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    "My role in 'Always Kabhi Kabhi' isn't like 'Love Aaj Kal'" - Giselli

    [Interview by Joginder Tuteja]
    Saturday, April 30, 2011
    Giselli Monteiro could well have forever been known as a Punjabi kudi if not for the declaration by the makers after the release of ''Love Aaj Kal'' that she in fact was a Brazilian model turned actress. So convincing was the girl in her portrayal of Harleen Kaur that it was clear suspension of disbelief when audience saw her exchanging sweet nothings with the Jat Sardar (played by Saif Ali Khan). In an exclusive conversation with Joginder Tuteja, Giselli talks about how her acting career has progressed further with the Shahrukh Khan production ''Always Kabhi Kabhi'' falling in her lap.

    Giselli, you are playing an NRI in 'Always Kabhi Kabhi'. Looks like once again not many are complaining or questioning about you playing this part despite being a Brazilian.

    And one again, it is a very comfortable role for me (smiles). Though I was quiet in 'Love Aaj Kal', I speak a mix of Hindi and English in 'Always Kabhi Kabhi'. In any case this is the spoken language of most Indian teenagers studying in colleges.

    Isn't the language and setting turning out to be problematic for you, what with both films projecting you as an Indian?

    Somehow I have turned lucky in Bollywood that despite the language being alien to me, the roles are such that I can get away with this handicap (smiles)

    'Always Kabhi Kabhi' is a fun campus entertainer. Is this the kind of film that you were looking forward to immediately after 'Love Aaj Kal'?

    Was the pressure much more this time around? After all in 'Love Aaj Kal' it Yes, kind of. Honestly, in case of 'Love Aaj Kal' I had just turned lucky. I wasn't even sure what I wanted then as actress and what was I doing in the film. My role in 'Always Kabhi Kabhi' is nothing like that but then yet again it is not at all tiring. I was comfortable and chilling out.

    Was the pressure much more this time around? After all in 'Love Aaj Kal' it was Deepika Padukone who was the leading lady in the true sense and hence everything that audience saw of you was an added bonus. Now in 'Always Kabhi Kabhi', you are a senio

    Well, I don't really understand the definition of main lead, second lead, central lead, parallel lead etc. I guess I am yet to get used to this Bollywood terminology (laughs). All I know is that there are two parallel stories running in 'Always Kabhi Kabhi'. While one features Zoa, another features me and then there are our respective male partners. All four of us play friends in the film and each of us has his/her own story. It's about they all come together. In such a setup, one doesn't think much about main leads and all.

    Roshan Abbas (the film's director) tells me that you are all set to make heads turn in a big way with the film.

    (Says animatedly) Did he really say that? Then well, it is good to hear so. Yes, of course since the film has a different story and setup when compared to 'Love Aaj Kal', the outfits worn by me are different too. So yes, I would be seen in Western clothing right through the film's duration. No Indian clothes for me this time around.

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