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Keeping mum on love, not films

Bollywood actress Lara Dutta gets candid on her career, films and life in showbiz with Diganta Guha.
None | By Diganta Guha, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2007 11:15 AM IST

Comedy comfort
No Entry was my first in the comic genre and it clicked. I had a lot of fun doing the character. It also changed my image. I have thoroughly enjoyed doing comedy and have earned the reputation of being a comic actor, which is not bad.

I have done comedy in Bhagam Bhag, Partner and even to a certain extent in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

Different energy
In Bhagam Bhag I was more of a catalyst. In No Entry everybody had a fair share of the comic scenes. In Partner, Govinda and Salman Khan are fabulous. Govinda has the chunk of the comic performances. When you are doing comedy, the energy level on a set is different.

Comic magicians
Each director has his own school of filmmaking. Anees Bazmee (No Entry) is so fabu lous as a writer, that as soon as you read a scene you can see the magic that is going to be on screen. With Priyadarshan (Bhagam Bhag) it all happens at that moment.

There's so much of spontaneity. Actors like Govinda and are just Paresh Rawal magicians when it comes to comedy. You never know what they are going to throw at you. David Dhawan (Partner) is amazing with the sort of chemistry he has with Salman and Govinda.

Playing the scribe
I play a nosey journalist in Partner, who will literally go all out for a scoop. She has no time for a relationship. Salman is a love guru, who finds that when he falls in love with this girl, she doesn't want anything to do with him. It is a sweet role.

Being different
After a long time people will see the David Dhawan-Govinda combination on screen. I feel David has matured in terms of storyline and quality of comedy. He has allowed Govinda a free hand, but made sure things are not out of place.

On Jhoom's debacle
It is difficult to say. Everybody puts in 100 per cent and there are so many factors that make a film a success at the box-office. I have been appreciated and it has brought many offers. Post Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.. I have been on a high.

On her career so far
Winning Miss Universe was amazing but it didn't make life easier as an actor. One may get a platform, but what matters is whether you can act or not. I was really scared of that when I set foot in the industry. For me, it's all about proving whether I am a good actor or not.

Splitting from boyfriend Kelly
I have nothing to say about that because I don't encourage speculation.

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