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DEBUT FILM Jiah Khan has a dream debut lined up

DEBUT FILM Jiah Khan has a dream debut lined up  

Meet Jiah Khan who makes a dream debut opposite the Big B in Ram Gopal Varma's `Nishabd'

Sharing the screen with Big B can be very intimidating. "Oh my god. I was shaky. We sat chatting up for two hours to know more about each other before the first shot. I decided to relate to him as the character Vijay. He taught me a great deal about acting," says the 19-year-old Jiah Khan who makes a dream debut in Ram Gopal Varma's next. "I am waiting for Nishabd to release," she adds on the yet another `old man falling in love with a young woman' story shot in Munnar.

The making

"It was an amazing experience. I play a rebel without a cause. The way I dress is unconventional for Bollywood. My role, I wouldn't say is of a bubbly girl but more cheerful," she adds.Born in London, Jiah has acted in development films since the age of seven. And here she was slated to star in a Mahesh Bhatt flick a few years ago. "That was when I was 16," explains the actress. Meanwhile, she went on to do an acting course in New York and decided to work on her Urdu. "My mother is from Lucknow," she explains. A trained salsa and lambada dancer, Jiah is also a crooner. "I have recorded a song for Nishabd. You see, I am an all round entertainer," she chuckles. "The is a lot of glamour and colour in Indian films. They help to take you away from problems. Though I have lived in the West, I have grown up watching Bollywood films," she adds.

At home

Currently at home in India, "people are very friendly here. It is so heartening to see people smiling away through adversity with a playing to win attitude," says Jiah.SYEDA FARIDA

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