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The new Gayatri mantra

Her acting may not have won her plaudits, but Gayatri Joshi is not concerned about report cards, finds ANUJ KUMAR.

Photo: Sandeep Saxena.

Gayatri Joshi... savouring moments of success.

MODEL LOOKS, model statements, Gayatri Joshi remains what she was pre-Swades. The film may not have opened to house full shows but Gayatri maintains she just wanted to be a part of the great film and that box office report card is immaterial.

"I have been getting film offers right from the beginning of my career in modelling but I kept refusing them because I didn't feel like to be a part of Bollywood. In fact, even my foray into modelling was not planned. But when Ashutosh saw me in a party and offered the role I could not say no." Gayatri postponed her entry into product designing and happily went for audition for the role of Geeta, and three auditions later she became the village teacher who stole the heart of the NASA-returned Mohan Bhargav played by Shah Rukh Khan. Gayatri has been in the modelling industry for six-seven years and has already done an advertisement with Shah Rukh for Hyundai. "Ashutosh is known for some great advertisements as well so when I got a call from his office, I thought it must be for some advertisement. I was thrilled when it turned out to be Swades."

Acting prowess

Critics may have shelved her for her limited acting prowess and her pencil-thin urbane personality not fit for the role of a village belle but Gayatri defends, "Ashutosh researched my character so extensively for each shot that I really didn't have to worry about my looks. As for not putting on weight for the character, I believe it was done to strike a balance with Shah Rukh's figure, which is quite delicate these days."

However, she admits she didn't know how to cry. "I am such a happy person, you know."

She is not bothered about her late arrival under the media lens particularly with the film's chances of being a blockbuster seeming dim now, will mar her future in the industry. "It is a dream debut for me. I was kept under wraps because media highlights you as a person and that takes the character to the background. I am open to films, which provide entertainment and have some message as well, irrespective of the genre." She doesn't want to go for a set image as she points out that even in modelling she has done commercials where she has played a mother.

Her model talk is impeccable but does she match Geeta's talent in mathematics? "Not really."

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