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Revealing it all... .honestly

At a time when every actor or director is launching his or her son, daughter or nephew and niece, Manoj Kumar's niece Deeksha has made a quiet entry into Bollywood with "Yeh Kaisi Mohabbat", released at cinema halls across Delhi this past week. RANA A. SIDDIQUI speaks to the girl who wants to work with Yash Chopra... .

IT IS nephew-niece time now on the silver screen. First it was Govinda's nephew Krishna and now it is Manoj Kumar's niece -- Deeksha. Together they have just made their debut in "Yeh Kaisi Mohabbat", a romantic, suspense thriller directed by the first-timer Dinkar Kapoor.

Her real name is Sheeba Bhakri. She had to be rechristened Deeksha to avoid confusion in filmdom, as there already exists one Sheeba - remember Sheeba of "Miss 420" fame"? - as also for the novelty that it carries. She is bold but not beautiful in conventional sense, garrulous but not short on sense. Seen in Hayward-2000, Siyaram and a few other hard drink advertisements, Deeksha was simultaneously into music videos that made Dinkar choose her as the main lead with Krishna in "Yeh Kaisi... " The music-lovers still recall "Jalwa" and "Josheele" videos which made her a hit through "Muniya Re" number or "Mona Re" from "Bombay Vikings" and "Gal Wich Pale".

Deeksha hails from Jalandhar in Punjab. Being a regular visitor to her maternal uncle, Manoj Kumar's place, she nurtured a silent dream of making it to the silver screen since childhood. It started with roles as a child artiste in many Punjabi films -- "Mauja Dubedia" and "Paaro" were runaway hits. But, as she grew up, "opportunities thinned down so I switched to modelling and music videos." Meanwhile, she also continued studies. After completing her senior secondary from her SNDT College, Mumbai, she did a course in catering management from Mithibai College. "I had to do something, so the course. To tell you the truth, I can't even cook," she admits. For the moment she has her only film to talk about. "I am a very ambitious girl in `Yeh Kaisi... ' who adopts wrong methods to become rich and successful."

An ardent admirer of books by Osho, Deekha minces no words saying that she believes in shedding all inhibitions and is ready for any shot if the film demands. "I hate hypocrisy. On metropolitan cities' mall roads, you see ordinary girls moving around in spaghetti and make a big show of even briefs, so why blame only the heroines for it? We should have leverage for that as we attract the masses to screen."

A die-hard fan of Rekha, Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Chopra, she is ready to do "even smallest role if it is a Yash Chopra film".

Next films? "None," she says. Not because she is choosey about roles but because "I still have not got any offers," she confesses.

She claims to be "a happy-go-lucky person who would silently confine herself to her room when it comes to listening to Jagjit Singh's ghazals". About the word that she can sing also? "Well no..no... ," she leaves it half way.

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