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Beauty with compassion



Nikita... realising dreams. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

NIKITA ANAND, Sunsilk Femina Miss India Universe 2003, will soon join the ranks of ramp scorchers hoping to set the silver screen ablaze. The film is R.K. Creations' yet untitled love story, in which she plays the love interest of Kiran Jhanjani, of Oops and Stop fame. Its director Ravi Kumar is a successful filmmaker in South India and this is his first film in Hindi. Though the cast is yet to be finalised, the film is due to be on the floor by the end of this month, says Nikita. Meanwhile, she plans to zip off to participate in the Singapore Fashion Week that begins on March 25.

Describing herself as a "diehard fan of Shah Rukh Khan", she feels working opposite him is "the ultimate dream". Despite being a beginner, she has already rejected a number of offers, says Nikita. "I was offered quite a few roles. But they were of the same league as Sins or Fun in which I was supposed to expose a lot. I don't want to make a beginning with such films that I don't believe in. Moreover, I believe that it is a passing phase and some good films are bound to come round," assumes Nikita.

Given a choice, she would "love to do a film like Bend it like Beckcham", she says. Crossover cinema, she believes "is here to change the audience's mindset for the better".

Nikita is also serving as an Ambassador of HelpAge India. "Not only this, I am also working for cancer patients and helping the old people at a personal level. I am also associated with some NGOs," she informs us.

At the first instance, Nikita comes across as an ordinary girl with ordinary aspirations, but a deeper look reveals an extraordinary ambition, rooted in the concept of social justice. Remember when at the beauty pageant she was asked which was the cause she could give her life to, and she answered, "I will stand up for the cause of the elderly who have not been given their due share of attention. I will work to secure their dignity." And as an ambassador for HelpAge India, she seems to be keeping her word.

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