‘I've been told that I'm the most stunning actress'
Why drop your surname?
Simply because it's short and sweet.
So, how's it going?
I'm on the top of the world. Since Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic released, I've been flooded with appreciative calls. Industry people tell me that I looked hot. Even those I haven't spoken to in the last couple of years have been messaging me. It wasn't easy playing a bimbo. I could have fallen flat on my face.
Is it a compliment being called ‘hot'?
(Laughs) Of course, it is. Since my first film, Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai I've been acknowledged for my work. I've been called a good actress.. a bubbly star. Only the ‘hot' tag was missing.
Ah, is that why you opted to play second fiddle to Rani Mukherji?
To be honest, when the role was first narrated to me I wasn't sure about whether I could pull it off. My director Kunal (Kohli) and producer Adi (Aditya Chopra) had more confidence in me than I did.
You were sizzling in the Lazy lamhe song.
(Laughs) It was the last bit to be shot. We filmed it only in January.
It's said that after watching the rushes, Aditya Chopra increased your role.
I don't know about that. It was the same role that was narrated to me. I knew from day one that mine was a special appearance. (Laughs) But I guess no one else was ready to believe that.
Reportedly, Rani Mukerji was not too happy with the fact that you were spotlighted in the promos.
Excuse me, Rani is one of the best actresses we have today. I'm a die-hard fan of the lady. She doesn't need to be insecure about me.
What's your take on the Malaika Arora Khan controversy?
My character wasn't based on her at all. She wasn't even mentioned to me as a reference point.
What's the best compliment you've received so far?
(Laughs) I've been told that I'm the most stunning actress around.. with the best skin and hair.
What does your beau Kanav Puri have to say?
(Laughs some more) According to Kanav he has never seen a more beautiful actress ever. And..
Of course, I blushed and told him I don't believe him. He's been hosting special shows of the film for family and friends. I know. Finally, I had to stop him from organising any more trials. He owns Avni Service Apartments which is part of a hotel chain in London. The company owns the building in which PVR has its theatre. So, he hosts shows regularly for friends, his and mine, in Mumbai and Delhi. (Smiles) It's his way of showering his love on me. If he had his way, he would organise a show every day.
Kanav is not from Mumbai. Do long distance love stories work?
(Clams up) Next question, please.
What's happening on the professional front?
I'll be leaving soon for South Africa for a long schedule of Chatur Singh with Sanjay Dutt. I've also been busy shooting for Run Bhola Run with Govinda.
I believe that you a have film deal with the Yash Raj banner.
I can't speak on that. But this is the best time of my life.