Nauheed Cyrusi on her new film, Lakeer!

Nauheed Cyrusi, the ‘Piya Basanti’ girl, has taken the next logical step – into filmdom. And she is one of the few newcomers who have had the good fortune of working with veteran directors like Vikram Bhatt (‘Inteha’) and Padam Kumar (‘Supari’). Her next film, ‘Lakeer’, stars Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Sohail Khan and John Abraham. What’s more, she’s the only...
...lead actress in the four-hero project. We catch up with Nauheed on the sets of ‘Lakeer’ at Mukesh Mills, Mumbai, in the midst of a shooting schedule where the final song of the film is being shot.

From being the ‘Piya Basanti’ girl to films. What has the journey been like?

Nauheed Cyrusi: “It’s been quite a journey until now, but luckily I have not come across any bad experiences so far, and I’m loving every minute of it.”

Why did you sign ‘Lakeer’? Was it the great star cast of the film that made the decision for you?

Nauheed: “That made a huge difference because I’m a newcomer and to be paired opposite so many well known actors is like a dream come true. And besides, the music is done by A R Rahman. Now who would get music like that so early in their career? And when I met director Ahmed (Khan), I saw that he was really organized and planned things very well. My instinct told me it was a great project. And here I am.”

What’s your role in the film?

Nauheed: “Since there are four actors – Suniel Shetty, Sohail Khan, John Abraham and Sunny Deol -- I have different relationships with each of them. I am a sister, a lover and a girlfriend. My character is this cute, bubbly little girl who portrays a range of emotions throughout the film and that’s what interested me the most.”

What does the film’s title ‘Lakeer’ signify?

Nauheed: “‘Lakeer’ signifies ‘The forbidden line’ which is also the catch line of the film. The movie has a lot of emotional bonding between all of us. There are a few ‘lines’ in life which no one should cross or else the end result is disaster. That’s what the film is all about.”

Were you nervous while emoting before such a well known cast?

Nauheed: “I was so scared initially, because I didn’t know what to say. Should I say ‘Hello sir’ or just ‘Hi’ or ‘How do you do?’ But they made me feel really comfortable and I would like to thank all of them for their kindness. They just made it so much easier for me. It has been a pleasure working with each one of them.”

Were there any problems with your very first scene?

Nauheed: “No, not at all. My first scene was with Sohail Khan, which was really nice and went off smoothly. In fact, when it was over, everyone was surprised that it had gone so well.”

You’ve worked with a veteran director like Vikram Bhatt and a new director, Ahmed Khan. How different was the experience?

Nauheed: “They both have very different styles of filmmaking. This film is nothing like Vikram’s film. Vikram is very intelligent and focused in his own little way and Ahmed too is good. Actually, both of them are very different persons and there is no comparing them. They’re both great.”

We hear there are a couple of item numbers in the film?

Nauheed: “Item numbers? Let’s just say that I am practically in all the songs and they’ve been picturised fabulously. I think I am pretty much in all the songs.”

Any other projects in the pipeline?

Nauheed : “No, I haven’t signed any more films so far. But yes, there have been offers, and I am being very selective about them. However, it is too early to talk about my next film.”