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Amisha optimistic

With `Vaada' being released, RANA SIDDIQUI finds Amisha Patel relaxed


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.

Amisha will next be seen 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. "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".

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. ," 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," recalls Amisha.

"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.

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