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Third take

Tanuja's daughter. Kajol's sister. Tanisha is on her way to stardom.


SHE WELCOMES you with a smile as she puts down the book she is reading. She is as gregarious as her famous sister, and is only doing her second film. But Tanisha, grand-daughter of Shobhana Samarth, daughter of Tanuja and sister of Kajol, has a mind of her own. After a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications from Australia, films beckoned this young woman. Acting runs in her blood but she took her time to come under the arc lights. Tanisha has recovered from the accident she suffered while shooting for Sssh and is chirpy enough to spend time in the well-equipped outdoor van while shooting for Mani Shankar's Tango Charlie.

Tanisha faces a kind of amnesia while talking about her frightening accident where she suffered a head injury. Thankfully she's recovered now. "I don't remember. I lost memory for two days. It was a like a dream - I woke up in spurts in the hospital in Delhi and only later I realised the magnitude of the injury. It was a long and slow process of recovery where I slept for four weeks," she says reliving the nightmare.

What is her first film all about? "Sssh is a thriller, a young fun film, an enjoyable one. I play Mehak who loses her sister (as she is brutally murdered) and is dealing with the loss. Her friends come to her help." What role does Dino Morea play? "He is one of the friends." This film, directed by Pawan Kaul, is shot in Manali, Shimla and Bangkok. "The director's narration of my role in Tango Charlie was interesting and I signed it because the role is very different from my role in Sssh. I play a lively young character," and that is all she reveals.

She praises her director: "Mani Shankar is very focused. When a director writes the characters, there is a difference." She is paired with Bobby Deol. "Bobby is like family. And I am not uncomfortable with him," she says.

"One had the itch to act. If I had not taken the step now I would have regretted later." Her mother is her strength, while she looks up to Kajol.

"She's amazing. She is a super mom though she will find this funny. She is half my mom too," says a smiling Tanisha. She finds her niece Nysa adorable but can't get much time to spend with her. Ajay treats her like his younger sister and she is happy for him winning a National Award. Acting runs in the family and Tanisha is a movie buff. "Earlier I used to go theatres, now I have to wait for DVD's as there is no time," she sighs. She is glued to cartoon network like a child. "I love Tenali Raman. It's similar to Akbar and Birbal."

An avid Mills and Boon reader she admits that she and Kad's (Kajol) are hopeless romantics. "We keep the company afloat considering the number we read," she giggles. Her other reading interests include vampire novels and John Grisham.

Sipping her coffee she signs off by answering a question on how she treats life:

"Live every minute of every day as it is too short. Ever since my accident I have focused myself on my career. I have got to balance my life and family (though she does not want to get married for a few years). I want to enjoy being myself now" she winds off.

R.R.

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