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Updated: December 21, 2009 17:41 IST

Lady in red

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Actress Mugdha Godse at a Press Conference on December 20/12/2009. Photo:V Sreenivasa Murthy
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Actress Mugdha Godse at a Press Conference on December 20/12/2009. Photo:V Sreenivasa Murthy

Mugdha Godse is in a happy place right now. She was a model for nearly five years before making her debut in Madhur Bhandarkar's "Fashion" that catapulted her to stardom.

From playing a starry-eyed model in “Fashion” to a tough woman whose life is thrown asunder when her fiancé is arrested and sentenced to a life term in prison in “Jail”, model-turned-actor Mugdha Godse has won a great deal of acclaim in the two years that she has been part of Bollywood.

She was a model for nearly five years before making her debut in Madhur Bhandarkar's “Fashion” that catapulted her to stardom. Though “Jail” flopped, she garnered critical acclaim in the film where she starred alongside Neil Nithin Mukesh. “I owe a great deal to Madhur and ‘Fashion'. He is a great director and provided me a brilliant platform.”

In the city for the Seagram's Blenders Pride Magical Night tour, Mugdha says: “I love modelling and enjoy acting as well. Acting requires a completely different skill set and perspective. Initially, I faced some teething issues, but have enjoyed the journey since. I cannot pick any clear favourites now.”

Talking of the nitty-gritty of acting the leggy lady says: “I always make an effort to understand the character better and do include some elements of my personality into my characters as well. I feel it helps make the character more realistic and relatable. I like experimenting with different genres of films. Doing a variety of roles helps you learn and grow as an actor a great deal.”

She is thrilled that the newer filmmakers are changing the contours of the industry and making movies that boast of a good script and different storylines. “I feel that for an actor to establish themselves or showcase their talents, a good script and character is needed. You could give a great performance, but if the script is not impressive, your efforts will be wasted.”

For newbies making a beeline to the film industry, she says, “It has become easier to gain a foothold in the industry. However, making it big requires a combination of loads of hard work and a fair bit of luck as well.”

Presently Mugdha is spending time reading through numerous scripts. “I have to finish shooting an untitled horror movie that will be released in March 2010.”

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