I had never ridden a cycle

‘Singham’s’ Kajal Aggarwal talks about doing south films to Lipika Varma

I had never ridden a cycle

Kajal Aggarwal made her debut with ‘Singham’ opposite Ajay Devgn and is looking forward to her next film ‘Special 26’, opposite Akshay Kumar. Kajal, who has come to Bollywood after a stint in southern films, speaks to Lipika Varma about her journey.

“‘Special 26’ has been my second film and it has been a great experience. This is a special film because it has an inspiring story. I play Priya Chauhan who is a simple and susceptible school teacher and also the love interest of Akshay Kumar. I had to focus on the character as mine is a parallel track to the entire story. She is the stabilizing factor in Ajay’s (Akshay Kumar’s character) life,” she says, adding

This is her first film after ‘Singham’.

“After ‘Singham’ I was committed to a lot of movies down south. There were eight films in a row and now they are finally getting over. I am getting through two and half films by March now. After that it will be over. I am very happy about this film as it is a special film and intelligent film and what the society needs today.”

On acting with Anupam Kher and Manoj Bajpayee.

“I have grown up watching Anupam Kher and Manoj Bajpayee’s work and was excited to work with them. I had no inhibitions but was looking forward to working with such great actors.”

Did she do south films to get into Bollywood?

“Since I was a South Mumbai girl it was a cultural shock for me when I started doing south films. I have grown up in south Mumbai and am very broadminded; suddenly I was sent to this small village Madanpalli near the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh for my debut Telugu film. I was made to wear the half sari called Longa Vani and run through fields and run between goats, riding a bicycle. I was petrified as I have never ridden a bicycle before. I drive cars. I was asked to play with the goats. It was all unthinkable So, I don’t try to strategise my movies.”

We asked her about the difference between working in south,(where directors prefer plump women, while Bollywood filmmakers prefer the size zero).

“Times are changing. You don’t have to have the zero size figures anymore. As long you are fit and your belly is not falling out it’s fine. I don’t have to be skinny to look glamorous.”

What is her fitness routine?

“I have been tied up with work so I don’t get time to work out for my fitness. I do yoga and have a balanced diet. I eat everything and avoid carbohydrates at night. My weakness is sweets, but I do try and avoid them once in a while.”

What has she learnt from Bollywood?

“I have learnt to be patient. I was not impatient earlier, but in the south, films are made fast. They start and finish on time. The Hindi film industry is still learning that. Fortunately, both the films I did here have finished very fast.”

Is she comfortable showing skin?

“I had reservations down South when I did films there and I have reservations here as well. I am okay with glamour in different ways. I believe that a girl can look hot in skinny jeans and a well-fitted kurta. I don’t think you need to shed clothes to look hot. If the character demands and the directors insist I will tell him to change it for me.”

Does she have any more Hindi films?

As of now I have not signed anything as yet. Like I said I have to complete two projects down south.

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