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Life?s rocking for Minissha Lamba

The spunky actress speaks to Avantika Sushil about her forthcoming film, Rocky. Rocky in pics

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 12:35 IST
Avantika Sushil (
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With films like Corporate, Yahaan and Anthony Kaun Hai, Minissha Lamba is slowly but steadily making her way to the top. Next on the cards is Rocky, where Minissha is paired with hottie Zayed Khan.

Though the film shares the same name as the 70’s flick Rocky, which had Sanjay Dutt playing the protagonist, Minissha says that her film is not a remake.

Unwilling to divulge much about the movie, Minissha says, “The film is not inspired or a remake of the 70’s Rocky. I wouldn't like to divulge much about the film as that is for you guys to watch out. Rocky is a story of today’s youth, their thoughts, their dreams and struggle to realize them. Zayed is playing Rocky, a guy whose life undergoes many ups and downs. I play an NRI girl who has a travel agency. She’s a spunky, positive girl who comes into Rocky’s life when he is at a breaking point.”

Minissha Lamba's Rocky will hit the theatres on 22nd September.

Talking about Zayed, she says, “Zayed is a wonderful co-star. He was very friendly on the sets and made me feel comfortable. He helped me immensely and treated me more like a friend than a co-star. He’s a brilliant actor and it was wonderful to work with him.”

Though a newcomer, Minissha has had the opportunity to work withbiggies like Madhur Bhandarkar, Arshad Warsi, Jimmy Shergill and Zayed Khan, which she says,has been a learning experience for her. “It’s very humbling to have worked with such great people. But it also gets scary at times as you are expected to match their calibre. It’s been a learning experience for me and I have learnt a lot from them. They’re all great artists and it is very interesting to see and learn from their style of working.”

But wasn’t it difficult to do the typical Bollywood dance and song numbers in Rocky after doing serious roles in Corporate and Yahaan? She promptly replies, “As an actor I want to play an entire range of characters. So, it doesn’t matter what kind of a film it is; what matters is the kind of role that I am doing. In Rocky, I am playing a young independent woman who has her own travel agency. It’s completely different from the roles that I have done till now.”

Rocky also has Minissha match steps with Isha Sharvani, an actress who's known for her graceful dancing style. “Yes Isha’s a great dancer but I think that everyone has his or her own style of dancing. Like Zayed is a spontaneous dancer and I am more into the party dancing. So, I enjoyed doing those songs. You can’t really compare anybody with someone whether it's dancing or acting. All I can say is that we’ve given our best to the film. Now it is for the audiences to decide.”

After Rocky, Minissha will be next seen in Zoya Akhtar’s Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, where she’s paired opposite Abhay Deol. “In Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, Abhay and I play a Parsi couple. It’s a very different film. Then there’s Avantika…an unfinished life that is based on the classic Rebecca. I’m really excited about that as well.”

First Published: Sep 20, 2006 17:09 IST