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Going global Celina Jaitley
Going global Celina Jaitley

After her glamour act, good acting is what Celina Jaitley wants to be known for

There’s more to me than the bimbette image I’m saddled with

Celina Jaitley has a proud-as-a-peacock aura about her these days. Suddenly, she is grabbing eyeballs everywhere. Flush from the super success of Golmaal Returns and the red carpet premiere of her first international film Love Has No Language, the dare-to-bare actor is happily giving sound bytes to the media hordes in pursuit of her.

“I am so happy that I could be a part Golmaal Returns. I pulled off the deglamourised character of the South Indian Mira Nair well. Golmaal rocks. Even though there were apprehensions that I may not get noticed amid the star parade constituting Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Amrita Arora and Tusshar Kapoor besides Shreyas Talpade and Anjana Sukhani, I managed to leave an indelible impression on cine-goers,” Celina gloats.

With Golmaal being a mega brand and talk of Rohit Shetty making another Golmaal movie, Celina says her “ardent hope is that I remain an integral part of Golmaal 3 again. I bonded so well with Tusshar and Shreyas. The two of them are friends, not just co-actors for me,” she concedes.

“Tusshar and I are acting together again for another Ashtvinayak production. Shreyas and his wife were there for me at the Lakme Fashion Week where I was the show-stopper for a show. Touch wood, the three of us have become great pals. We had a blast on the Golmaal sets,” Celina enthuses.

And, yes, after playing Mira Nair, she dreams of getting a call from her character’s namesake, acclaimed director Mira Nair. “My character had nothing to do with the real Mira Nair. It was just a name picked up at random for the South Indian girl’s character. I do hope the character proves lucky enough for me to get Mira Nair’s attention and a role in one of her movies,” she says.

Celina was recently seen preening at the Auckland, New Zealand, premiere of Love Has No Language flanked by Australian co-star Ben Mitchell and rugby star Monty Beetham. Says Celina, “At least 800 persons from the Asian community waited in the rain for my autographs and pictures. After the premiere, I also stood in the rain and obliged.” The pretty gal is also out to prove that there is more to her than the obvious. “I was trained for 20 days in Kiwi and Australian accents for my portrayal of a Kiwi Indian girl,” she tells. “I hope I get to do at least one international project a year and prove my mettle as an actor. There’s much more to me than the bimbette image that I’m saddled with, not that I’m complaining,” she adds.

KOMAL VIJAY SINGH

There’s more to me than the bimbette image I’m saddled with

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