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Reasons to smile

Films, teaching, politics, marriage… Amisha Patel tells HARSHIKAA UDASI there’s lots to keep her busy

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LOTS IN HER KITTY Amisha Patel

She was expected to contest the recently-concluded general elections but decided against it as she wanted to get her basics about politics right. She’s reading Only Love is Real by Dr Brian Weiss and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. She’s been invited to teach at her alma mater, Tufts University, Massachusetts.

Level-headed

Unbelievable as it may sound, we are talking about a Bollywood actress here. Amisha Patel, who began her film career with “Kaho Naa Pyar Hai” opposite Hrithik Roshan, surprises you with her maturity and level-headedness. “My family background has been such that I have been exposed to various cultures, and possess general and political awareness. I have learnt to not let anything overawe me,” says the granddaughter of politician-lawyer Rajni Patel, who was the Congress Pradesh Committee President of Bombay.

The chirpy actress, who wowed audiences with her yellow bikini in last year’s “Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic”, is all set for two releases (“when the multiplex owners-producers imbroglio comes to an end,” she sighs) — “Run Bhola Run” with Govinda, Tusshar Kapoor and Celina Jaitley and “Chatur Singh Two Star” with Sanjay Dutt. “Run Bhola Run” is a story of two convicts who try and escape from jail and Amisha’s role is pivotal for she is the one they are trying to get hold of. “Chatur Singh Two Star” is inspired by the “Pink Panther” series and the diamond heist has Sanjay Dutt chasing Amisha to South Africa.

The twin comedies are just what the doctor ordered for Amisha, who has given four cameo performances in the last two years (walk-on parts in “Heyy Baby” and “Om Shanti Om” and bit-length roles in “Bhool Bhulaiya” and “Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic”).

Characters matter

“I have never done films where the spotlight is only on me. I say yes when I feel the audience can relate to my character in some way,” she reasons. “When I played a mother in my second film, “Gadar”, and was covered from head to toe, people thought I was damaging my career. When I wore saris in “Humraaz”, many thought it would work against me. The same was repeated to me when I played a love-struck wife in “Honeymoon…” Even Adi (Aditya Chopra) was scared and told me to think twice before saying yes to “Thoda Pyaar…” as it was essentially the role of a dimwit. She was loveable but there could have been negative responses,” she says.

From what we hear, David Dhawan had approached Amisha with a great film but one in which she had to play a secondary role. Apparently, unlike what she claims, the actress is in no mood to work on the sidelines and refused the project. Ask her about this, and she laughs: “It isn’t true. Talks with David were at a very primary stage and it wasn’t due to the length of the role that I refused. In fact, even ‘Biloo’ was my film but Shah Rukh thought that I’d look too young to play a mother of two children (eventually Lara Dutta played the role). These things happen very often.”

Political plunge?

In the last few months there has been strong speculation that Amisha would contest elections from a seat in Gujarat. But, it did not happen. The actress did not even campaign for any party.

“Most people think it is the most obvious step for me. My granddad was known as the ‘kingmaker’. I have had loads of offers to join politics, but honestly, I feel I am too young. It requires experience and one has to understand the responsibility that comes with it. I want to be part of the change; not just cash in on the good work of my grandfather. I wouldn’t want to tarnish his image. I’d rather study the political system in great detail and then give my nod to it,” she says.

As of now, life’s beautiful for the actress who is in love with hotelier Kanav Puri. “Marriage could be on the cards, but right now, it is time to focus on our respective careers,” she says.

LIFE'S LOOKING UP

Her personal favourite and regular designer is Rocky S who has styled her ultra-glam look in “Run Bhola Run”.

Manish Malhotra is giving her an upmarket look in trademark bubblegum colours for “Chatur Singh Two Star”

She is soon to decide dates for conducting a six-week course on drama, Hindi cinema and entertainment at her alma mater, Tufts University, Massachusetts

Would love to do a “Lara Croft” kind of role

Has signed a Shaad Ali film alongside Ranbir Kapoor and has a three-film deal with YashRaj but prefers to keep mum about it

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