The Asian Age

‘I stay away from com­pe­ti­tion’

Ac­tress Am­rit Maghera makes her singing de­but in the film, Mad About Dance

- SAUMYA BHA­TIA

There’s more to the beau­ti­ful ac­tress Am­rit Maghera than meets the eye. She re­cently made her de­but with Mad About Dance ( MAD) op­po­site her ex Sahil Prem, who di­rected the film as well. Dressed in jeans and a knot­ted check shirt, Am­rit kept her look very sim­ple and her an­swers short and crisp.

Not many know that be­sides mod­el­ling, and now act­ing, Am­rit has also made her de­but in singing. She sang Ishq ka bukhar ( in MAD) and when she was re­quested by me­dia pro­fes­sion­als to sing a few lines, hes­i­tant at first, Am­rit crooned a few lines

from the song.

This London- based pro­fes­sional model- turned- ac­tress al­ready has her kitty full of films. Talk­ing about her fu­ture projects, she shares, “I am play­ing a lead role in Pan

Nalin’s Angry In­dian God­desses and will also ap­pear in the fea­ture film, Amar Ak­bar & Tony di­rected by Atul Mal­ho­tra.”

Hav­ing re­cently shot for the lead role in Goreyan Nu Dafa Karo op­po­site singer Amrinder Gill, when asked if act­ing in Pun­jabi was any dif­fer­ent, she says, “I can speak Pun­jabi, though not very well, but the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in a Pun­jabi film was good.”

Talk­ing about her back­ground in dance and how mod­el­ling opened up more op­por­tu­ni­ties for her, Am­rit says, “I have a pro­fes­sional dance back­ground and have danced for the likes of Guns n’ Roses and Kanye West. Even though I am a trained dancer, I had to learn break dance for MAD and it was def­i­nitely not an easy ex­pe­ri­ence. I met with a mod- elling agency here and soon got a work op­por­tu­nity with a popular cos­met­ics brand.”

Upon ask­ing if she prefers to model or act and who in­spires her, Am­rit re­veals, “I would pre­fer act­ing more than mod­el­ling. The fash­ion in­dus­try is huge here, with­out a doubt, but I am fo­cussed about my fu­ture in films. I was lucky to have got Lakme, but I knew in my heart that I wanted to be a per­former. My par­ents have al­ways en­cour­aged me to follow my heart. I’ve worked very hard to reach here and also did an act­ing course from Barry John’s act­ing school. Even though I’ve only seen Dev­das, I am keen to ex­plore and learn. I don’t have any one in­spi­ra­tion and I get in­spired by every­day things.” In­ter­est­ingly, she has been tagged by Harper’s Bazaar In­dia as ‘ one of the most promis­ing new­comer ac­tresses this year’. Asked who she rates as com­pe­ti­tion, Am­rit replies, “I stay away from com­pe­ti­tion. But I do like Kangna Ra­naut and her films. I am not re­strict­ing my­self as an ac­tor, I am open to do­ing any­thing that ex­cites me — be it an ac­tion, a his­tor­i­cal film or even an arty type of film.”

I have a pro­fes­sional dance back­ground and have danced for the likes of Guns n’ Roses and Kanye West

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