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Posted on Nov 23, 11:19AM | IBNS
German bombshell Claudia Ciesla burnt the floor with her item number 'Balma' from the film 'Khiladi 786'. International model turned actor and the new Bollywood item girl talks about her life after Big Boss, on modelling and the film industry in a candid chat with IBNS corespondent Shabarni Basu. Excerpts:
How different is being on celluloid from the ramp walks?
It is different because in acting you have to get inside your role, feel and play the character. So it's more about your emotion...it's not about your body. You see the body language has to come naturally with the character you are playing, but in modelling it's just about posing figure, your face has to be blank, straight forward and you are selling the product you are wearing. It's like night and day, you cannot compare it. I have come from the modelling side, so it is a long process to transform your body language and am happy I did that!
Life after Bigg Boss 3?
It was a different experience. You live with people you don't know and everybody plays game...but at the end of the day I have learnt a lot. It is true everybody behaves differently under different circumstances because everyone plays a strategy to win, but you are learning how to live with so many people in one house. The show was my first experience here...I even learned to cook roti (chapati) and sabzi (curry) over there and for me of course it proved to be a great platform.
How would you put the fights that happen in the Bigg Boss house?
You know when so many people stay together, it happens naturally. It is not scripted, even in your house you'll find some fights are going on. They are small irritations over there, as at the end of the day you are not in touch with your family, not connected to your parents so small things get into big fights. Its natural instinct.
Life after the song 'Balma' from 'Khiladi 786'?
Ah Balma...life is amazing after that. You know the experience to dance next to Akshay Kumar...it's amazing because he is one of the Bollywood stars, even Asin...she is like wow! Then Ganesh Acharya is the choreographer...top people from industries and to work with them, I feel so happy...so overwhelmed. It's like a dream come true for me. Specially for the song that Himesh Reshammiya composed for the film, that turned out to be so catchy and popular with the audience, I am so happy for that as well.
Are you a trained dancer?
Entering Bigg Boss, Bosco and Caesar choreographed and I was dancing. After that I was fascinated about Bollywood dance and I kept learning from different people. I learned the 'Balma' song in just two days. Right now I am comfortable with all the steps but yes I rehearsed a lot and learnt from different Bollywood songs. I love to dance and it is more like a hobby for me and a part of my exercise, which anyway I have to do so why not do something that I like to do.
Apart from dance what else do you do to keep yourself fit?
I follow a fitness trait actually. I regularly go to the gym, used to do horse-riding but being in India, it is sometimes possible in Maha Laxmi Race Course (in Mumbai). Being in India, I have learnt yoga and I do breathing exercises which keep me cool and relaxed. Apart from that, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. It is not compromise for me, it has been a routine for so many years and even now if I see fast food...it's like yuck!
Are you looking to bag big banner offers?
You know I am open. A few months back my Punjabi film (Yaar Pardesi) released and I am the heroine there, right now I have done an item song...of course it has a big banner but it is my first item song. I am open to doing more item songs because I love to dance. From 'Balma', I got such good response, and people appreciate me like "Claudia you can actually dance!" People had not expected me to dance...so I would like to do more item songs but definitely acting is my priority in Bollywood. I have also done Bengali film ('10:10'), I have offers from the south, so I am open, I would like to do my job.
Any upcoming projects or any new offers in Bollywood?
Yeah, there have been item songs offers, touchwood! On 7th of November the movie (Khiladi 786) released so as of now, I am excited for that. Then my team will get to the others, how to choose them and what will be good for me.