I'd like to work with Aamir Khan: Mehreen Syed

Updated on Feb 09, 2008 07:14 PM IST
She is the red-hot Pakistani model who will feature in Bollywood director Sanjay Chauhan's period film set in Rajasthan in the 1940s. Catch Mehreen Syed in a chat with Princy Jain.
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Hindustan Times | ByPrincy Jain, New Delhi

The contingent of Pakistani models in Indian films is growing. First there were Meera Khan and Sana Nawaz . Now there's model Mehreen Syed, who will feature in Sanjay Chauhan's (who had penned the dialogue for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara) period film set in Rajasthan in the 1940s, followed by Shashi Ranjan's romantic drama.

Dear mom
She says, people have mistaken perceptions about Pakistan. Models and actresses there are as talented as those in India, it's just that we don't have the right platform.

Besides Muscat, where she's walked the ramp for designer Hassan Shehryar , Syed has also worked in Paris and Milan. She says, I m a Syed. Humare yahan agar ladki kaam karna chaahe toh maarne-kaatne ki naubat aa jaati hai.

But Syed found a confidante in her mother, who is a lawyer. "I was abandoned by my family. Only my mother stood by me", she says. Now, she has a toe-hold in Bollywood.

Beyond the kiss
It's an industry of dreams, it's fascinating, she says. In the same breath, she explains the downsides.

Not many Indian directors know how to present a girl in the right manner. I often get offers asking me to shed my clothes before the narration of the script, she says. Why can't Indian directors make films with Pakistani girls, which are not just about kissing and wearing skimpy clothes? she asks.

Playing favourites
Syed says she's been cautious about choosing both her films, I was supposed to work with Sanjay Chauhan in his film, Lahore , but I fell ill. Now I'm going to make up for that. This is an arty film, and I am really excited about it.

Details about Ranjan's film are yet to be finalised. Ask her about Bollywood's men and Syed says, I love Shah Rukh Khan as an actor. John Abraham is smart, but if there's one actor I'd like to work with, it's Aamir Khan, she gushes.

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