A promise of many films...
With "Vaada" releasing this Friday, RANA SIDDIQUI finds Amisha Patel relaxed and excited as she makes a comeback to the silver screen with a pack of films after a year-long hiatus.
Love all over again...Amisha Patel in New Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium.
IF WE haven't seen any of Amisha Patel's new films lately, it was because many of her films scheduled for last year could not be released.
"Now all of these would be released this year," she assures. Visibly happy that she will "make up for last year's virtual absence" from the silver screen, Amisha would be seen this Friday in Vashu Bhagnani's Vaada. And, that is only the beginning, to be followed by Elaan, The Rising, Humko Tumse Pyar Hai, Tathastu and more, though not in this order. Her characters in all these films are as varied.
In Vaada, one would see her as an emotional wreck, oscillating between two men, in Elaan, she plays a journalist, The Rising presents her as a widow, Humko... is a romance with elements of comedy and Tathastu is a serious presentation. Goes without saying that this Kaho Na Pyar Hai girl is keeping her fingers crossed. "I was very upset last year for things did not happen as I desired them to be. But Adnan Sami's album (Teri Kasam) proved to be a saviour in the sense the arrival of the album during the last month of the year helped me not to be completely washed off from people's mind, especially when films like Mughal-e-Azam and Veer Zaara were stealing the show," admits Amisha. In New Delhi to promote her film Vaada, she defines it as a film in which she and her co-actors Zayad Khan and Arjun Rampal "play a cat-and-mouse game of emotions".
"To some extent, it is like Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahini but this one is a little more intense wherein my character is actually caught between two men she is fond of and she has to choose one depending upon who is stronger and proves to be her support system at the hour of crises," says Amisha.
In Elaan, she is investing much hope. "This film will reveal my stronger side. I haven't played an assertive role in any film so far. I play a journalist in this film who bullies, runs, finds herself amid controversies and also has an emotional side to her. She tries to seek a balance between two completely different faces of her life. But a time comes when she has to choose between her profession and emotions. And she chooses the right path by preferring the emotional side," reveals Amisha.
Her "complete dream" film The Rising is one where she believes she is going to break many hearts.
"When Aamir Khan offered me this film, he warned me, `look, with this role, you will break many hearts by not being shown as a glamour girl,' and I loved the challenge. I am playing a completely deglamourised woman, a widow clad in a white sari, and the film is all about great concentration on each scene as it brings back the period of 1857 through the portrayal of different characters. The language, the gestures, the ambience and many such things were to be taken care of while giving the shots. I found it the most challenging film of my career," recalls Amisha.
That her personal life is in tatters is a known fact now. She tries to hide it, naturally, but her weary eyes, loss of weight and getting bugged at the slightest provocation, for instance, cross questioning about a film etc, exposes her inner self. "Now my only support system is God, same as when I entered the film industry without a godfather amid lots of star children springing up from all sides. It was a difficult phase, as a dark horse like me proving her ability without a support was also not taken in good spirit by many who couldn't make their mark," she lets it out and seems a little relaxed.
And what now?
"I am keeping my fingers crossed," she smiles.
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