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With her dream girl looks she could just light up the screen.
Esha Deol daughter superstars Hema and Dharmendra, is all set
make her debut with KMDSP a thriller that should the audience
on the edge of their seats. In fact Esha was looking forward
to the release of the film in December last year. ĎAt least
I could have been nominated for the Best Debut award. Now Iíll
have to wait for the whole year for the awards to be announced,Ē
she cribs. But Esha is happy that she is finally doing what
has made her family a proud-act!
How was it shooting for your debut film Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche
Wonderful! It was an enriching experience and for a newcomer
I really learnt a lot!
What is your role in the film?
play Esha a girl with a traumatic past! She behaves in an unusual
manner unlike the girls her age. What her past is one gets to
know only towards the climax. Thereís a twist. Now donít ask
me what it is all about. You must see the film if you want to
know (laughs). The audience may feel why is this girl behaving
like this? They will sympathise with the character only after
the interval when the truth is revealed.
You come from a family that has been in films for over two
decades. Your brothers Sunny and Bobby are name to reckon with.
So did the mantle of expectations weigh heavily on your shoulders?
I have never thought about the family that I come from when
I decided to take up acting as a career. It was just another
girl making a career decision. But now since you mentioned it
I need to seriously think about it (laughs).
You mustíve been on the sets with your mother Hemaji. Were
things in anyway different from what you had seen then?
Not really! I knew more or less how the film industry functions.
I knew these things I would have to be well versed with while
some things I could afford to ignore.
Was it tough to convince your parents to allow you to act?
Yes! My mom warned me about the hardships one would have to
go through to gain a foothold in the industry. I was more than
prepared for it. I told mom this is what I wanted to do. I told
her that it was her job to convince dad to allow me to act (laughs).
It was a bit difficult but he finally relented.
People usually are under the impression that the industry
is one glamorous place to be in but isnít. Do you agree?
Yeah! It is one place where you have to work hard. You have
to put on heavy make-up and shoot studios that are without air-condition!
The shot takes hours to get ready. You have to rehearse. And
till you donít get it right you have to give takes over and
over again. Now I know what my mother meant when she said that
I knew what I was getting into. Iím here for good!
Did you take any formal training in acting?
Yes I did! I joined Kishore Namitís classes for acting. I learnt
my Hindi diction that Iím very bad at from Veena Mehta. Since
I had learnt Odissi Nritya in childhood I didnít have to take
any dancing classes. And whether it be Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi
once you are well versed with any of them you become an expert
in dance rhythms and taals. I love to dance!
Didnít Dharmendraji want to launch you it under his banner?
Boney Kapoor and Sri aunty had asked mom if they could launch
me in their film. And mom willingly agreed. The subject of the
film was good. It centred around me! And what more could a newcomer
ask for. My face has been splashed in all the hoardings of the
city. Sometimes I feel I donít deserve this. Iím happy go lucky
to have had this kind of debut. You know Sri auntyís daughter
Jhanvi refers to me as her elder sister. She has immense affection
for me. I couldnít have asked for a better film seriously!
How was it working with Jayaji?
I remember the first time I met her. We had to do a photoshoot
for the film. I had to place my arms around her. And I was shivering
like a leaf. ďWhatís wrong?Ē she asked me. I told her about
my nervousness and she bursts out laughing telling me to take
it easy. From then on she always took care of me on the sets.
Sheíd feed me with chocolates because she knew I love them.
Even during outdoor locations; I feel homesick very easily;
but with her around I felt less homesick. It is my fortune that
I got to work with a senior artiste like her.
Which foreign locations have you shot the film in?
We went to New Zealand! Itís a very beautiful place. The only
thing I wanted to do was shop, shop and shop. I remember there
was scene where Aftabís trousers werenít fitting him well. He
had to go to buy a new one for the shoot. I asked the unit members
if I could also go with him. When I returned they were surprised
to see six-seven bags of clothes and chocolates. How I enjoyed
shopping that time.
How serious are you about your make-up and dress sense?
Very serious! I really think about the clothes that I need to create the get up I should have for a particular film. Rocky S my designer helps me with it. His choice and my taste often match so I trust him completely where my clothes in the film are concerned. Few know but I have also learnt the art of make-up and how to style your hair. I often cut my hair myself. I have been interested in it since childhood. Even during my school I was heavily into painting and arts and crafts.
I think two actresses to have made impact in 2000 are you and Kareena. I believe both of you are great friendsÖ
Yes! And we talk about those things that usually girls our age talk about. She has already passed the phase where sheíd have to bite her nails before the release of her film. Iím going through that right now (laughs).
Na Tum Jano Na Hum with Hrithik Roshan and there other two films with Tusshar.