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For the bubblegum brigade

It is time to write about Tanishaa, not write her off, says ANUJ KUMAR.



Tanishaa... The second coming. Photo: S. Subramanium.

EVER HEARD of a weight that works against gravity as well. Meet any scion of a film family and some persistence will reveal how it works. First the family mass makes them settle in the fraternity and the moment they are there it reverses direction and pushes them to rise overnight. If the counter force of flops is there to challenge, the star offspring's short lived spring is all but over. Hrithik has faced it, Tusshar and Abhishek are facing it and the latest to join the stressed set is Tanishaa.

The youngest bud of the Samarth clan has gone through a makeover to tide over her debut failure Sssshhh. Rapped for her straight figure and straighter delivery, she is going hep with Popcorn Khao Mast Ho Jao. "I won't call it image change but yes, I have shed some weight. It has more to do with the character Tanya that I am playing. My first film was a thriller where I was not supposed to look stunning. Popcorn... is a romantic comedy where my character matures from an unfashionable studious girl to one who is in love, likes to dress up and the like."

Sounds something similar to what her sister Kajol played in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai? "To an extent, yes but Tanya is not tomboyish in that sense. She is accepted in the college and there are other undertones as well."

Tanishaa disagrees films like Popcorn... advocate a pop philosophy devoid of social responsibility to the young crowd. "The film says do your work to the best of your ability and then forget it. And I believe it is good in times when students are committing suicide because of peer and parental pressures."

Own game plan

Though her first outing in Bollywood was with a set of newcomers and this Pritish Nandy Communications production again puts her with debutants Akshay Kapoor and Rashmi Nigam under a debutant director, Kabir Sadanand, Tanishaa is adamant this is not going to make a difference. Not ready to limit herself to an image, she wants to explore different subjects. "I don't follow what others are doing in the industry. I have my own game plan. Media started comparing me with my sister and mother on the basis of just one film. Kajol took three-four years to establish an image. Give me some time I am sure I would be able to carve a place for myself in the industry." Still try to trace the impressions on her mind, and she reveals she loves sister Kajol's character in Dushman and mother Tanuja's role in Do Chor.

And her pursuit of subjects has taken her to Ooty, where she is shooting for Mani Shanker's Tango Charlie, a film with Border Security Force as the background where she has Bobby Deol for company.

Set to rise against gravity?

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