‘Aamir Khan wanted to meet me for a film’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

De­spite be­ing a star sib­ling, ac­tor Preetika Rao (right) never felt that it was im­per­a­tive for her to be­come a movie star like her sis­ter, Am­rita Rao. She rather chose a dif­fer­ent path and made her act­ing de­but through the tele­vi­sion soap Bein­te­haa.

The de­ci­sion was not for a lack of of­fers. Preetika re­veals that she had been get­ting film of­fers since she was 16 years old, but some­how she could never say yes to them. “Aamir Khan wanted to meet me for Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na. Film­maker Pradip Sarkar and pro­ducer Vashu Bhag­nani also of­fered me a movie. Pro­ducer Ku­mar Tau­rani wanted to launch me in Ra­maiya Vas­tavaiya, but for some strange rea­son, I could never make up my mind about Bol­ly­wood.”

Preetika adds, “Since my sis­ter was a suc­cess­ful ac­tor, I had a deep in­sight into the in­dus­try. That didn’t mean if I got an of­fer, I’d just jump into it for the sake of fame.”

The 28-year-old ac­tor also shares that since child­hood, she has been very pas­sion­ate about be­ing a model, and that led her to do sev­eral ad films. “It was dur­ing [one of] these as­sign­ments that a Tamil di­rec­tor of­fered me my first film, which was in Tel­ugu.”

Af­ter a short stint in Tamil films, Preetika took a break and went to New York for a screen­play writ­ing course. “When I came back, there was a sud­den del­uge of of­fers from TV pro­duc­tion houses — six of them of­fered me [roles in] lead­ing shows,” re­calls Preetika. “At that time, ma­jor names from Bol­ly­wood such as Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Karan Jo­har were also on the small screen — on a show or in a series. So I felt it was the right time for me to de­but on tele­vi­sion.”

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