Amita Pathak tells Jyothi Venkatesh that she would not have suited the role which Kareena Kapoor
did in Omkara.
Amita confesses that though her father Kumar Mangat is one of the
leading producers in Bollywood, she was not quite sure whether she
would be allowed to try her hand at acting since she hails from a
Punjabi family. "You would not believe it but the fact is eye brows
would be raised even if I wear a short skirt in Punjab but now that I
have got into films, everyone is happy. My grand parents like the
feeling of their grand daughter being on the screen," smiles Amita.
"I want to give 100% to whatever I do. I think, the role of Sanjana
that I have played in Haal-E-Dil was designed only keeping me in mind.
Actually I had gone to Punjab for a holiday to my nana's place for two
weeks but my dad called me up and asked me to cut down the trip and
rush to Mumbai because he wanted me to go through the script of a film
to be directed by Anil Devgan
", says Amita as we settle down for this
interview at her father's office.
Amita says that though she is glad that she has made her debut with a
romantic film like Haal-E-Dil, because she feels that it has been a
lucky trend in the film industry
to make one's debut with a romantic
film, like Hrithik Roshan
in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Ajay Devgan in Phool
Aur Kaante, Shahid Kapoor
in Ishq Vishq and Kareena had done in
Refugee, she is now very eager to prove her mettle in comedy by acting
in a comedy film.
"I did not get the role on a platter just because I happen to be the
producer's daughter. However, I do not deny that there may be thousands
of new comers out there who are even better than me but do not get an
opportunity like me to get launched. I, too, had to go through the
grind of audition for the role, like both Adhyayan and Nakuul, though
dad had told Anil that since the character of Sanjana was very similar
to me, he felt that I suited the role. It was only after Anil was happy
with the audition and also Ajay and Kajol saw the tape of my audition
and agreed that I fitted the bill, that I was approved for the role,"
It was not tough at all for Amita to play the role of Sanjana, because
as she puts it succinctly, she had just to play herself in the film.
Amita adds, "I take life as a challenge every day. The ups and downs
shown in the character of Sanjana could happen to anyone in life. When
I set out to face the camera, I thought how I would react to such
situations in real life and acting came naturally to me."
The brief given to her was that Sanjana is a lively girl and loves the
people around her. Adds Amita, "Sanjana can make anyone fall in love
with her and is emotional, sensitive and also mature at the same time.
I could relate to her somewhere and hence I instantly said yes to the
role when I was offered the same, so much so that I had even asked the
script writer Neeraj whether he had done some research on me before he
set out to etch the character of Sanjana for the film."
Amita says that she had company in the form of Adhyayan, son of Shekhar
Suman, because like her, he was also a rank newcomer as far as acting
was concerned, though Nakuul, she says, had been acting on the stage
for quite some time and did not have any stage fright at all, though
Haal-E-Dil is his first film as an actor. Amita adds that all the three
of them got along like fire on the sets and indulged in a lot of masti
and bonhomie; so much so that she could not even imagine falling in
love with either of them.
I ask Amita whether she felt that she could have made her debut with
the role that Kareena Kapoor
did in the star studded film Omkara which
her father had produced. Amita replies, as a matter fo fact, with her
head firmly placed on her dainty shoulders, displaying maturity on her
part. She says, "I think Kareena Kapoor
was the best as far as Omkara
was concerned. She fitted the bill. I do not think I would have suited
the role which Kareena did from any angle whatsoever in Omkara. It
would be foolhardy on my part to expect that I can do either the role
which Kareena did in Omkara or for that matter the role that Kajol did
in Pyar To Hona Hi Tha, though I wish I, too, get opportunities to do
roles like that. Now that I have made my debut and proved that I can
Amita feels that love is something which just happens. "I do not
believe in having crushes besides the fact that crushes may come and
go, because a crush gets crushed soon, though I believe a lot in love.
Right now, I am of the opinion that matters of the heart can wait
because I am pretty serious about my career. When people who have seen
the trial of my debut film complimented me, I felt that my three years
of dedication has paid off dividends to me," happily goes Amita.
Amita prepared herself for a career in acting by enrolling for Kishore
Namit Kapoor's classes. "I learnt acting there for six months though it
was a three month course. I also learnt dancing from Shiamak Davar
besides kathak, salsa, and jive and cha cha cha from Habiba Academy. To
top it all, I attended a three month workshop with theatre person Om
Katare. I have also learnt languages like Urdu, Bengali, Marathi and
Gujarathi," adds Amita.
Amita confesses that she was quite plump earlier and used to love
eating a lot though now after having taken up acting, she is keener on
cooking food for others than eating. "Right from the time I was a tiny
tot of just three, I was keen on acting in films. I remember when dad
was making the film Khilaaf with Chunky Pandey
and Madhuri Dixit, I,
too, wanted to act in the film. I have always dreamt of acting in a
film like Charlie's Angels," expresses Amita.
Amita admits that Hrithik Roshan
, Amitabh Bachchan
and of course
Ajaybhaiya are her favorite actors. She further adds, "Ajaybhaiya is
very concerned about me and is very protective about me. Though I would
have loved it if he had come to bless me at the music launch of my
film, I know that at the end of the day, he is always there to support
me. It is not just his presence but his support which matters a lot to
me. I will always remain indebted to Ajaybhaiya and Kajol for going out
of the way and doing a special appearance in a song with me in the
As far as actresses are concerned, Amita confesses that Rani Mukerjee
and Kajol are her two favorites. As far as directors are concerned,
Amita is very keen on working with Vishal Bharadwaj
. "I have become his
fan after watching his film Omkara and would love to be a part of any
of his future projects," concludes Amita.