With just about a week to go for 'Commando' to release, actress Pooja Chopra should be a bundle of nerves, but insists she's not. in.com caught up with the beauty queen-turned-actress for a freewheeling chat about her film and her love life. Excerpts:
Commando releases next week. Are you nervous?
There's no tension, only a lack of patience. I have a lot of faith in this film and waiting for it to release has me bouncing off the walls.
Why choose an action film like Commando to make your debut?
I'd rather term Commando as a true blue masala film. There's lots of action, but there's also drama, great music and a beautiful love story. The movie's plot revolves around a tiff between the heroine and the villain and the commando, that is Vidyut, steps in to protect her. Simrit, who is the character I play, is a spunky girl and I had a lot of fun with the role. As a debutante, I could not have asked for more as there were so many emotions to portray. Thankfully, I have more to do that most heroines these days who barely have any dialogues and only pop up in songs.
But what about the action scenes? They must have been tough.
Well, of course they were. I have a weak ankle and keeping up with Vidyut while we ran through jungles was really tough! It was also challenging to dive from a height of 45 feet into water, seeing that I don't know how to swim. People placed bets that I wouldn't be able to do it but lots of the crew lost money that day (laughs). I just closed my eyes and went for it. Was I scared? Petrified doesn't even begin to describe it, but I went for it and I'm glad I did.
What was your working relationship with Vidyut like?
I've known Vidyut since my modelling days and we've worked together for fashion shows. We aren't the best of friends but he's a comfortable co-star. I respect him immensely. We're both outsiders, trying to make it big in this industry and he's really come a long way.
Who's the beauty queen-turned-actress you admire most?
Priyanka Chopra. She also came from a non-filmy background, won the crown and then proved herself with films like Fashion and Barfi!. She's now singing too! I love her guts, her style quotient and the way she carries herself. There's a fire in her that I admire.
Tell us something about Pooja Chopra that only a few friends know
I love dogs and used to feed them chapatis from my tiffin all the time when I growing up. People used to joke that I would join Maneka Gandhi one day. Unfortunately, I don't have a dog because my mum thinks that I should learn to properly take care of myself first before I get a pet!
Are you seeing someone now?
I'm single and I think there's little possibility that I will be in a relationship in the near future. Right now, I'm in a happy space that includes work, family and friends. I've seen my pals who are in relationships be sad because of the fights and drama that come with it. I'd rather be as I am now.
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