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'I’m happy with the way things are progressing'

Sultry beauty Shriya Saran is back to Bollywood with Mission Istanbul where she plays the role of a television journalist. Satarupa Basu catches up with the actress.
Hindustan Times | By Satarupa Basu, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2008 07:55 PM IST

She made her Bollywood debut in

Tujhe Meri Kasam

in 2004. The film made a star out of Riteish Deshmukh, but Shriya Saran was left a struggler.

Duds like

Thoda Tum Badlo Thoda Hum



didn’t work out and she went down south to find a strong footing where Shriya became a star overnight starring with Rajnikanth in

Sivaji: The Boss

among others.

The good-looking actor made a comeback in Bollywood with Mohit Suri’s


in 2007 with Emraan Hashmi and now she is looking forward to Apoorva Lakhia’s forthcoming film

Mission Istanbul

, opposite Zayed Khan. With the film slated to hit theatres on July 22, Shriya is excited.

“The film revolves around terrorism and I play a television journalist who reports about accidents,” she says about her role in the film.

Signing on the dotted line for Lakhia’s film is prestigious for Shriya, who is hardly able to contain her excitement as she talks about Lakhia and his film

Shootout at Lokhandwala


“Apoorva is a great director. His script is like his Bible, a huge textbook, where every detail, from the characters to its actions and shoot are written down. I’ve never seen a more well planned director,” she gushes.

Shriya is, however, keeping her fingers crossed. “All of us have put in our best, so I guess our efforts will pay off,” she says.

Having already tasted success down south, Shriya however refuses to slot herself in any particular genre. “I don’t consider Kollywood or Bollywood as separate entities. For me, there’s only a single category, the Indian film industry, which is extremely rich owing to its diverse genres and languages,” she says. For Shriya, it’s the roles that count.

You’ve got to give it to her going by the projects she is handling. In line are a couple of Hollywood films, titled

The Other End of The Line

directed by Jimmy Dodson and

What’s Cooking

?, directed by Deepak Mehta, brother of Deepa Mehta.

Produced by MGM,

The Other End…,

a romantic comedy, also stars Jesse Metcalfe and Anupam Kher.

“The film is based on an employee at an Indian call-centre who travels to San Francisco to be with a guy she falls for over the phone,” she explains. She shares her experience while shooting for

The Other Line…

“It’s fun. I learnt quite a bit about method acting,” she says.

What’s Cooking

is written by Deepa Mehta, where Shriya has Seema Biswas as her co-star. The films are under post-production. “I’m also doing Sangeeth Sivan’s

Ek - The Power of One

that stars Bobby Deol and Nana Patekar,” she informs.

Films are taking away most of her time from her other passion, Kathak, but Shriya is not complaining. “No regrets. As of now, I’m just happy with the way things are progressing,” she signs off.

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