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Czech-mate time



Yana Gupta... Creating a new spark. Photo: R.V. Moorthy.

FIRST, YANA Synkova furthered a fresh fragrance to fashion in India, then as Yana Gupta she Czech-mated Indian gentlemen with her oriental spectacle called "Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo", replacing the original choice Bipasha Basu and recently even toppled Aishwarya in the MTV IMMIES in the best female act category.

But a revolution later, she is not ready to take credit even for the spark. "`Babuji' was something that was never seen before in India, that's why it became a hit. It was a tiring experience, first the rehearsals and then the actual shoot lasted for five days," says Yana, who was in New Delhi to launch Dior Girly, the new range of Christian Dior watches.

Being the Lakme face in India as well, Yana, who has returned from the release of Kingfisher's annual calendar, finds constant media glare a bit taxing. "Some times it becomes a bit too much. However, as I love to travel, I frequently go out to relax to my favourite spots in Goa and Kerala with my husband. I also do meditation and yoga." In fact it was at the Osho's Ashram in Pune that she met her soul mate, painter Satya Gupta. "I like everything about him especially the way he makes me relax."

It was her hobby to explore new destinations that brought her to India after a successful ramp career in Milan and Hamburg and later in Japan where she promoted Nivea. "I used to be a backpacker, that is what brought me to India. I liked the fact that here, fashion is a like a small family, you know almost every other person, unlike Europe where every time you work with a new client. Then I met Satya here and decided to stay."

She concurs that in European circuit most designers put all the concentration on the dresses, which makes the ramp shows dull. "In India, designers create a sort of drama on the ramp where models could play an important part."

Having shot her next item number in Suniel Shetty's home production "Rakht" opposite Sanjay Dutt, Yana, points out "Dil Chahta Hai" and "Devdas" as her favourites in an accent that makes these films sound as Italian. However, she is not game to play full-fledged roles right now. "My options are open. I have received many offers, even from South films but I am still learning Hindi and haven't come across the right script either."

ANUJ KUMAR

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