Saif's 'love' to debut in Tamil
Sarah-Jane Dias is smart, sexy and the winner of Miss India World 2007.
And now the model-cum-veejay who recently appeared in an Airtel advertisement along with Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, is making her debut in Tamil, alongside Vishal, in his upcoming venture, Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai. The film also stars two other Hindi heroines -- Neetu Chandru and Tanushree Dutta.
Though she's sharing screen space with the other two women, Sarah-Jane is completely assured of her place and future. Here's what she has to say of her experiences while on location in Chennai.
Tell us something about Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai.
It's a movie being produced in both Tamil and Telugu, and I'm extremely excited to be a part of it. The team's very young -- everyone's mind is fresh and creative. Thiru is an absolutely fantastic director. He's young, like someone right out of college. It's a fun movie -- a romantic, breezy film that's a sure-fire entertainment.
I play Priya, a fashion student who is a very relatable character -- she's a coy, shy girl, very simple, very loving and innocent. I'm not that innocent in real life, of course. [Grins]
Anyway, in the film my character falls for Karthik (Vishal) who swoons over the girls. It's everything that a neat family entertainer should be.
Image: Sarah-Jane Dias
'Neetu and Tanushree really helped me with certain things'
What's it like working with Vishal?
He's tremendously great. We get along very well. We had fun filming together. I have a solo song with him and a group song with Neetu and Tanushree as well.
Any comments about rumours that usually fly about when there's more than one heroine around?
They do say that women get insecure when they're around other talented beautiful women but come on, Neetu and Tanushree are pretty much established in the field, and frankly, we had a great time.
They really helped me with certain things, like the first shot I did with Neetu, I was pretty nervous. She, of course, did it like a pro. She understood how I felt and made me comfortable. She said, "Don't worry, it'll all come to you." And it did. So, the vibe was really good.
Image: Neetu Chandra, Tanushree Dutta, Vishal and Sarah-Jane Dias
'I knew nothing about Tamil'
What was it like, shooting for your first Tamil project?
The first day? Honestly, I was super-paranoid. I knew nothing about Tamil but I was lucky enough to end up with a great team. I have two people, Shilpi and Vidhya, who help me with the pronunciations.
Tamil's a difficult language, I'll admit that. Its intonations are almost musical. There're bits of English in the dialogue, so those parts are easy. And I have a prompter, a great guy called Ashok who calls out each line of the dialogue so I don't make any mistake. There's very little pressure on me. It's a fantastic team and I'm having a great time.
Would you consider further projects in Tamil?
Absolutely, if one interests me. I'm looking at future projects in Bollywood and theatre as well.
Image: Sarah-Jane Dias