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Updated: November 23, 2013 16:49 IST

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Dimple Kapadia will next be seen in Gurmmeet Singh’s second outing this year, What The Fish

Earlier this week, veteran actress Dimple Kapadia walked on to the dais in a complete unlike-her avatar — crisp sari, low bun and spectacles resting on the edge of her nose. Actually, it really wasn’t Dimple Kapadia, but Sudha Mishra from Gurmmeet Singh’s What The Fish, who unleashed herself on unsuspecting mediapersons who came in to watch the beautiful actress of films such as Bobby (1973) and Saagar (1985). Totally in character, Dimple never once let the stern look go, except when she spoke of her all-time favourite director Raj Kapoor.

The film, with the tickle-worthy name What The Fish (releasing on December 13), is director Gurmmeet Singh’s second outing this year, after the rather dismal Warning 3D. Hopefully, he stands to redeem himself with this one, just as the first trailer of the film promises. “It’s the story of a fish called Mishti actually. She is our lead actor, who also knows how to retaliate if traumatised. She knows Kung Fu,” he said, keeping in line with the tone of the film. What The Fish is the story of a stern lady (Dimple), who has to rely on her niece’s fiancé to keep her house, her fish, and her money plant while she is away. Even after strict instructions on how to handle everything, the young boy gives the house keys to a runaway couple, a miscreant real estate broker, a Haryanvi Jat cross-dressing as a Kathak dancer, and a tribal family from Mizoram.

Asked what she looks for in roles, Dimple said, “If Dimple was to answer this, it would be a nice coy ‘If the role has meat and if the director is good’ sort of an answer. But you have asked Sudha Mishra and the answer is ‘I’d sign anything that gives me a Rs. 2 crore return.” The actress has worked in several interesting films including Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Being Cyrus (2005), Pyar Mein Twist (2005), Luck By Chance (2009), Dabangg (2010) and Cocktail (2012).

Dimple got nostalgic when asked about her film Bobby and said that Raj Kapoor was a total delight to work with. “He was 50 plus when I was 16 and he could still enact the entire scene for me, complete with mannerisms and tone of voice. It was amazing. I just had to copy what he did, that simple,” she said.

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