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Sunday, October 12, 2003
Lead Article

"I live life on my own terms"
Avinash Kalla

Sushmita in Samay: Right on target
Sushmita in Samay: Right on target.

IN the last six years, Sushmita Sen has realised that a status in Bollywood is as coveted and as hard- earned as a crown in a beauty contest. Here, a beauty queenturnedstar is only as big as her last box office hit. Despite being in the industry for over six years, there is still one ambition she has---a big hit which has been eluding her. Now Sush hopes to fulfill that desire with her new release Samay,

There is a lot of hype surrounding Samay. Could you tell us a bit about the film?

Samay is an out-and-out thriller. I play a women ACP who goes around her job in civvies. The movie is slick and very credible. There is a realistic approach to the storyline.

What does a realistic approach mean?

By realistic I would say that there isnít any thing in the script that stretches credibility. Take, for example, my character. I donít go around shooting goons at the drop of a hat. I am neither a Charlieís Angels nor are there any breath taking Lara Croft kind of stunts.

 


What attracted you to the role?

The unpredictability of my character struck me. It was a chance to do something that Iíve never tried before. The film was written with a male character in mind but later changed into a female lead though other things remained the same.

Are you satisfied by the way your career has shaped up?

Iíve lived life on my own terms. When I did Dilbar Dilbar everyone was shocked I was doing an item number, but people got totally floored by how I did it. For me the character is important not the length.

What according to you is the status of actresses in the industry today?

The status of actresses has been elevated and they are commanding as much respect as men. Scripts are being written with the heroine in mind.

Do you think women-oriented films like Samay can do well at the box office?

Iíll put a counter question to you. Tell me which star can guarantee a box office hit? Agreed that women have seldom been crowd pullers, but with all due respect to leading stars there is none who can pull a film on his shoulders, not even the biggest of names.

Are you doing any other interesting projects?

Yes. I am doing Paisa Vasool a story of two strangers who meet in Mumbai. Then there is It Rained That Night an English adaptation of Astitva, where I play a women from 22 to 48 years. I am also doing Farah Khanís Main Hoon Naa. So itís all varied. I try not to accept the same kind of roles.

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