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Sneha dismisses being Ash lookalike

Despite being two films old, comparisons with Ash still dog Sneha.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 18:11 IST

She made news as a debutant for her looks like Aishwarya Rai. But Sneha Ullal, who is ready with her second release Aryan- Unbreakable, isn't bothered any more by such comparisons. The film is directed by Abhishek Kapoor and Sneha is paired with Sohail Khan. She debuted opposite Salman Khan in last year's hit, Lucky No Time for Love. Excerpts from a chat.

Aryan is an action film. Do you think you have enough scope in the film?
I signed the film before I started working on Lucky. It was Sohail who asked me to try it out. You know I am part of the Khan family, so I depended on his conviction. But let me be honest. After working in the film, I can say I have done much more than did in Lucky.

Could you elaborate on your role?
It's a young affair. I play a girl who is like a support system for Sohail, who is a boxer. We are from diametrically opposite backgrounds. I am from a rich family but he is not that well off. Despite all odds, I believe in him. The best part is that my character has shades - I also play a mother in the film. In Lucky, on the other hand, the horizon of my role was confined to that of a schoolgirl, showing me in two-three outfits.

Despite being two films old, comparisons with Ash still dog Sneha.

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id you have to prepare for the role?


I signed

Aryan

and immediately went to Russia to shoot for Lucky. After I returned I was on the sets of Aryan. So, I hardly had any time for preparation.

Are you a sports freak?
Oh yes, I am! I have been an athlete. I have played basketball, hockey and also cricket. My favourite sportspersons are Zaheer Khan and, of course, Sachin Tendulkar. I also like Andre Agassi.

You have worked with Salman and Sohail? How was the experience?
They are completely different from the image they have of being arrogant. They all believe in hard work. Salman is a bit flirtatious; he loves to play pranks on the sets. Sohail, on the other hand, is more sober. Having worked with them, I have also imbibed some of their good qualities.

Is being an Ash lookalike an advantage or not?
When people see a copy of the Taj Mahal, they say it looks like the Taj Mahal, isn't it? So, that's an advantage. But when they compare me with Aishwarya, I think they should limit it to the screen, nothing else. I am new to this profession and hence, there is no competition.

What about your image of a girl next door?
I don't mind. I feel very young and can easily pass off as a girl for a long, long time. Age is on my side, so what's the problem? I can think of an image makeover later.

What next?
There is a film with E Niwas with Fardeen Khan and Riteish Deshmukh and there is one film with Mimoh Chakraborty, Mithunda’s (Chakraborty) son.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 20:00 IST