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    I don't want to be typecast: Navneet

    Monday, March 14, 2005
    Navneet Kaur. It is a name as Punjabi as they come.

    But she is an up and coming Telugu heroine. And with a bit of luck, she can really make it to the top.

    Her performances in films like Shatruvu and Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi have gone down well.

    Now she is acting Jagapathi. She hopes the film will provide her the much-needed break to make the big leap.

    A short talk with the beautiful and confident actress.

    You are just 17. But already you are three films old. Don't you think things are happening too fast?

    This is indeed a fast, fast world. Age is never a deterrent for achievement. In fact, in this ever-changing world, age, be it young or old, is just a number. It is never a criterion or a limiting factor to do things you want to in life.

    How did you get into films?

    I have been doing films ever since my childhood. Acting in front of the camera is second nature to me. I guess my confidence comes from the number of years that I have been working as a child artiste. I did music videos too.

    Are you doing Telugu movies only?

    No, no, I have done Kannada and Hindi ones too. My Hindi film Chetna is about to hit the screen and I am thankful to Champak Jain for giving me a break in Bollywood. Language, like age, is not a limiting factor.

    Tell us something about your film Jagapathi

    It is a mass-oriented commercial entertainer. Though my Shatruvu was also one, in this film my role is totally different. My looks are totally different in the film. I am not saying that it is an out of ordinary character. All I am saying it is interesting and engrossing.

    What kind of roles do you want to do?

    All kinds of, actually. I don't want to be trapped into an image. Not an all-out glamour star as well as not too traditional domesticated characters. I want my roles to be varied and interesting.

    Where do you draw the line in glamour roles?

    I am not against wearing trendy outfits if that is the need of the character and the script. However, I will have a problem if my role is limited in the film. I don't mind doing item number. But it is something I want to experiment with when I am more established as an actress.

    How is it working with Jagapathi Babu?

    He is nice and puts you at ease all the time. He is a thorough professional who knows where he stands It is very important for a newcomer to get that feeling of reassurance, which he gave me. It was a very comfortable working relationship with him.

    What are your plans for the future?

    My biggest test is in choosing the right kind of set-ups and roles and the directors. I want to work with the likes of Krishna Vamsi and Teja.

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