Opening the Indian innings
Hazel... Indian films beckon. Photo: R.V. Moorthy.
SHE IS seen in remix album singing and dancing to the tune of Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar on the idiot box. You might mistake her for Yana Gupta in first glimpse for she bears a striking resemblance. But Hazel is a beauty from the United Kingdom. You will see her in Wilson Louis' debut film Ho Sakta Hai in which she plays love interest of Khalid Siddiqui, who had a cameo in Joggers' Park and has a significant role in Wilson's film.
Hazel's love affair with Hindi films began two years ago when she came to visit Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty in vacations. "I saw some Hindi films those days and was fascinated. Lots of colours, music and dance made me try my luck here," says Hazel who is also a painter. After doing her college in fashion technology in London, she travelled Asia for three years and landed in India as she was offered remix album. She has been staying in Mumbai for "last eight months" now.
Into Bollywood now
Ho Sakta Hai is not the film she is counting upon. "I am not doing anything which is challenging for me. I am playing myself who lives in the U.S. and helps Khalid through his emotional turmoil."
While she loved Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam for its grandeur and emotions, and hated Mujhse Shaadi Karogi for its "cheating treatment" she was amazed and uncomfortable on the films sets at the beginning. "Among 50 men on the sets I could hardly spot one woman hairdresser. It was daunting," she says.
Currently she isn't laying her hands on films "though people here told me that because of my Indianised looks I can pass off as an Indian but I don't want that. I still have to make up my mind for the kinds of roles I choose for myself," she says.
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