Ajay is an honest human being – Tamannaah Bhatia

Ajay is an honest human being - Tamannaah Bhatia

She has been in the business for eight years and done over 20 films across various Indian languages. However to work in a Hindi film, barring one which she did during her growing up years, has been a new experience altogether. Another new experience for Tamannaah has been to share screen space with Ajay Devgn, the actor who has been around for over 20 years and has done close to 100 films already.

Wasn't that a tad overpowering for Tamannaah?

"Not really", says Tamannaah, "My job actually becomes easier if there is someone as experienced as Ajay in a film. More than anything else, he is an honest human being and that reflects in his performances as well. You can be a superstar but beyond that it is the core essence of being human that transcends on screen. That is one of the most important reasons behind the kind of fan following that he has earned over the years. He was there to help and guide me. He made me feel pretty much at home."

Despite being at home, when it comes to her first major Hindi film, Tamannaah is happy to claim that she felt like a newcomer all over again during Himmatwala. Reason being that a Bollywood set up is a new entity for her and with the film allowing her to converse in her month tongue Hindi; it was a different experience for sure, especially after working extensively in Tamil and Telugu starrers.

"Moreover, I entered Himmatwala with a completely clean slate. I didn't bring with me any preconceived notions around how the world of Hindi films would treat me", says Tamannaah, "I have done 24 films already but for this movie, I went ahead with what Sajid Khan guided me to do. Somewhere down the line you are anxious for every movie of yours but there was something about Himmatwala that made me feel like a newcomer all over again."

Though there were a few who were surprised at Tamannaah's entry into the big shoes of Sridevi, Sajid Khan was sure about her.

"Sajid told me that he has done casting as per the characters and he thought that I suited it well. I liked the kind of confidence he showed in me. Moreover, he went all out by enlightening me on what clothes to wear, what kind of makeup should I apply and so on. He knows, because he has grown up in that era. I was not exposed to those times and this is the reason why Sajid's guidance further helped. I just followed him to the T. Although I have worked down South and mouthed dialogues in Tamil and Telugu dialogues, Hindi was a new experience for me", smiles Tamannaah before signing off.

Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read more

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