Lolita of Parineeta is now Esha, a glamorous and modern girl from Sydney in Sajid Khan’s Heyy Babyy. HT City caught up with the actor on her career, change of image and the film. Excerpts:
So, you are on your way to be the next No.1?
Actually, honoured is the right word that I should use to react to the fact that people think I have the potential at least to be here for a while. At least the audiences and filmmakers have faith in me. I am going to do my best but beyond that I don’t really let any pressure creep in. I am a diehard optimist. I am going to use this faith as a form of encouragement, not as a form of pressure.
But stardom has its positives and negatives, doesn’t it?
Yes, it has. The best part is that unknown people recognise you the world over because cinema really has no boundaries and to be part of that is really special. The worst part is that people tend to believe things written about you. There is an image attached to cinema and actors who look larger-than-life on screen have to live up to it.
Weird questions like ‘what do you eat now that you have become an actor’ come up. I don’t blame them since I asked the same question when my mother took me to meet a religious head. It’s so removed from reality. But you need to answer them patiently.
<b1>To reach the top one has to face stiff competition, isn’t it?
I like to do a job well. I normally don’t compare myself even with my previous day’s work. I just live the moment.
Heyy Babyy is your next release. We are told you have tried to get out of your Parineeta image through this film…
After Parineeta I have often been told that ‘We want to portray you differently’. However, I think there has never been as much of a departure as it has been in Heyy Babyy. Not because I have worn Western clothes but because I play a well-to-do girl from a business family in Sydney, who shows a certain comfort in these kinds of clothes. And because of the situation she is going through there is an amount of elegance in her. I am even wearing my hair differently. I want my character to come through and not Vidya Balan.
Was it a conscious effort to get into this image?
I got a message in a blog where someone said that in every film my character looked different. I would like people to see me in different images. I am not only trying to look different but am trying to create a character in every film I do.