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No item-girl tag, please!

SAYALI BHAGAT Miss India World-2004 still wants to be on the ramp. ?At least for three more years. However, I won?t mind if a good movie comes my way.? What about Bali Brahmbhatt?s music video Banjara in which she played the dream girl of Lucknow?s Kanishk Saluja?

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 01:21 IST

SAYALI BHAGAT Miss India World-2004 still wants to be on the ramp. “At least for three more years. However, I won’t mind if a good movie comes my way.”

What about Bali Brahmbhatt’s music video Banjara in which she played the dream girl of Lucknow’s Kanishk Saluja?

“But, no more music videos,” she said talking to HT Lucknow Live at a city hotel on Wednesday. “I don’t want that item- girl tag. I did this video, because Bali is my friend. But I hate remixes and raunchy videos in vogue these days,” she pointed out.

But even Kajrare and the recent Omkara songs are a rage and performed by top artistes? “True, but in movies these ‘numbers’ are supplemented with script.

What Ash did in Kajrare or Bipasha in Omkara were need-based roles. I would love to do it in a movie. It’s very tough to shed such tags,” she said.

The movie Rangeen, in which she was acting with Priyanshu, Sandali Sinha, was shelved by the producer due to some personal problem. “I’m looking forward to enhancing my acting skills. I have joined a drama school these days. But, will not do TV as of now,” she said.

So, what are her plans? “I want to be on the ramp for three more years. If any good movie comes my way, I would go that way. But, if nothing happens, I will pick small screen as a career,” she said.

She feels ramp is a very dignified, committed and well-paid career. “If we count top fashion cities 70-80 good fashion shows happen every month. I am doing about 15-18 of them and some 8-10 print shoots. This keeps me busy for 20-25 days. Till December, my dates are booked, so why to bother? I know, 15-years I can very well sustain here.

“In fashion world if a programme cancels 20 days in advance, a model gets one-forth of the money and if at the last moment then the half. Even if we go for dress rehearsal then major part of the payment is made. This way it’s more professional then the big screen. Moreover, the ramp has its own intoxicating charm,” she said.

When Sayali received a call to come to Lucknow, her first reaction was ‘No’. Her past experience haunted her when due to some unprofessional approach she missed her shooting. “But, you have to be professional.” She was very impressed with the mall culture picking up. Earlier, she inaugurated the SIA jewellery showroom at Sahara Ganj. “Being there it was like I am somewhere in Mumbai.”