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Teen sensation

A tete-a-tete with Kamna, the new face on Bombay Viking's `Chod do aanchal'


BOMBAY `NEERAJ' Vikings' songs as well as videos have this hint of melancholy— they take you back into the glorious Bollywood era, much beyond the 70s. Remember Kya surat hai, Hawa me udati jaye and Woh chali? Well, if his earlier number Tera mera pyar, a duet with Falguni Pathak featured Anusha doing a ballet as the new age effect to go with the remix, his latest Chod do aanchal introduces Kamna who brings alive Nutan for the Generationext.

More about this new face on the tube, Kamna is a Mumbaiite doing a course in textile designing from SNDT with plans of opening a boutique in the long run. The album then, "just happened. I wasn't prepared for it. I had given my portfolio and they called me over for the song," says Kamna who is into modelling as well, with the Aloe vera gel recent commercial to her credit.

And it took a great deal of preparation to get into the fit, watching videos of old films and rehearsing the dance steps. "I worked on expressions and gained weight for the video," she recollects. Yes, she is an old Hindi cinema freak, she confesses, and a music buff. "Today the youth are listening to a great deal of old Hindi numbers and you hear remixes being played at discotheques these days. I feel remixes is a good idea of bringing the old music to the younger audience provided it is shown properly on the screen. Some directors are doing it cheaply and that's where trouble arises," she says.

Directed by Raaj and Shruti who have Jaa re jaa and Don to their credit, the video Chod do aanchal has "a different look, concept and costumes that are decent owing to which it has broken the monotony of the earlier bawdy albums that were being aired on music channels," says Kamna.

Post video, Kamna has had a flood of offers from the Tamil and Telugu film industries and she is contemplating. Is there a particular filmmaker she would like to work with? "I heard Suresh Babu is a good name in the Telugu film industry. I am not familiar with the actors and don't know the language though," she says.

Well, look out for one more face from Mumbai to sizzle on the regional silver screen then.

S.F.

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