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An elegant model

Model-turned-actress Lisa Ray who was in Chennai to launch `Carpe Diem', Rado's latest limited edition watch spoke about her current professional interests.


IT COMES in an elegant black casing with a funky looking coloured dial that changes every second — `Carpe Diem' is Rado's latest limited edition watch, that was launched in Chennai by model-turned-actress Lisa Ray, recently.

The watch face is designed as a miniature kinectic image that changes every second. A moving white spot and a slash form the hour and second hand — unusual but it makes telling the time a little tricky until you figure out which is which. The dial with pink, yellow, blue, green, purple and red constantly on the move is rather striking, though very different from Rado's usual sleek, sophisticated looks. And Rado's latest comes with a price tag of Rs. 65,200.

As brand ambassador for the past four years, Lisa Ray waved her wrist around for all to see the little work of art, saying she was planning to adopt "carpe diem" — which means seize the day or live the moment — as her personal motto.

Lisa, who has recently moved to London, says she plans to focus on theatre. "London is culturally and geographically better situated for theatre and the arts. There are so many different influences coming in there," she says. She's in the process of completing a course in theatre and is working on a U.K.-Canadian film, "The Arrangement". Though she's moved to London and hopes to make a splash on stage there, she still considers Mumbai home as well, she says. "I also work a lot in North America. There's a part of you in every place. It all depends on your sensibilities."

This Canadian-Indian started her modelling career in India at 16 with the Bombay Dyeing campaign. Over the years, she's been model, TV show host (remember her debut on BPL Oye), art promoter and actress in turn and has been in loads of music videos, the most memorable being Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Aafreen". Lisa says that these various roles "just happened to me and I've enjoyed every moment of the journey."

She doesn't paint but loves art, and took a year off a while ago to promote a show with a friend. "I can't draw at all but I think you can appreciate art so much better if you're removed from it. I believe that I love art so much because I don't paint."

And now she's back to giving acting her all. Although her attempt at commercial Indian cinema hasn't worked out right — including "Kasoor", in which she plays a high-profile lawyer and one miserable attempt at Tamil cinema opposite Sarathkumar in "Netaji", the more recent "Bollywood Hollywood" was a runaway success in Canada but wasn't much of a hit here in India. "That's probably because the film was aimed at an international urban audience," she reasons. But for the moment, she'll be concentrating on theatre and doesn't really plan to do mainstream Hindi films — "I like mainstream Hindi cinema but I don't think I am cut out for such films."

SHALINI UMACHANDRAN

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