Bidding for the best
Model-cum-telly star Priti Amin proves that she is much more than just a glam girl
SHE COULD pass off as Hema Malini's daughter the physical resemblance is so striking. This model-cum-television star-cum-film aspirant is a far cry from the archetypal glam gals. For one, she is articulate, not figuratively, and can speak her mind in no indefinite terms. She is Priti Amin for you, a girl with beauty and brains.
Just back from a hectic two-month schedule at the Zee's India's Best where she made it to the penultimate round no mean achievement this, Priti is agog with the what's what and who's who of the mega Hindi film industry. "Unlike other contestants at the India's Best show that is being televised every weekend, I did not end up in tears when I was out in the last round. I gave my best in terms of emoting and dancing. The judges and viewers acknowledged my talent but then, it is like the musical chairs. The fact that I have competed and got ahead in the innumerable elimination rounds was in itself a feat worth trying. I did it and I'm happy about that," says Priti simply.
She likes to see the positive aspect of the whole show it gave all contestants including herself a standardised training, a slice of Mumbai behind the camera life and the best of contacts very important in the entertainment industry. "Now it is for me to make use of the opportunities presented to me, prove myself and attain what I've been aspiring for," she oozes confidence.
Not that she is an entrant in the field, if not movies, in television soaps, Priti has more than proved her pluck. Her fairy-like figure belies the mettle within. She comes out as an actress of consequence whatever be the character she is doing. Her daily soaps aired on the Telugu prime channels have already catapulted her to fame Chakravakam, Aloukika, Nanna to name a few running serials.
The penchant to take up acting as a career was a bold decision in the face of opposition from her family. After graduation, Priti preferred a diploma in acting along with classical dance (Kathak) from the University of Hyderabad to her chartered accountancy. Modelling happened as a matter of fact. "I am not the ramp sort of model, only the ad model, and I didn't want to end up as just that."
Her first stint with the theatre happened with Katka Gora by Nishumbita ballet and theatre group. Her role made people sit up and watch for here was a talent unknown and untapped. Very soon, she got "good offers from television and not-so-good offers from films," she says frankly.
"From day one, I was pretty sure I will do roles where I am noticed and remembered not just for looks but for something more meaningful. I decided to accept the television serials where I could really perform and wait patiently for sensible, significant roles if it comes to movies." This is called a mind of one's own and an intellect to boot. "I can't be a hypocrite to say money doesn't matter, it does but then money is not an end in itself. Name and fame also have to go along with it. If people judge me as having the potential, it is my most authentic testimonial." Such level-headedness compliments her visible assets and these are sure to take her places.
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