Steady and ready to reveal
Like her outfits, Koena Mitra is liberal with her language too
WHEN SUBHASH Ghai asked Koena Mitra as one of the judges of Gladrags Mega Model 2002 what is that one thing for which she would sacrifice everything in the world, she answered, "The man I love". Koena won the contest.
Though the man she talked about isn't seen anywhere, but she is seen sacrificing much for the cause of films, from clothes to looks. In Ram Gopal Varma's Road, she dances to the tune of "Nikal Le Bhaiyye" an item number in bizarre outfits and equally weird looks. In Musafir, she repeats the same with some length attached to her role and in Insan she plays Ajay Devgan's wife "who shares a sweet chemistry with her husband, is always seen with him and sings romantic songs".
This Kolkata girl has now started feeling the burns of the sacrifice. "After I did a few remix albums and this song in Road, I was flooded with identical songs and films like Hawas which I bluntly refused." But she couldn't decline Sanjay Gupta of Musafir. "Sanjay had come to me earlier for an item number in Plan but I had refused that without even listening to it. Later when he came again for Musafir, I couldn't say no for the second time. Moreover, I did this film because of two reasons; one, I treated the item number as I did in my remix albums and second despite the fact that Sameera Reddy's screen space is more, I have quite a meaty role. I am the second girl in the film who is glamorous as well as a girl next door. Since the film has four heroes, two heroines come as breathers," she defends.
But then her role often is shadowed by her songs? "It is because now the directors know that I have a comfortable body language before the camera.
It is not about how much you reveal but about how do you look after that. I think modelling has helped me a lot shedding inhibitions.
Moreover, I am very good at mugging up my dialogues even if I have barely half-an-hour to deliver them."
She refused the item song in Khaki, Aisa Jadoo Dala Re which later Lara Dutta did. "I was not aware of what item songs meant those days. I wasn't willing to do that either, for it was too early to decide what I wanted to do besides modelling. I was also offered a song in The Rising opposite Aamir Khan and one in Rudraksh but I refused both," she says.
Well, she might have but now the Rudraksh man Sanjay Dutt makes her miss a beat. "He is the hottest man on earth, I bet." A slip of tongue and she tries to make up for it, "... while Ajay Devgan is full of surprises. He is very agile and keeps his co-actors literally on toes... "
She might be new and still to arrive but she already made some sensible decisions. "I am getting high of the industry now. I would like to do small role under a big banner than doing a big film of an unknown man... "
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