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Udita has two years to prove herself

The actress tells Rachana Dubey that if she's not at the top then she doesn't want to be a part of Bollywood.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 19:08 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey

Lately, she’s been busy with stage shows. The actress who had put on a few extra pounds is religiously exercising to look her age. Right now, she’s chilling out at her new home, when we get talking:

Aksar was a hit. But you didn’t capitalise on it?
Offers are coming my way but I haven’t taken them up. I don’t want to do run-of-the-mill films. I’ve been working on Agar, which is a part of the trilogy by Shyam Bajaj and Anant Mahadevan.

Despite just one release, 2006 was the best year, financially. I’ve been doing one show after another. After all, everyone works for money.

What kept you busy in 2006?
I recently shifted into my new apartment at Shastri Nagar, Andheri in Mumbai. I spent time decorating my house. Besides, I’ve been working out to tone my body.

You’re said to be a better model than an actress.
I think so too. I was a top mod el when I started out in the movies. To be a model, you need to have unusual looks, which I have. To act, you need not have looks. But you can’t survive without acting skills. I can act, but there are many who’re better. I think my critics are not wrong if they point that out.

I’ve given myself two years. If things don’t get better here, I will quit films. If I’m not at the top, then I don’t want to be here.

How come you were absent at the celebration of success of Vishesh Films’ ventures including your own Zeher?
I was away in Delhi for a show and I’d informed them about my plans before. They called me 100’s of times in the day to find out if I can make it to the function, but I couldn’t.

My trophy is still lying in the Vishesh Film’s office. They’ll have it sent to my house. Why do you try to hide the fact that you are seeing director Mohit Suri?
Yes. I am seeing him from the time we started working on Zeher. Off work, he’s a kid, very innocent and charming. At work, he wouldn’t even want to look at or talk to me, unless there’s a scene.

I’d made it very clear to him then, that after Zeher we won’t work together on a film. I love my pride, too much. I don’t want people to look at my relationship with him as a shady director-heroine affair. You can’t stop people from thinking that I’m getting his films because the director is my boyfriend.

First Published: Jan 17, 2007 06:00 IST