'I believe in destiny'

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'I believe in destiny'

This Bangalore girl is riding high on the success of her Bollywood debut Yaariyan. However, stardom comes with its own limitations as Miss Earth 2010 Nicole Faria would have realised.

The sultry lass’ Facebook account was hacked recently and the issue has still not been sorted. “I realised it when my aunt called me up and said that she had chatted with me. I was shocked. This person has been making statements like ‘How’s you?’ and ‘Reply me’, which I would never use,” she tells Metrolife. “When I tried logging on to Facebook from my phone, it didn’t log me in automatically and asked me for my password,” she adds. The worst was when the hacker blocked all her family members and close friends. As a result, her father, who is an administrator of her fanpage, is unable to post any messages on it as well. So the hacker, who is a pro, is still basking in Nicole’s glory. 

However, on the professional front, Nicole is going great guns as her debut film Yaariyan has done really well at the box-office. Incidentally, it was Facebook that got Nicole the role. “A person from T-Series sent me a message after watching my Miss Earth video on Youtube. They said that Divya Khosla Kumar (the director) wanted to meet me. At first, I thought it was a joke. But my mother, who is a big Bollywood-buff, was inquisitive and told me to give her number to them,” she recalls. A few minutes later, the much-awaited call came and as they say the rest is history!

Nicole had always wanted to act in movies and though speaking in Hindi was a challenge, she overcame it and dubbed for it herself. “I auditioned for the role in English first. Then I was told to do it in Hindi as to act in a Bollywood movie, one has to speak Hindi,” she laughs. “Then there were scene in which I had to do a rock show and it was extremely cold, windy and tough to shoot. But from my experience, I have realised that the most difficult shots turn out to be the best ones,” she notes.  
A film featuring new faces, Yaariyan faced tough competition from Dedh Ishqiya, which starred stalwarts like Madhuri Dixit and Naseeruddin Shah and also released on the same day.

“Both the films belong to different genres so they cannot be compared. Yaariyan is a very youthful movie but also has experienced actors like Gulshan Grover, Deepti Naval and Smitha Jaykar, who appeal to the older people,” she explains and adds that the older actors were really “warm and had no airs at all”. Impressed by her director Divya Khosla Kumar’s knowledge, Nicole feels grateful to have worked under such a huge banner.

Nicole plays the role of Gia, a Punjabi girl who is the daughter of a flop singer. “She tells the guys to check out the hot girls who are around. She is confident, fun and outgoing. In fact, everyone looks at the group because of her,” she informs. Nicole thoroughly enjoyed shooting for the film in gorgeous locales like Cape Town and Darjeeling and considers her co-stars as “fun people”.

Though a bit of her role was edited out, Nicole has no complaints.“I can’t crib as that always happens. The entire movie has come out really well and I’m very confident and believe in destiny,” shesays.

Currently busy with award shows and the promotions of the film, she reveals, “I couldn’t sign any movie till Yaariyan hit the screens. But I have always wanted to do action roles.”

She also makes it a point to come to Bangalore at least once a month. “Initially, I used to miss it a lot. But now, I am used to it. As soon as I reach, I run to see my parents,” she laughs.

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