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Biding for glory

Photo: R.V. Moorthy.

Pakistani actress Meera in New Delhi.

PAKISTAN IS the flavour of the season, peace is in the air and Meera is the latest moniker for it.

In the Capital for Bride and Groom fashion show, the young lady, new to the ways of Indian Page 3 media - dependent on press releases to determine a celebrity - has to be blatant enough to bellow she is the Queen of Lollywood. With some 50 films under her belt and her last film Salakhain a major hit, Meera is now focussed on Bollywood. She is going to be the new girl of Mahesh Bhatt camp.

"When Maheshji came to Karachi for Kara Film Festival he saw my film Inteha. Impressed, he offered me to work with him." Directed by Soni Razdan and scripted by Mahesh himself, Nazar is the film and Ashmit Patel is her co-star. Meera doesn't want to disclose the subject beyond that she is playing the character of a singer and dancer but if Mahesh Bhatt's previous interviews are to be believed it is the love story of a Hindu courtesan in love with a Muslim officer in pre-partition days.

Getting her lines right, Meera doesn't mind starting with Mahesh, off late using body language for box office glory and offering a new face every season. "I loved Jism and liked Murder. If the character requires some bold portrayal, I don't mind. I trust him. As for changing face, I have signed two more films with him. Nazar is fifty per cent complete and is scheduled for a Diwali release." That's not all. She is doing a romantic comedy with Lucky Ali called Kasak and talks are on for a role in a Subhash Ghai movie.

But doesn't the abysmal past cluttered with Salma Agha, Zeba Bakhtiar and Somy Ali deter her? Meera comes up with a queer reply. "They didn't have a Pakistani passport. All of them were based in London when they were approached. Since Partition I am the first girl with Pakistan passport who is working in Bollywood."

And with this her peace missive takes over. That she is here for harmony. That Indians are so sweet. That she hates Gadar kind of cinema. That she doesn't mind if Bollywood and Lollywood are merged. That she is ready to face backlash back home.

However, as she takes ramp with Miss India Tanushree Dutta for Jashn-e-Aman, focus failed to shift beyond LOC. Unscathed, she maintains, "She is a model, I am an actress." Who says political correctness is just skin deep?

ANUJ KUMAR

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