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    None of her four Bollywood releases could garner Aditi Rao Hydari as much mileage as her recent bikini clad photos (for upcoming film, Boss). In a series of media interviews, the actress wondered what the fuss was all about. “I have worn a bikini at the age of four. I still have that innocent face. I don’t think it clashes with glamour. Please, there is more to me than a bikini,” she laughs.

    Package deal

    Her next film, Boss, that comes after last year’s money spinner, Murder 3, is yet another attempt to pump up the glamour quotient. “As an actor, I want to be desirable, try different kind of roles. Boldness is not about a bikini and kissing scenes. Can’t we combine talent and glamour? I will do glamorous roles as long as it is filmed by the right people. There is nothing wrong in having a good body and being a good actor,” shoots the lady. Having said that, she admits that in Boss (remake of Malayalam film, Pokkiriraja), starring Akshay Kumar and Shiv Pandit, she is not just eye-candy. “After Murder 3, where I played a glamorous character and the light, romantic one in London, Paris NewYork, I wanted to play a complete commercial Bollywood heroine. I really wanted that accep-tance,”she confides.

    On the fashion charts

    She admits her Bollywood career that started with Delhi 6, didn’tcome easy, considering she had to fight a lone battle without godfathers. “There has been days when I have cried. I don’t take things for granted. But then does anything in life come easy?” she says. And is the media too  critical of an actress’ sartorial choices? “It’s just that we are featured wrongly at times. Like there was a time, I wore gumboots when it was raining and I was called a fashion disaster. I have a certain sense of aesthetics and I am used to being called ‘pixie’ and ‘petite’. I am used to it, why should I try to be someone else? Today, I have more access to designers. It is part of our job to look good,”she signs off.

    — Neelima Menon

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