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Ready for a change... Actress Gauri Karnik in New Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium.

SHE is an Economics graduate who wanted to be a diplomat. When it comes to Bollywood Gauri Karnik uses both the aspiration and the reality to a fair degree.

She understands the microeconomics of the glamour world, which offered her the sky after the surprise failure of Sur. "If an actress wishes she can understand how the script will unfold at the narration stage itself." She rejected 10 offers. "It is not I am afraid to kiss or can't look glossy but I certainly don't want to be itemised. Kiss in itself should not be the film."

What she selected is Prarambh, a one and a half hour film, where she plays a beggar, Chamki. "I was scared to be honest to be slotted as an art actress. Then I felt it would help me establishing my credibility early in the career.

To bring reality, I observed the absence of intricate manipulations in their lives, the way they walk with their babies on the back. I borrowed clothes from them so that there is no shine in the costumes." She understands the macro requirements for an actress.

As for her other qualification, notwithstanding the favourable reviews she got for her debut film she maintains, "While watching the film as the scene where Lucky Ali brings his arm around me while I was playing violin, a person sitting next to me said. Adhi film ke baad hero ne heroine ko touch kiya. So you never know.

"It is a transition phase for the film industry. I am doing all kinds of roles.

"In Stop, I am playing a radio jockey and Hum Jo Kehna Paye is again a fun film. Now I want to play a sexy girl." Bored of her subjects?

ANUJ KUMAR

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