Newcomer Vishakha on “Hum Sey Hai Jahaan”

She was auditioned twice for working with Shah Rukh Khan. She failed. With better luck, she could have replaced Vidya in Chak De India! But after she failed the test in Chak De India!, Shimit Amin, the film’s director, referred her to Mashhoor Amrohi, who was looking for the leading lady for his debut film Hum Sey Hai Jahaan. “As luck would have it, I got the role,” says 24-year-old Vishakha Singh.

Born and brought up in Abu Dhabi, Vishakha is a postgraduate in advertising and public relations and had worked with Rediff as an intern. “I had a hidden desire to act,” says Vishakha, who plays the daughter of a fading superstar in Hum Sey….

Though apprehensive about the response to the film, which was released yesterday, Vishakha has enacted many scenes the way she thought best. “As Mashhoor was involved in many things at a time, he couldn’t ‘direct’ me at many places so I had to rely on my instinct.”

Vishakha wants to toe the line of Tabu and Nandita Das. “Rather than doing commercial films, I would like to do roles with substance,” she says. She has done a few parallel films where she plays the lead, minus a hero. In Sahara Motion Picture’s Coffee Shop with Girish Karnad and Lillette Dubey, releasing in July, she plays a struggling painter and in debut director Abhijeet Sengupta’s Do Aur Do Paanch, releasing by the year-end, she plays “a typical tapori”. In yet another offbeat film, Vishakha and a U.S-based newcomer Shri Malhotra play orphans who struggle to survive in a metropolitan city.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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