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Reel fame

Yana Gupta's looks and elite manners belie her `item girl image'. The sought-after model on her ramp and reel life


THE BEACHES of Goa beckoned her for a break and the Czech-born model Yana Gupta never went back to her country. That was how three years ago she got into the Indian glamour grind. With her far from firangi face, it is impossible to miss those large and eloquent eyes, almost overnight Yana became a ramp rage.

The Lakme brand ambassador was in Chennai recently for the Sunsilk promotional tour. She seemed to be unaffected by the uninhibited stares of the people around and the continuous flashing of cameras. Model material she is, but her porcelain looks and elite manners belie her `item girl image'. Post-"Dum" (Ram Gopal Verma's flick) Yana has literally been on her toes with that adrenaline-pumping number becoming a `must song' for most stage shows. "It just happened. Ganesh Hegde (dance choreographer) saw me at one of my ad shoots and decided to make me dance," she exclaims. She is already gearing up for another dance sequence in Vijay Mallya's debut venture in Bollywood.

The `sexy' tag that gets attached while doing the bump and grind routine doesn't seem to ruffle her. For, she prefers such cameos to the catwalk. "There's hardly much you can do on the ramp than smile and strike a pose. But in a song sequence there's much more scope to emote," she quips. Yana is also open to acting offers though she's not really in a hurry to make them happen. "One step at a time for me."

Despite her modelling stint in the West, she gels well in the Indian milieu. "The ad world here is getting more organised, imaginative and technically sound. Above all, it's the warmth at the work place that has made me stay on. Even when I travel abroad I long to be back in India." Reason enough for, besides material success she has found marital bliss here.

She fondly recollects the day artist Satya Gupta captured her on canvas, or rather for life. "Fame, fashion and family life happened simultaneously. Satya has been the lucky man for me. We are supportive of each other's interests. A case of so far yet so near," smiles Yana.

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