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Iman se! May 17, 2008

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The Pak star wants to do Bollywood films but refuses to be only ‘a decked up doll in minis’

Pakistani model and actress Iman Ali, who showcased her prowess in the critically acclaimed Paksitani film Khuda Ke Liye, says she would love to act in a Bollywood movie. But she’s clear about not featuring in films in which heroines ‘deck up as dolls’.

“I’d rather be a part of a flop film, than be part of a movie that has the hero do everything,” says Iman adding, “I want to show my acting skills, rather than just be a glamorous face. But I have my limitations. Don’t expect me to wear a mini-skirt, I will not do that. One can look glamorous in a salwar kurta or even western wear as in Khuda Ke Liye,” she asserts.

Though she shot to fame with hit Pakistani television shows including Anarkali by Shoaib Mansoor, (director of Khuda Ke Liye), Iman started her career as a model.

She was introduced to the modelling fraternity in Pakistan by photographer Shahzad Raza. She has also worked with several Indian designers including Suneet Verma, Tarun Tahiliani, Rina Dhaka and J J Valaya to name a few. “Indian designers are very good with colours. They use them beautifully while in Pakistan the use of colours is a little less,” she says.

Daughter of famous actor Abid Ali and Humaira Ali, Iman had said on a recent chat show in Pakistan that she suffered from multiple sclerosis. But when quizzed about it she gets defensive, “I would not like to comment on that. I’d like to talk about my work instead,” she replies.

Shifting focus to Khuda Ke Liye, which effectively showed the moderate voice in Pakistan, Iman says, “People are open-minded in our country and the film represents what’s happening there. Or else, the movie would not have been a super hit in Pakistan.”

But wasn’t playing the rebel Mary, a bold decision? “The story needed to be told. I loved the script. The characters were real. The issues were genuine and had to be brought out in the open. There was noting controversial about it.”

g_prithwish@dnaindia.net

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