Bollywood calling for Lekha
TARUNYA SURESH , TNN 20 October 2009, 12:00am IST
is no stranger to the arc lights.
ekha Washington can
be remembered as the bubbly, effervescent VJ who made speaking Tamil with an
English accent quite a trend. A little known fact is that she is an accomplished
filmmaker and has also dabbled with sculpting. After a successful stint on TV, a
few gigs as an anchor for various cricket shows, Lekha shifted focus to the big
screen and proved her mettle with Jayam Kondaan, opposite Vinay
Now, the part Maharashtrian, part Burmese and part Italian
actress is giving Bollywood a shot, with Peter Gaya Kaam Se, opposite Rajeev
Khandelwal. Talking about how she bagged the role, the doe-eyed Lekha says,
"Well, I basically shifted bag and baggage to Mumbai and decided to camp
there for a bit, till someone decided to give me work! Then I went to audition
for Peter... and bagged the role. No sugar daddies, no godfathers,
nothing!" The film, she says, was more of a holiday than anything else.
"Since the script is based in Goa, Rajeev and I rode all over the place
and explored Goa like never before. I would call the film a romantic thriller;
if there is a genre like that in the first place."
been quite a darling of the rumour mills of late. First, it was her appearance
with Allu Arjun at the Filmfare awards and then, gossip girls worked overtime
insisting that she was having a scene with co-star Rajeev.
about these rumours and she is quick to refute them. "Why can't
people just believe that I'm single? Rajeev and I are more competitive
than anything else. We constantly try to outdo each other. In fact, he had some
sort of a guy's camp going on the sets with cinematographer Alphonse Roy.
I was the only girl on the sets and became one of their buddies by the end of
shooting. Rajeev is very happy with his girlfriend. Leave him
Okay, point noted. But what about Allu Arjun, with whom she is
sharing screen space in Krish's Vedam? "Allu and I are good friends.
But so is Manoj, my other co-star. I'm glad that I'm working with
the best of the Telugu film industry so early. If you are referring to the
Filmfare awards incident where Allu and I were sitting together, then let me
clarify that for you. Our director wanted the entire cast to sit together at the
awards and it so happened that Allu and I were seated next to each other.
What's the big deal?"
The petite actress has her kitty
full and has just recently appeared in an ad on Singapore.
that project she says, "It was so much fun doing reverse bungee jumping,
shopping till the wee hours of the morning, going for their music and dance
festival and partying like there was no tomorrow! I went with my best friend and
we were pampered silly. It was good fun."
So, what does the future
look like for Ms Washington? With a gleam of excitement in her voice, she says,
"I have Rakkozhi with Jai lined up. We will start shooting in December and
I'm damn kicked about the project. Jai is a very talented actor and
I'm sure the film will be great fun. As far as everything else goes, well,
whatever will be, will be."
Edited by Crazy_4_RA - 19 October 2009 at 11:20pm