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Bhagnani ropes in Brande

Luscious Brande, best known for her cameo in Baywatch, makes a splash in Vashu Bhagnani?s Out Of Control.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2003 19:07 IST

Baywatch Blonde Brande Rodricks gets a new makeover onscreen. Luscious Brande, best known for her cameo in Baywatch, makes a splash in Vashu Bhagnani’s bi-lingual film, Out Of Control, shot extensively in downtown New York.

She plays the lead opposite rising star Ritesh Deshmukh in this Biwi-No.-1-ish film, where Ritesh plays an Indian immigrant who marries two women. Bhagnani admits that Brande was the first choice essentially because she’s blonde, beautiful and has a readymade sexy image. “She plays an American club dancer who falls in love with a typical Indian boy, already married to a traditional Punjabi girl. She moves amazingly to music (composed by Anand Raj Anand and DJ Aqeel) and suited the film to the T,” he says.

Brande, an outgoing 24 year old took tuitions in Hindi because she needed to speak a few lines. “She ended up learning a smattering of Punjabi too. She’s a spontaneous actress and it was a pleasure working with her. She’d come to the sets completely ready to shoot. I wish some of our Indian actresses took a leaf out of her book,” says Bhagnani.

Brande also got along well with co-stars Ritesh, Hrishitaa Bhatt and Satish Kaushik. “She’s a very down-to-earth girl who got along famously with her co-stars. My directors, Tony Juneja and Apoorva Asrani think she’s very promising,” adds Bhagnani.

Brande, who arrives to shoot the last leg of the film (which hits the screens in October) in Delhi may not be able to lip-sync with perfection yet but she’s certainly going to turn on the heat when she makes a splash in Bollywood, flashing those long, never ending legs and that sexy pout.

Will she give Bhagnani reason to smile, though?

First Published: Jul 23, 2003 11:22 IST