BIG­GER IS BET­TER

Cosmopolitan (India) - - FASHION -

Bulk is less evil than you think—work a co­coon coat with a nipped waist and high heels for an in­stant hour­glass fig­ure (and sexy French style). di­rec­tor’s mind was made up, and a week later, the raven-haired beauty who’d only just turned 17, found her­self in sti­fling Chen­nai, pre­par­ing for her Tamil de­but, Madras­ap­at­ti­nam. She plainly ad­mits she was ter­ri­fied. But be­fore she knew it, the anx­i­ety was gone and she be­gan to en­joy the process. Madras­ap­at­ti­nam was a run­away hit, and Amy’s per­for­mance roundly ap­pre­ci­ated. At the pre­miere, Vi­jay in­tro­duced her to his friend Gau­tam Menon, an­other pro­lific South In­dian di­rec­tor. And a week later, Menon called to say he was di­rect­ing a Bol­ly­wood film and he wanted Amy for the lead.

Once more, she said yes to fate— she’d al­ready done a film, how dif­fer­ent could it be? “What a shock to the sys­tem,” she says, sound­ing a bit in shock still. “I had to change every­thing—learn to dance, learn Hindi, learn to be this char­ac­ter who I’m not at all like in real life,” she adds. What about the off screen im­pli­ca­tions of be­ing a Bol­ly­wood per­son­al­ity? The tabloids have al­ready got her cast in a sear­ing ro­mance with her good look­ing co-star, Prateik Bab­bar. “I get so scared of the stuff in the pa­pers. I’m not dat­ing Prateik, but I’m very fond of him. It will take me a while to get used to hear­ing about my­self in the news,” she says. “For now, I’m not yet ‘big’, so I’m try­ing to en­joy the pri­vacy while it lasts,” she says. Does she find time to be home­sick? “At first I did, but my fam­ily and friends visit me of­ten, and peo­ple have been so lovely to me here—i shifted to Mum­bai in Septem­ber and al­ready it has be­come my sec­ond home,” she says.

She tells me she’s hav­ing fun dis­cov­er­ing the city and the food, the lat­ter a bit halt­ingly. “I’ve al­ways loved but­ter chicken,” she re­veals. “When I got here, it’s the first thing I or­dered be­cause I thought it would be best to be­gin with some­thing fa­mil­iar. It wasn’t even slightly sim­i­lar, I couldn’t han­dle the spice,” she adds. How does she keep her head above, while she starts work on her next South In­dian film? “I don’t take things se­ri­ously. If life got too set­tled now, I’d be bored,” she signs off with a smile.

Check­ered wool dress (worn

in­side), ₹ 1,25,000 and

bouclé-tweed coat, ₹ 1,23,000, both Fendi; Huba beret, Vero Moda, ₹ 795; Lady Dior

hand­bag in tweed, Chris­tian

Dior, price on re­quest; round­toe pumps with an­kle straps, Elie Saab, price on

re­quest

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