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'Shooting Bachna Ae... was an adventure'

By IANS
Source : COLUMNS
Last Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2008 08:43 hrs

A ride on the highest roller coaster, zooming on bikes and venturing into the sea–Bollywood actress Minissha Lamba has done it all with co-star Ranbir Kapoor while shooting for Bachna Ae Haseeno.

"We did a whole lot of things while shooting for the film including riding on the highest roller-coaster in the world. We also rode on huskies and bikes. In fact, one day Ranbir and I were asked to step into the seawater for a scene. We were dreading it, but our director insisted and so we had to do that as well," Minissha said.

The actress was in New Delhi along with director Siddharth Anand and co-stars Ranbir, Deepika Padukone and Bipasha Basu to promote Bachna Ae Haseeno, which releases on Friday.

The film traces the love life of a man from the time he is 18 years old to when he is 30, and Minissha plays Ranbir's first love interest.

Talking about her role Minissha said: "Mahi is a 17-year-old girl from Amritsar who believes in a fairytale ending. She has very simple expectations from life. She wants to fall in love and get married. I feel there is a little bit of Mahi in all of us."

Ever since the film's promos have come, Minissha is seen as a trendsetter of sorts thanks to her unconventional, trendy and youthful look in the film.

"I'm the only one who is Indianised in the film. My role is set in the year 1996 and I play a Punjabi girl. But we didn't want the look to be typically Punjabi. We wanted it to keep it funky and slightly modern.

"My character Mahi has worn patiala salwars with spaghetti tops and kurtis with capris. In fact, the patiala salwars with tops has become a rage among college students in Mumbai. I don't know about Delhi, though," Minissha quipped.

A Punjabi by origin, this is not the first time she has played a Punjabi girl.

"I played a Punjabi girl in Sanjay Gupta's Dus Kahaniyaan. But in Bachna Ae Haseeno, my role is 180 degrees from that of Mini in Dus Kahaniyaan."

"Mahi is a city-born and hip Punjabi girl. Her family is rich and she goes on a trip around the world unlike Mini who came from a strict rural background," she said.

Minissha, who wanted to become a journalist before entering Bollywood with Yahaan, played a scribe in Samar Khan's Shaurya.

"Now I want to play a war correspondent," she said.

The actress claims she always signs films with her eyes wide open.

"I always knew what I was getting into. I always wanted to play well-defined roles. Bachna Ae Haseeno is my first out-and-out romantic film and I feel it's a novel concept. I have got to play a very cute, girl-next-door character."

Asked whether Ranbir got Minissha in the end or not, she replied: "If I reveal the plot of the film, why would anyone go and watch it?"


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