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Hazel: "Salman is such a brave person"

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 7:33am | IP Logged

The other 'Bodyguard' girl Hazel Keech tells us how the superstar never spoke of his pain

Hazel Keech
Hazel Keech

British Indian actress Hazel Keech, who made her Bollywood debut with the blockbuster 'Bodyguard', says that Salman Khan never revealed that he was in pain while shooting for the movie.

Salman left for the US before the film's release and underwent an eight-hour operation in Pittsburgh for a nerve problem that was causing him exruciating pain in his head, jaws and cheeks.

"The operation went off well, but the pain is still there so he would be going for another operation. But even if he is in pain, he is never going to speak of it. He is such a brave person," Hazel said.

Hazel flew down to Mumbai from London dreaming of a career in Bollywood but gradually gave up hopes of making a career in acting in India. She was returning back home when she got the 'Bodyguard' offer.

"I was not getting any work, so I was planning to go back to London. The day I was about to leave, I got a text message from Atul Agnihotri and he asked me to meet him. I met him, we spoke for over two-and-a-half-hours and then he selected me," said the 24-year-old, who has also worked in the Tamil film 'Billa'.

Salman, who she had met in London while he was shooting for 'London Dreams', had passed on her number to Atul who has co-produced the blockbuster with Reliance Entertainment.

Hazel started her career as an actor at a very tender age by doing small roles in Hollywood films. She even worked in three movies of the 'Harry Potter' series.

"I have been part of the entertainment industry since the age of 12. I used to do small roles in Western films. When I was in school, I did 'Harry Potter'. Gradually, I started getting bigger roles. I worked in the second, third and fourth editions of 'Harry Potter'. I played one of the students," said Hazel.

Though she's a second lead in the Salman-Kareena Kapoor starrer 'Bodyguard', she is happy that she could show off her acting skills.

"Technically, I was the second lead but the story is such that I am there in almost 80 percent of the film. It was such an important role," she said.

Born to a English father and an Indian mother, Hazel came to India five years ago and easily gelled with the culture here because she grew up in a very traditional Indian home, courtesy her mother and grandmother.

"My mom is a Hindu and my nani (maternal grandmother) who stays with us there, is very traditional and wears sari every day, does pujas. So, eventually the culture at home was totally Indian. When I came to India, it's just a different country but the culture was same that I grew up in," she said.

She has only one regret - her name was changed to Rose Dawn by the first modelling agency she had worked with.

"I am born as Hazel. Rose is not my name. When I came five years ago, the modelling agency I started with decided to change my name. They changed my name to Rose. I left that agency after a year. I never changed my name or spelling after that," said Hazel.

Asked if she would continue doing both Western and Indian films, she said: "I am an actor. Wherever I'd get to do my craft, I'd be doing. I won't restrict myself to any one language or genre."


Edited by Saddiakhan - 22 September 2011 at 7:33am

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 10:23am | IP Logged
hmm its just taken here and there..
how many times is these newcomer say this
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u mean that girl who says anni khanna or something
and the boys father says..
wish it was on my time
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