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As an actor, I crave for more versatility: Amrita Puri

After her feisty act as Vidya in Kai Po Che, the lady is slowly but steadily getting noticed, not just by the audience but by filmmakers as well. In a short interview, she talks about being the small town girl, her academic background and wish-list in Bollywood:


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The small town girl
It feels nice when people say that I have done justice to the role of Vidya. I had played the small town girl role before in Aisha, but my character in Kai Po Che was so different from that of Shefali in Aisha. Unlike Shefali, who was a complete behenji, Vidya was smart and aggressive. She knew how to utilise her tuition time (winks). I would be bored if I always played the Mumbai girl. I enjoy the process of getting into different characters and roles, and these films offered me that chance. As an actor, I crave for more versatility.

Wooing the parents
My parents were totally against my decision to join films. It took me a couple of years to convince them. However, once they gave me the nod they were totally supportive. They always wanted me to do an MBA. My brother is a double MBA (laughs out loud). My parents always stressed on education. I am a post-graduate in Mass Communications and have worked for a year in an advertising agency. But after working for a year in an ad firm, I told my parents that I just couldn’t do it (smiles).

Leaving my impact
I have done only three films so far, and I have got recognised for two of them. I want to do character-driven films that leave an impact on people’s mind. The masala genre is not exactly my cup of tea. It was a humbling moment when actors and directors like Hrithik Roshan and Vikramaditya Motwane told me that I had done a good job. My dream is to be remembered for my roles for generations to come (looks up wishfully).

The learning curve
As an actor, I am very pro-homework. I have directors like Anurag Basu, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Bejoy Nambiar, Habib Faisal and others on my wish-list, and I know that I have to do good work to work with them. I am really glad that I got a chance to work with Raj Kumar Yadav, who is such a brilliant student of cinema. I learnt so much by just observing him.

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