director J P Dutta says you're a perfect natural before the
camera. Do you think you are?
don't fake anything on screen. When I signed Mr J P Dutta's
film I knew exactly what I was getting into, though he didn't
narrate the script to me. He never does. I knew I could prove
myself as an actress in Refugee. I was more keen on proving my
acting abilities before showing my expertise in dressing up
glamorously and dancing around trees. I wanted to sock a
power-packed performance to the audience. I wanted the film
industry, the critics and audience to welcome an actress
before warming up to the star. Stardom is something
transitory. But to be known as a capable actress requires a
lot of struggle. I'm very lucky to have got such an
opportunity in my very first film. My role in Refugee is a
very difficult one. The emotions I had to express weren't
completely familiar to me. The adaas and the coyness are just
not part of my nature. When people meet me for the first time
they go, `Oh my God'
your sister Karisma you are quite an extrovert, aren't you?
that's me. So portraying a demure, quiet character in Refugee
was quite difficult for me. Both Abhishek and I were allowed
to be very spontaneous. Our director didn't brief us about
what he wanted us to do until the take. Mr Dutta told us what
to do only after the camera was switched on. It was very
difficult but ultimately very satisfying. Abhishek and I, we
did all our emotional sequences spontaneously. We didn't have
to use glycerine even once. I have to say, whatever I know
about acting I've learnt from Mr J P Dutta. I have told him I
want to be in all his films, irrespective of the role. We all
grew so attached to one another. I was weeping on the last day
of Refugee. I just can't believe the film is over and ready
for release. No matter how many films I do in my career I
don't think I'll be able to forget Refugee
were supposed to play the lead in `Kaho Na Pyar Hai'. Why did
you opt out after a few days of shooting?
actually happened. There were certain things about which the
director Mr Rakesh Roshan and I couldn't see eye to eye.