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Dancing diva

A tête-à-tête with the Iranian diva on her ramp, music video to film journey.


AN IRANIAN who grew up in Norway, moved on to Australia, for studies and modelling, and now in India, thanks to her agency, she is the most sought after face in the glamourdom today in the country. Her barely one year old portfolio here reads walking the ramp for top labels to doing music videos— Chadti jawani, Rama Rama to the recent Chod do aanchal and films— from a song appearance in Rudraksh (Ishq khudai) to playing Sheena, a woman of 2004 in Raj Kaushal's Shaadi ka laddoo. And she is Negar Khan, truly a reflection of her role— holding masters in International Business with an added knowledge of eight world languages, Hindi being the ninth "ek aur language. Khud se sikha hai cheh mahinon mein (It was like learning one more language for me. I have learnt Hindi by myself in six months)," she says. But unlike the role, "I wont get lost with choices that Sheena makes. People make mistakes when they lose their touch with the ground," she says during her promotion for the feel good popcorn flick.

But what makes her enthused apart from her role in the film is the song Chal hatt that incidentally is been aired in its animation avatar on Nickelodeon. "I have little children approaching me to sing the song. I feel good about the animation concept since I have been a fan of Roger Rabbit myself when I was a child. " she says.

With rowing, hockey and ballet through her formative years, dancing comes naturally to her. "I didn't have to practise dancing. You have to have the rhythm in you," she says. And she thoroughly liked working for her debut music video Chadti jawani. "We had five models in the music video and being able to catch the attention of audience was an achievement for me," she recollects now as she has a flood of offers, music videos, films and item numbers. "See they are three different things. I would keep doing music videos since dancing is my passion along with my films and song appearances," she says, currently working on a few flicks. At the end of the day, I am not what I am because I am lucky, but because of my ability to make contemplated choices followed by hard work," she reflects. A level headedness that will definitely silence the grapevine that sniggers `import'.

SYEDA FARIDA

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