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Chandigarh's new heroine
Onkar Singh | September 04, 2006 14:36 IST
In any case, it was Yamini's innocent face and expressions that grabbed the director's attention when he saw her first during a TV news bulletin. Yamini was taking part in a students' protest against a ban of the use of mobile phones in colleges when the TV news camera captured her. She has become the talk of the town ever since Kaushik called her and offered a chance to audition for the lead.
"I was shocked and excited when I got a phone call from Satishji. I told my parents about it. They summoned me for an in-house discussion. It took us three days to weigh the pros and cons of going ahead with a career in films. The whole family supported me and it helped me reach the right decision," she said.
"I would be glad to accept an offer from a director of Satish Kaushik's standing. I will travel to Mumbai for the screen test," she told rediff.com over phone from Chandigarh.
However, the director, who is camping in New Delhi as part of his scouting mission for a heroine, is yet to fix a date for the screen tests.
Meanwhile, the second-year under-graduate at the MCM college in Chandigarh is keen on finishing her studies. But she wonders how it is going to gel with her new quest to make it in the movies.
"My father Roshan Sharma has a business and my mother Nisha is a housewife. I have a younger brother, Bhuship. I went to school at Solan in Himachal Pradesh before attending college at Chandigarh. All my friends and even the college principal are excited about the offer and I hope I eventually make it," says Yamini.
Chandigarh's most famous son after Kapil Dev, comedian Jaspal Bhatti, however, adds an unusual sobre touch. Not too happy with the way the media has gone to town with the offer, Bhatti says, "They have just raised the ambitions of the girl. I would personally want her to make the grade but what if she does not?"
Yamini now plans to take a crash course in acting in Chandigarh before heading for showbiz.