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For a lark

Chirpy and charming, Koel Purie has her future all charted out



Koel as the high fashion model in `Road to Ladakh'

KOEL PURIE wants "to be a movie star and movie stars never laugh and always wear dark glasses," she declares removing her snazzy wraparound shades and laughing in delight. "I would love to be like Audrey Hepburn. She has grace and elegance, which I completely lack."

Koel who blitzed us with her vivacious performance as the society girl Nikita in ex-boyfriend Rahul Bose's Everybody Says I Am Fine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in England. "I wanted to drop out at least twice everyday. The only reason I stuck it out (and I am glad I did) is because I was doing something I loved, acting and I was also aware how tough it was to get in."

"To get in to RADA, you had to audition among 3,000 applicants and when I was selected I felt maybe I do have something in me." Koel has "always been acting. I produced and acted in the D.D. soap Aaj Ki Nari, and anchored a travel show. But I got the confidence to act professionally only after RADA."

Koel made her feature film debut with Everybody Says I Am fine, in her third year at RADA. "We are not supposed to act professionally while at RADA but here I was sneaking off and doing a film! But I could not attend the premiere and all because I was not supposed to have done the film!" Describing the experience as fantastic, Koel says, "It was a first film for so many people and it was everyone's baby." Now Koel will be seen in Vinita Nanda's White Noise, which is set in the cutthroat world of television programming. Koel plays Gauri, a writer opposite Rahul Bose who plays Karan, an editor. "I just got a message saying White Noise had an incredible reception at the Karachi Film Festival."

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Working with Rahul was "very easy. We share a high comfort level." Apart from White Noise, Koel plays Sujata, or Su in Roger Christian's American Daylight, a thriller set in the world of call centres. Koel insists that she did not act in Ashvin Kumar's Road to Ladakh, where she plays a coke-sniffing model. "That was my ugly twin," she says firmly. Upcoming films include Nazar, directed by Soni Razdan where I play a cop. Then there is Dirty War a television film for BBC. The movie is about terrorism and I play a forensic pathologist, Sameena Habibullah, investigating a terrorist cell in Scotland Yard. There is also Reverse Psychology where I play a rebel and a brat."

Quizzed about what kind of roles she feels close to, Koel comments, "When I am playing them, I feel close to all my roles. But I feel close to characters I wish to be like. I liked Sujata's character because she was so good you know and I am so wicked! I like Desdemona's character in Othello as well - she is so strong and so passionate."

The Sagittarian, who delights in the colour red because, "it is hot and passionate," believes "love makes the world go around. So I am always in love!"

MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER

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