'Sajid is Like My Elder Brother' - The New Indian Express

'Sajid is Like My Elder Brother'

Published: 09th May 2014 11:41 AM

Last Updated: 13th May 2014 01:08 PM

There is something disarming about Tamannaah Bhatia. This fair lady negates any misgivings one may have of her as a reticent Bollywood starlet with her candid conversation. Age and looks would dictate that Tamannah—who began her climb through Telugu movies over a decade ago—pursue casting as the syrupy sweet girl-next-door in any number of blockbuster rom-coms, but she rose to popularity with Sekhar Kammula’s Telugu film Happy Days.

Looks like Tamannah has become filmmaker Sajid Khan’s lucky mascot, as the director has signed her for his next flick, a romantic comedy. “I got my first break in Bollywood with Sajid Khan’s comic action movie Himmatwala, even though that didn’t do much at the box-office. Pleased with my performance, he decided to take me in Humshakals against Saif Ali Khan. The film is a remake of the yesteryear’s laugh riot Angoor,” says the 24-year-old. 

After meeting with Sajid, the actress was convinced that she could find her way into the role. “He is extremely persuasive and very specific about his vision,” says Tamannah. “He shed light on the character that I didn’t see when reading the script. It’s spontaneous,” the actress shares. Content with the character, the actor says, “I play a VJ in the film. It was a conscious call though I am playing an urban, young and ultra-glamorous girl. I could relate to the whole look and felt more comfortable carrying it.”

The Sajid Khan directorial, which will hit the screens on June 20, is all set to unleash total madness and confusion—it’s the first time a film will see its lead characters in triple roles.

Having been plunged into the media gossips by rumours circulating about an affair with Sajid during the production of Humshakals, Tamannah is quick to deny the rumours and highlight the brevity of their working relationship. “I get asked so frequently about Sajid and working with him. Rumours can’t be taken seriously. I don’t understand them. As a person, I just have to ignore it and move on. All I can do it laugh it off. Sajid is like my elder brother,” she trails off, laughing. “These rumours are very funny and baseless. I believe that everything has a time in life and when the time is right, and when I am ready, I may probably think about these things. Right now my priority is my career and I wish to do as many good films as possible.”

The actress is all praise for her Humshakals co-star Saif Ali Khan. “Saif is an awesome co-star, very encouraging and entertaining. He is a thorough gentleman. He has a great sense of humour. Apart from a brilliant actor that he is, Saif is a very good person and an honest human being. I have learnt a lot from him,” says Tamannah, who was complimented by Kareena Kapoor as a lookalike of Karisma Kapoor. “Not only Kareena, even Ajay Devgn finds a similarity between me and Karsima because of the similar skin tones and features. It is a huge compliment,” she says.

Talking about interesting anecdotes from the Humshakals shoot, she says, “Saif, Riteish and Ram were dressed up as women running around in beachwear. The boys had to transform into girls. That was hilarious.”  

In the meantime, Tamannah will be seen sharing screen space with the likes of Prabhas and Rana Daggubati in Telugu movie Baahubali. She has been cast in the role of Avantika in the film. She has also been signed up for Agadu in which she will romance with Mahesh Babu; the film is scheduled for release in September 2014. The actress has also signed a Tamil film which is going to be a sequel of the comedy film, Boss Engira Bhaskaran, in which she will play Arya’s romantic interest.

Despite her time away to Bollywood, the actress has clearly managed to hold her own in the south. And she’s done it well given that her competition includes equally sought-after names like Shruti Haasan and Kajal Agarwal.

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