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    "Shreyas and me got over our nervousness for kissing" - Nikita Anand

    Saturday, September 22, 2007
    She is latest to join the unending list of beauty pageant winners who enter Bollywood. With her debut film, Dil Dosti Etc set for release soon, we caught up with Nikita Anand to know about her and her film.

    Do you think being a Miss India there are greater expectations from you?

    Expectations are always there from every actress who joins films. This trend of beauty pageant winners joining films started in 1994 when Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai joined the industry. They were followed by Lara and Priyanka and all have been successful so obviously there will be more expectations from me too. I am prepared for it.

    You had a distinction in Science, yet you studied Fashion Designing. Later you went for the Miss India pageant and now you are joining films. Where are you actually heading?

    Well, I have just done a film so obviously I am heading towards films. But I enjoy doing different things. Even during my childhood I was involved in a lot of different things like elocution, sports, singing, and drama.

    You have anchored many sports based shows on television. Why sports?

    I started with the American car-racing sports and had fun doing it. We belong to a cricket crazy nation so obviously when I got this opportunity to host cricket shows I immediately took it up. Also, I enjoy watching the game so anchoring it was more fun.

    You have learnt Spanish on your own? How did that happen?

    I have studied elocution and prose-poetry from the Trinity School of Speech and Drama. I had been to Panama for the Miss Universe pageant and my first introduction to Spanish happened there. I fell in love with this extremely sweet sounding language and therefore decided that I must learn it. A large number of world's population speaks Spanish today.

    But then why do you hate French?

    I hate French because it is written in some way and spoken in a totally different way. (Laughs)

    When you workout in the gym you end up intimidating a lot of men around you.

    (Laughs) Yes I love working out. See it is a very rare thing that women go out to the gym and work out with heavy weights. When I do that, my trainer keeps telling me that some guys from the gym are not able to do as much as what I can and that they keep telling him how much they are embarrassed working out when I am around. (Laughs)

    How did you ending up hitting it off so well on the Dil Dosti Etc sets with co-star Imaad Shah who is exactly the opposite in nature to you?

    Imaad is an extremely reserved person. I have got a lot of scenes in the film with him so I had to put in an extra effort to open him up. It is important to strike the right rapport with your co-star because ultimately the scenes then turn out to be much better on screen. So I used to make sure that whenever he was around we would laugh or chat and joke around and eventually it all has reflected in our scenes on screen.

    Why was Ishita Sharma, your other DDE co-star avoiding clicking pictures with you recently?

    Ishita is a very sweet girl. I stand 5 feet 8 inches tall. She was avoiding doing that at the film's music launch because of this big height difference between us. She admitted to me that she did it because I make her feel very short. (Laughs) We are good friends but whenever it came to having both of us standing in the same frame she would run away!

    Shreyas Talpade got very nervous during the kissing scene with you in the film DDE.

    Why just him it was me too who was got very nervous. (Laughs) Finally we just did it because we were acting and it was just for a scene. So we immediately got over our nervousness. Since it was a very small scene we wrapped it up quickly.

    You are a trained singer too so do you aspire to sing your own songs in films?

    Yes. If get a chance, I would definitely like to do it.

    You had a short affair with Dino Morea. What went wrong?

    I don't know how these rumours of me and him being together began in the first place. I came to know about such a thing after I read it somewhere. (Laughs)

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