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Ameesha's on a roll

Ameesha talks to Diganta Guha about Ankahee and her forthcoming films.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 16:53 IST

Ameesha Patel hasn’t had a release for some time. But she has her boyfriend Vikram Bhatt’s Ankahee coming up where she apparently plays the role of Vikram’s wife. Ankahee is based on Vikram’s tumultuous relationship with his wife and Sushmita Sen. HT City caught up with the actor.

You have Ankahee coming up…
It is such an interesting role. It’s on the lines of the ones in films like Gadar and Humraaz. It’s a role that every woman will relate to. The film is very real, shot in real locations and there’s no grandeur about it.

Could you elaborate on your role?
It is that of a wife whose husband betrays her and how she faces the crisis. She is a modern girl but at the same time she is very emotional. It’s all about what she should do — accept this man back or not. Aftab (Shivdasani) plays my husband, the man who gives in to temptation. It is such a real role that I didn’t even have to use glycerine to essay it. In fact, I would have reacted the same way as my character does in the film. I don’t have too much make up in the film.

It’s Vikram Bhatt’s life story…
Nobody told me that Ankahee was based on somebody’s life. Let me make it very clear. Needless to say, working with Vikram was as fabulous as ever.

Why are you missing from the promos? It’s all about Esha Deol.
I am the surprise package of the film. My conspicuous absence in the promos is intentional. Talking about Esha, I haven’t seen the full film but whatever parts I have seen, she has done a great job. I think it is one of her best performances so far.

What are the kinds of roles that you are looking at?
Of course, roles that excite me. I have never stuck to the norm. You know I went ahead and did films like Gadar at a time when everybody was scared of doing such things. If I don’t get good roles, I would rather prefer sitting at home.

What are the other films that you are doing now?
There’s Tathasthu where I play an emotional mother whose child is on the verge of death. It’s about the extent she can go to save their child. I am with Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) in the film, and it’s a very emotional role for him as well. Then there is Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd where I play an outrageously mad character. It’s comedy and I never thought I could do it. I learnt about comic timing and how you can translate that on screen. I also have Dharmesh Darshan’s Aap Ki Khatir where I play a glamorous role.

You have seen a lot of ups and downs in life? Has it helped you grow as a person?
I think success and failure teaches you a lot. Talking about failure, I would not call it failure, since it helps you learn and you can translate that into your life. It is important to come down to the valley.