Adah Sharma's eerie performance as a possessed girl in the movie 1920 fetched her the Filmfare award for Best Debut. With major projects in hand, the actress talks about her Telugu biggie and the buzz she is generating for her dance moves in Shake it like Shammi in the Karan Johar production, Hasee Toh Phasee.
In the song Shake it like Shammi in Hasee Toh Phasee, we see you dancing alongside Siddharth Malhotra. You think this will be your breakthrough?
It's a fun film for everyone... I can't reveal much about my character but I can tell you that it's the first time I am getting to dance on screen.
You are a trained classical dancer. Were you upset you didn't get to showcase your dancing skills earlier?
I had once joked that I can't dance. Maybe that's why I couldn't dance in any of my movies. But I wasn't disappointed. I think getting to dance is easier than getting a great role. I got the chance to start off with a good role in 1920 — there is nothing more an actor can ask for.
Hasee Toh Phasee also stars Parineeti Chopra. Do you view her as competition?
I think everyone is competition. Fortunately, nowadays, you get proper roles so you can focus on making your performance look good. Working with Siddharth and Parineeti was great; we had loads of fun.
What do you have that your competitors — Alia, Parineeti and Shraddha — don't?
I think I have bushier eyebrows than them (laughs).
After an impressive debut, you remained rather low-key.
I have no background in films, no contacts whatsoever. When you don't have a film background, it's difficult to get your first film and to get films after that. Lots of people with a non-filmi background have made it here. I guess it might take a bit longer for me.
Vikram Bhatt is a virtual film factory. Why has he not repeated you after 1920 and Phir?
It's not about doing three films or ten; when there is a good role, an actor takes it up. Vikram sir and I have done 1920 together so when he has a better role for me, I am sure we will work together.