September 17, 2008

My Sensibilities Have Changed


Nauheed Cyrusi is a big fan of Bollywood. A die-hard Mumbaikar, Nauheed feels Mumbai is so strongly "influenced by Bollywood that it is almost synonymous with it."

For someone who had set out to fly high as an airhostess at one point of time, getting into films was a happy accident. One that she's quite enjoying, by her own admission. Her four year stint in Bollywood might not be extremely eventful as yet, but Nauheed seems to be taking all that in her stride.

"I am lucky when it comes to songs, but not films. It's really strange. I've done so many films, but people still remember me as the Piya Basanti girl. This music video was my ticket to Bollywood. It gave me everything I have today. But ideally I want to be remembered for different reasons and not simply as a girl who did many films but didn't have a single hit to her credit!" confesses Nauheed. For the record, she's played lead roles in Padam Kumar's Supari, Vikram Bhatt's Inteha and Life Mein Kabhi Kabhi, Ahmed Khan's Lakeer and Manish Jha's Anwar. Now, she's geared up for her Anant Mahadevan's Agar and B H Tharunkumar's Rafoo Chakkar.

Working in the film industry now is rather nice, feels Nauheed. "Bollywood is now much more than the song-and-dance routine. That means there are many new opportunities for us all," says Nauheed. Opportunities also bring in competition. How does Nauheed deal with that? "Competition is always good. I am aware that every day a 100- odd people enter the industry. I will keep doing what I am best at. I believe in God and the rest will follow," says Nauheed.

She elaborates, "The time when you would be typecast in a certain image is gone. My sensibilities have changed. I will choose projects carefully and do something where I can add to the character I am playing."

Blessed with a petit frame, Nauheed doesn't believe in sweating it out at the gym. "All through my childhood I was into swimming and cycling. I like the outdoors and that is the way I stay fit," reveals Nauheed.

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