Wide-eyed beauty

Wide-eyed beauty


Petite and pouty Minissha Lamba was in Bangalore  recently to add some sizzle to the Kingfisher Bangalore Derby. Bangaloreans, who are for ever complaining about the mess and the crumbling infrastructure, need to pay heed to  Minissha’s words: “Bangalore is cleaner and greener each time I visit it,” she cooed into the cameras, flanked by beefy bodyguards clad in menacing black who contrasted nicely with her delicate frame in a short cocktail dress, that showed off her shimmery gold shoulders to best advantage. 

Having started her career with the film Yahaan, and in spite of doing some prominent roles in between with films like Bachna Ae Haseeno, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd and Kidnap, the aspiring actress has yet to make it to the big leagues.

Recently, back from an outdoor stint of the movie Abba Ka Kaun, Minissha is taking a break from her hectic schedule. The film is due for release later this year and is directed by Shyam Benegal. In the film, she plays Boman Irani’s daughter with the focus of the plot on father-daughter relationship. If not an actress, the Punjab born, Delhi educated lady, who majored in English aspired to become a journalist.

Would she be interested in doing a film in Namma Nadu should the right offer come along? “I would love to do a Kannada film, and am definitely open to offers,” she said.

Although she was in the City to kick-start the derby draw, the actress confessed to knowing very little about horses. “I just think they are really pretty. I’m awfully scared of them as they are so big and strong and I certainly wouldn't go near one as I’m terrified of getting kicked. But I really do think they look so..ooo pretty. And I love their names. I think their names are wonderful,” she gushed. When someone from the crowd suggested that she become a horse owner, to get over her phobia, she balked at the idea even though it was explained that all she needed to do was to handover a cheque and pay for the maintenance of the animal.

 “Thoroughbred horses are expensive to feed,” she was informed to which the actress responded with just the right touch of naivete, “Why? Don’t they just eat grass that grows freely?” Go figure!

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