Babajee's retort: Don't call me babe
Life hasn't been the same for Mauritius-born Viveka Babajee after the Kamasutra advertisement in Nov '98. She got bracketed as the sexy type who was willing to shed off almost everything. Babajee is trying to break free from that 'just sexy' image till today. "After four years of modelling, I wanted to give films a try. So, I did Yeh Kaisi Mohabat last October. It's not just about looking great on camera but a lot of hard work and retakes."
The Miss Mauritius '93 got attention for the wrong reasons and had to refuse a lot of work as a result. "I'm a smalltown girl. When I came to Mumbai, people looked at me as a water babe: Sexy and brainless. But that's not what I was looking for."
Babajee was raised in Mauritius and her father is from Sitara in Maharashtra while her mom hails from Hyderabad. "If you are a model, the tension gets to you. That's' why I turned to spirituality. I read a lot and my favourite book is Only Love is Real-A story of Soulmates Reunited by Brian Weiss. His second book, Message from the Masters, Tapping into the Power of Love left a deep impact on me," says Babajee.
With Lakmé India Fashion Week (LIFW) approaching, like other models, the five feet 11 inches tall and only 55 kilos heavy model is raring to get into shape.
A fashion-merchandising graduate from Trans World College, UK, Babajee believes the ramp does get to you after a while and you miss being in touch with your real self. "Conversation, the most important part of life, is missing and so, I'm now open to item numbers in films."
Coming from an academic background (her mom teaches Marathi), being the black sheep of the family, she has come a long way. "I've done well for myself," she says.