Udita Goswami might have shot into the limelight with her on-screen kiss with Emraan Hashmi in Zeher, but she says she was besieged by many doubts about whether to kiss or not. And finally, to clear her doubts, she turned to her mother for advice. And surprisingly, her mother told her that being in showbiz, all this is a part of her job. If she refused to do it, somebody else would take her place, and moreover, since it was a Bhatt production with whom she’s worked already, she should trust them. And that’s how she went ahead with the intimate scenes with her parental support. We don’t know whether she still takes her mom’s advice or not.
Sexy siren Udita Goswami has run out of film projects. Yet, she’s in no hurry to sign offers. If there’s one thing the actor is averse to, it’s kissing on screen. “I hate to kiss on screen,” she says, “I did it in Paap, Zeher and Aksar, but if I have to kiss one more time on screen, I know I won’t be able to take it. I come from a small town and we were brought up believing that if we kissed a guy, we should end up marrying him.”
“In fact, during Paap, I didn’t know how to make a love scene look passionate. Pooja Bhatt actually made me hug John Abraham for five minutes before shooting. In Aksar, I had already made it clear to director Anant Mahadevan that I would not do any kissing scenes, but during the filming in London, certain pressures crept in and I had to agree. Thankfully, I had worked with Emraan earlier, otherwise I would have started crying on the sets!”
“Right now, all I’m doing is stage shows. I have come to the conclusion that there’s more money in stage shows than anything else. I went on a world tour and travelled to the US and Canada for the first time in my life. It was so exciting! But I had to send my six pet dogs to my parents’ house in Delhi and I’m happy to have them back now!” she says. Doesn’t she feel insecure that she has no film right now? “Of course, being out of work scares me,” she replies, “But I want my next film to be really good. I want to work with bigger directors and actors and learn as much as I can. I get a few offers now and then, but I’m being careful of what I sign next.” Meanwhile, Udita is looking forward to her item song that will be the title track in Aditya Datt film Dil Diya Hain. “I call it a special song, and not an item song. Though I’m comfortable with my sexy image, I don’t want to be slotted in a particular category. I refuse to expose beyond a point and have worn a corset and a long white skirt in one sequence and hot pants and a shirt with stockings and high boots in another shot. I wanted a sexy number to my name. Alisha Chinai has sung this song and it’s a catchy number,” she says. But Udita’s secret ambition comes as a surprise, “I really want to do an art film now. Serious cinema will be totally different from everything I’ve done so far and I’ll get to focus on my acting. But no one approaches me for art films,” she says.
Young, and lucky:
I belong to Dehradun. Starting out at 16, I had it easy in the world of modelling as I was treated like a kid, and thereby escaped all the bitching that goes on behind the scenes. Pooja Bhatt offered me Paap on a platter after seeing my photographs in a magazine. I consider myself really lucky as I never had to go through any struggle.
I do feel like an outsider in Bollywood. And that is because I don’t attend any filmi parties or award functions unless, of course, I’m paid to perform. I feel completely out of place at such events.
I am definitely getting film offers, but I’m not getting what I want. And as my house is running just fine, I see no reason to take up every offer that comes my way.
I don’t think I have a sexy image. I lead a very simple life and love being in my jeans and kurtas.
Enviable? I’m very fat now. I looked my best at the time of Paap. But then, everyone told me that I should put on a little weight and I went all out to do so. And by the time Zeher released, everyone was telling me how I should lose some weight. That’s when I realised that some people are never happy. So now I’ve decided to follow my own regimen. I can’t be somebody
Mohit Suri is someone I’m very close to. I meet him almost everyday, so also his sister Smilie. I’ve known them since the time of Zeher. But since both of us make a good team, people talk about us.
One product you can’t do without?
I’m addicted to Vaseline. I use it every five minutes and even before I sleep.
A must-wear for a night out?
A nice shimmer to enhance your cheeks always looks lovely. Translucent powder in shades of gold, silver or bronze gives that soft glow when the light hits your face.
One beauty faux pas most Indian women make?
Applying loud eye make-up and a loud shade of lipstick together. If you’re using bright eye make-up, then chose a subtle nude shade for your lips and vice-versa.
One beauty tip?
Always put sunscreen on your face fifteen minutes prior to applying your make-up.