Mahie Gill: Kiss and no regrets

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By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Oct. 15 -- It's not just Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan who will be working on their respective sequels Don 2 and Krrish 2. Actor Mahie Gill, too is gearing up for a comeback as the diabolical 'biwi' in Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster Part 2.

"Tigmanshu (director Tigmanshu Dhulia) had decided to take the story forward while we were shooting the film. But till the script is locked, I'm clueless about where we are going with Part 2," says the 35-year-old actor, who's been flooded with calls since the film opened.

The uninhibited performance and steamy liplocks, following closely on the heels of Ram Gopal Varma's Not A Love Story (NALS), has given Mahie the tag of a "bold" actor. Yet, she is unfazed: "There are actors who have stripped despite being nothing more than glamorous props. At least I let loose for performance driven roles," she argues, adding, "The directors were not looking to exploit me, which is why despite the awkwardness, I went along and not once checked on my scenes on the monitor."

Point out to her that we got an eyeful of cleavage in NALS when Gill was mopping up blood from the floor and she insists it was not deliberate. "When I bent down, the 'kurta' I was wearing dipped a little too low. Had Ramu sir wanted, he could have written some intimate love making scenes into the script," she reasons, admitting that she has received another offer from RGV.

Ask if she met Maria Susiaraj whose murder case had inspired NALS and she retorts, "Why should I? The film was not Maria's story. My character was from the North while she's from the South and the differences don't end there. Yes, I had planned on meeting her, but eventually didn't even feel the need to check out her body language on TV." Meanwhile, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster has got her appreciation from everyone. Even her family is impressed. "I'm the only girl in my family, and I was worried about how my brother in the US and cousins in Canada would react to the hot scenes. But they seem to understand that while I'm a shy homebody in real life, on screen I have to be someone drastically different," she says.