AMY ar­rives

The gor­geous Brit and ris­ing south­ern star talks about her de­but in Bollywood, with her movie Ekk De­wanaa Tha

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How movie? was How the dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence was of it work­ing from Tamil in your cinema? first Bollywood There wasn’t a huge dif­fer­ence. Both the di­rec­tors I have worked with—gau­tham Menon ( Ekk Dee­wana Tha) and AL Vi­jay ( Madras­ap­at­ti­nam)— are from the south, and so was the whole crew. I sup­pose the only dif­fer­ence was that Ekk Dee­wana Tha was more di­a­logue-based than Madras­ap­at­ti­nam, and it was also com­pletely in Hindi com­pared to an English/tamil for­mat. And the cli­mate! Chen­nai is in­sanely hot com­pared to Mum­bai. How dif­fi­cult was it work­ing in a Hindi movie, con­sid­er­ing you don’t speak the lan­guage? There was a lot of prepa­ra­tion, like any movie I sup­pose. My char­ac­ter, Jessie, is a Chris­tian Malay­ali girl, so to get into her skin was a chal­lenge. Her body lan­guage, man­ner­isms, and gen­eral per­sona were com­pletely dif­fer­ent to mine. Also, I would spend hours be­fore the next scene to get my Hindi lines per­fect. Would you say Ekk Dee­wana Tha has been a per­fect Bollywood launchpad for you? It is a su­perb launch into Bollywood. I’m so grate­ful be­cause there are tonnes of girls who would love to have this op­por­tu­nity. It is a gift to be able to work with Gau­tham Menon, an award-win­ning di­rec­tor, on a movie which has an amaz­ing sto­ry­line, with mu­sic from Os­car-win­ner AR Rah­man, along­side Prateik, one of the most tal­ented young ac­tors in Bollywood.

What was work­ing with Prateik like? Prateik is an awe­some co-star. I was com­pletely com­fort­able be­cause he’s very re­laxed, which makes the at­mos­phere so much bet­ter. We’d go through scenes to­gether; if there were some Hindi words that I’d find dif­fi­cult, he’d be more than will­ing to help. From Miss Teen World 2008 to a Tamil movie star, did you an­tic­i­pate that you would take such var­ied paths? I had no in­ten­tions of act­ing, es­pe­cially here in In­dia. I think I’ll come to terms with it af­ter a year or so—it’s still a whirl­wind.

Who is your favourite In­dian ac­tress? I have two. My all-time favourite is Aish­warya Rai. Even be­fore I en­tered Bollywood, I was a huge fan of hers. She is beau­ti­ful, tal­ented, and a great dancer. I also watched Jabwe Met a few weeks

ago and Ka­reena Kapoor was amaz­ing. n

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