It was only recently that Naqaab actor Akshaye Khanna mentioned on a talk show, that if he had to do an on-screen kiss with someone, it could well be Urvashi Sharma, his Naqaab co-star. And when we got in touch with the newbie for her reaction to this statement, she said, “What can I say? I was laughing when he said that. What more can I do? But Akshaye is a friend and a great guy. He has been of much support.” Talk about Urvashi taking it easy.
Her exotic, oriental looks won her rave reviews and some of the prestigious assignments in modeling world. Now, this sexy, tall young lady is out to strut her stuff in Hindi filmdom. Gets up, close and personal with Urvashi Sharma, who has signed an eight film contract with Tips.
On her first film
It was great working in Naqaab, which was part of the Tips banner and was directed by Abbas-Mastan. It was like a dream come true. And I got to star opposite Bobby and Akshaye — a newcomer can’t get a bigger platform than this! I am still enjoying the glory. What a high it’s been!
On the heat quotient of Bobby and Akshaye
Bobby is quite chilled out — a no nakhra, no tantrums, no fuss guy. Akshaye, on the other hand, is quite serious and very matured. Both of them have their own attraction. They are both quite hot in their own way.
On the ‘fall’
During the shooting of the film, I was supposed to run and I fell down. All the unit hands came running and everyone was so concerned. Suddenly, Bobby came over and he was guffawing away to glory. He ragged me and really drove me wild.
On the casting couch
Till date I haven’t faced anything of this sort so I really don’t know whether it exists or not. Whether it was modelling or films, professionals have been handling my career. Touchwood, all the people that I met have been really sweet.
On her middle-class upbringing
My dad is a government servant and my mom is a homemaker. Both of them have instilled ethical values in me and I am proud of this fact. Of course, if it comes to attending the parties as a part of my job, I will certainly do it. But there’s no question of me doing drugs, or sleeping around just because it is done.
On being a hip girl
I have played the role of a hip girl in my film and I really identify with her. Being a 21st century gal, I can’t be expected to get bogged down by the ghunghat. I am not a salwar-kameez or a saree girl.
On the sexiest stars
The sexiest male star has got to be Hrithik Roshan. He’s got the looks, the feel, the entire persona. As far as actresses go, Bipasha is the best of them all. She’s so elegant, so strong, has a gorgeous bod and so much of talent. That’s a lethal combination. But if you want to know my biggest crush, it is Enrique Iglesias. He really drives me crazy.
Her debut film is all ready for release, but Urvashi Sharma isn’t worried about the lack of publicity – producer Ramesh Taurani is keeping her under wraps for now. But the undercurrent on the lady is quite strong. In fact, Taurani has gone ahead and signed her for an eight-film contract with his company. Even directors Abbas Mustan want to repeat her in two more films. And we hear the lady’s getting plenty of offers which she’s keeping on hold until the release of her debut Naqaab. Ask Taurani what ticks and the man who’s launched such names as Preity Zinta, Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao says, “Urvashi’s a very sincere girl, mark my words she will go a long way. Urvashi’s character is integral to the central plot of Naqaab, and so we have kept her under wraps. We want the audience to judge her performance unbiased.” Now that’s fair enough we think. Let’s reserve our verdict until the audience gets a taste of this bombshell.
Your film Naqaab has not yet released and you have already been signed for an eight-film contract. How do you feel about your newly acquired stardom?
Stardom seems to be such a high word. I am just beginning my journey. But it feels good to know that my hard work is paying off and I am moving in the right direction. Bollywood was always where I wanted to be. And considering that I had no filmy background and support, it’s been a fulfilling journey so far. But with Naqaab, my journey has just begun, the challenge starts now. I have lots to achieve.
You are called a stunner in terms of looks and performance. How do you see yourself?
Wow, it’s a big compliment. If they say that, then there must be some element of truth in it! Seriously, though I’m confident, I believe that hard work pays, there are no short cuts. There is so much to learn and unlearn. There are my own expectations to fulfill. There is so much responsibility attached. I have to keep striving hard. I am lucky to get a complex character for my debut film.
You started your career as a model and now you are doing films. Was this a natural progression?
Modelling was a stepping stone. It gave me the experience to face the camera and understand the camera angles, etc. Since I was doing well in the modelling circuit in Delhi, the shift to Mumbai was a bit easier. I had just dreams in my eyes. Mumbai’s a fulfillment of all my dreams.
You maintained a low profile before the release of your debut…
It’s a well-thought of strategy by the producer. I trust them completely. I was presented very sensually in Mika’s album Something Something, and in Atif’s Doorie. And in Naqaab they would like to present my versatility. Maybe I’m the naqaab of Naqaab.
How was it working with Bobby Deol and Akshaye Khanna?
Bobby Deol made me comfortable on the sets. He taught freestyle dancing. And also the fact that I am a Punjabi, added to the comfort level with him on the sets. I found Akshaye Khanna very sweet. In fact, he used to always help me whenever I used to get stuck in some of the scenes. He used to enact those scenes with my lines and show it to me. He too made me feel very comfortable and was very patient. He is so talented.
Which male actor from Hollywood and Bollywood would you prefer to do a bedroom scene with?
Enrique Iglesias – if he acts in a film.
Are you single and ready to mingle?
Single yes. Not thought about mingling yet!
Tell us about your funniest experience while working in Naqaab?
I had to run behind the ambulance and the directors, Abbasji and Mustanji were shooting a close-up scene. Suddenly I disappeared from the frame. Since it was raining in Dubai, I just slipped and fell down. I did not know whether to laugh or cry. And though everyone was concerned about me, I could sense that they were controlling their laughter.
What do you feel about the casting couch?
I have never encountered it. I have worked hard to reach here, and have been rewarded. I didn’t have to struggle. Being at the right time, at the right place is so important, along with hard work…