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    Steamy scenes are no more embarrassing: Meghna

    [Interview by Viral Bhayani]
    Tuesday, June 29, 2004
    She started with the music video "Kaliyon Ka Chaman" and moved on to send pulses racing in the film "Hawas". Now she is starring in "Husn" and "Classic - Dance of Love".

    "For my first scene with Shawar Ali in ''Hawas'', I felt embarrassed as there were 30 unit members around. But that was it," Meghna, who started out as a tennis player, told IANS in an interview.

    Tell us about "Classic - Dance of Love".

    Mithun Chakraborty plays a spiritual guru who has a huge fan following. The film is about the guru's rivalry with a girl who challenges his principles. It's about how people don't practice what they preach. I play a bar dancer and a sex worker who takes the challenge from the guru to leave the trade and join his ashram.

    Have you visited any dance bars or tried to know any sex workers?

    No, the only movie I have seen (on such a theme) is "Chandni Bar", but otherwise I have not really tried to visit any bars to learn about their body language and nuances.

    Does it bother you when you get characters like that of a sex worker?

    Absolutely not. On the contrary, I enjoy playing such characters and would love to play more such characters. Today a commercial heroine, after doing 30-40 films, decides to play a sex worker with so much homework. I'm new and have already managed to play my character well. I am sure when the typical commercial roles come my way, it would be far more easy for me.

    What is the most challenging part of your character in the movie?

    I guess it has to be Mithun Chakraborty as he is such a senior actor. I have grown up watching his films and my working with him is just hard to believe. He is a brilliant actor and when I see he has no difficultly in memorizing his dialogues, it really amazes me. He has no retakes and once he looks at his dialogues, he does not even need his script. Interestingly, he does his hair just the way he did some 20 years back!

    But other than Mithun, I'm worried about the emotional scenes and the heavy duty dialogues that are part of my character.

    Are you ever embarrassed doing sexy scenes?

    For my first scene with Shawar Ali in "Hawas", I felt embarrassed, as there were 30 unit members around. But that was it. Now I'm very comfortable and have no inhibitions in doing bold scenes.

    Does the sexy image bother you?

    I don't mind being called sexy because I am sexy in real life. I wear bikinis, short skirts and party hard - that's why I'm able to carry off such roles.

    You got a lot of negative publicity after "Hawas".

    In fact, I was expecting the entire industry to make a fuss about the character I played, but it was positive. I got many offers and surprisingly they were not on the lines of "Hawas". They want me to play the character of a daughter-in-law. Karan Razdan (the director of "Hawas") had narrated the script in totality, so I knew how many kisses I had, or scenes of intimacy. Nothing was thrust on me unexpectedly. I have no regrets about doing the film.

    Actresses expose even in Karan Johar's films. They have so much cleavage in such big banner films and no one complains about that, but when newcomers come in a bikini, then the entire world is shocked and surprised.

    People came to watch "Hawas" in the theatres because they liked the title but when "Husn" releases ... they will come to watch me! I play a model who wears the shortest of clothes in this film and yet there is no exposure. You will see me in a very different manner. In "Husn", I transform from a middle-class woman married to Gulshan Grover to a hi-society girl who creates havoc in Meera Vasudevan and Shahwar Ali's married life so that I can get her hands on him.

    Describe your man.

    A person who gives me a lot of space in my life, a person who respects my work and respects me in total. I'm single right now. From the film industry, I find Salman Khan the sexiest, he has the charm which no other star has.

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