kind of extended cameo in 'Main Hoon Na', it seems SRK is returning the compliment now with an extended guest appearance in 'Dulha Mil Gaya'.
"Shah Rukh doing 'Dulha Mil Gaya' has nothing to do with me. He likes his role, the producer Vivek Vaswani and the director Mudassar Aziz. When I signed 'Dulha Mil Gaya', I didn't even know Shah Rukh was part of it. And let me tell you 'Dulha Mil Gaya' is not a heroine-centric film."
Sushmita says she loves the monsoon season. "I love the feel of rain. I loved doing the 'Laga laga re' song in 'Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya'. And I loved getting wet for Farah Khan in 'Main Hoon Na'."
However, playing props who just dance in the rain is not her cup of tea.
"My fans feel let down when I've nothing to do in my film. So at this stage in my career I've to do the films that do me justice. At the same time I'm aware they didn't like me in 'Chingaari'. But I don't regret doing it."
In fact, the actress has no regrets about the roles she has played so far.
"Every role is about creating something you believe in. I'm working very hard in both 'Sholay' and 'Dulha Mil Gaya' although 'Sholay' isn't quite my film alone.
"I don't do films just because they're women-centric. I like roles that are powerful. Watching 10 guys fight the hero while I bite my lips in the background... I'm not very good at Bachao bachao. And yet, ironically, I was this object of adoration in 'Main Hoon Na'. That role was all about the right presentation."