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Not the one to give up

Esha Deol may not have had a great start to her career in Bollywood but she is not quitting. She has "Kucch To Hai" to wait for.



WAITING GAME: Esha Deol

ESHA DEOL's Kucch To Hai has hit the silver screen finally. One year has lapsed since her debut film Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche but Dream Girl's very own Dream Girl is yet to win over the cinemagoers. Some found her a bad copy of her mother. Others laughed when she cried on the screen. Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche came and went and nobody bothered to ask Esha how it felt to give a flop for an opening shot in Bollywood. The Boney Kapoor film was among the early films to hit the halls last year. It was also among the early ones to depart. All that it did for Esha was to leave her waiting for good news from Arjun Sablok's Na Tum Jaano Na Hum. The film with some fine music, good cinematography and a nice storyline flopped. Nobody knew why, much like the title of the film. The hero Hrithik Roshan lost his standing as Bollywood's most popular leading guy, the heroine was left to lick her wounds. Only to resume her wait.

Came the mid-summer madness. Came Padmalayas's Kya Dil Ne Kaha. Came another box office dud. This time cast opposite Tusshar, Esha completed a hat-trick of flops and everybody wrote off Hema Malini's child as lacking in acting ability, screen presence. Failure, she realised, is always an orphan, even if you have enviable lineage on your side. However, last year is all but forgotten. If it gave her three flops in a row, it also gave her a silver lining -- her films may have fared miserably but she still had films in her kitty -- much like the helpless Abhishek Bachchan. And now in 2003, Esha Deol is ready and willing. Not exactly making a comeback but she is desperate for a hit. And what better way to redeem yourself than score at the box office? Incidentally, if Kucch To Hai hits the bull's eye, all will be forgiven, forgotten. And maybe when talking of the Deol girl, the cinemagoers will say, "Kucch To Hai".

ZIYA US SALAM

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