Humshakals is your second outing with Sajid after Himmatwala flopped.
The great thing about Sajid is that he accepts his mistakes; it is very difficult for someone to accept their mistakes on a public platform. I really respect him for this. He was like an altogether new person on the sets. This worked in his favour because comedy is his zone and while Himmatwala had a lot of drama. It was a heavy film while Humshakals is a fun film.
After Himmatwala flopped, did Hindi film offers dry up?
Yes, they did, because the look in Himmatwala was dated; it wasn’t something that people could associate with. Humshakals is a 360 degree turn for me because I play an urban girl from London. I guess people will accept me after this film.
Comedy is a new territory for you.
I really enjoyed doing a comedy especially because I had Saif and Ritesh with me. Since they are pros at comedy, I tried to imbibe their flair for humour. When I wasn’t part of the shots, I would sit behind the monitor and observe them.
Did Saif throw any Nawabi tantrums on the sets?
Far from it. Saif is easygoing and ensures that everyone around him is comfortable. Saif brings out the best in me.
What about Ritesh Deshmukh?
I was at home with Ritesh because I know his wife Genelia very well. I really wish him luck for Humshakals and Ek Villain, because Ek Villain is going to be a very different film for him.
Humshakals also stars two other girls — Bipasha and Esha. Were there cat fights on the sets?
There is healthy competition in the film as far as the three girls are concerned. And that is a good thing because we all trying to put our best foot forward.
Did you enjoy female bonding on the sets?
Esha and I got along really well. I enjoyed spending time with her, she is really sweet girl.
Did you insist on any clauses in your contract?
I have always maintained that I will not wear a bikini and I will not do any kissing scene on screen. I intend on keeping it that way. I am not comfortable with both.
Your next film Its Entertainment is centered around the dog! Are you worried?
The dog may have a pivotal part in the film but he can’t be the heroine! Everybody has their part to play, so I don’t think I will get sidelined.
Do you agree that by and large actresses serve merely as mannequins in the film?
I like the way I am been projected in the film so I have no issues with that. I would love to do a women centric film like Queen.
What is your relationship status?
For now, I am single. When I find somebody, I will tell the world about it.
Your ideal guy should be.
One whom I am compatible with, somebody who makes me happy as a person and somebody who lets me be without wanting me to change.
-By Anita Britto, Bollywood News Service