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Ameesha Patel to play sex worker

Actor Ameesha Patel, who had taken digs at Kareena Kapoor for her role in Chameli, is now set to play same role in upcoming film. The Gadar actor feels she’ll bring on screen a “very different, international and funky kind of prostitute.”

bollywood Updated: Jan 29, 2012 18:09 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times

Seven years back, Kareena Kapoor vented out her displeasure about Ameesha Patel’s unceremonious comments about her in a film glossy. “Ameesha called me a prostitute in print,” the Chameli actor had said.

The old sparring match was apparently sparked off with Ameesha claiming that she was offered Chameli but didn’t take up the part as she didn’t like the character, and further stating that Bebo did it because that’s what her character is — a prostitute.

But now, Ameesha is set to portray a high-profile hooker in her first home production, directed by David Dhawan. The Gadar actor feels she’ll bring on screen a “very different, international and funky kind of prostitute.”

She says: “You will see me in a completely new avatar. Since I don’t play an Indian prostitute, it’s not set in Kamathipura or any such place.” The project will be shot in Prague and Paris.

“In places like Prague, Paris and Amsterdam, prostitution is an acceptable profession. They even pay taxes to the government. They are really good-looking, classy and well-dressed women. And also, they are not looked down upon, as is the case in India,” she says.

The film goes on floors in a month’s time. “We will start after Davidji (Dhawan) finishes Chashme Buddor.

He has come up with a super script,” says Ameesha, adding she has watched a couple of very old films for her film.
“But I want to do it in my own way. Davidji has an amazing vision. I want people to follow the trend we set instead of us following someone else’s trend,” says the actor, who came up with a sultry performance with her hit item numbers act at the recently-concluded Apsara Awards.

“I had a very elegant dance number Lazy Lamhe in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic but I haven’t done a ‘massy’ kind of performance. Be it viewers or producers, they have always seen me in a very elegant and sophisticated parts. Some also feel that Ameesha is a baby doll. I wanted to break the image and do something different,” she says.

First Published: Jan 28, 2012 14:57 IST