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08-05-2009, 03:02 PM #1
║ Giselle monteiro speaks to mid-day ║
It was all about being at the right place at the right time for Brazilian model Giselli Monteiro. The latest West import in B-Town features as the shy Punjabi kudi Harleen Kaur in Imtiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal.
"I had been in India for barely 20 days when I was signed for the film. People tell me that here actors have to wait for years for that break. I have been extremely lucky," says the newbie who can pass off as an Indian including a surname that could pass her off as a Goan.
"It is Portuguese. As a child, my dad would call me Indian because of my black hair. And years later I land up in the country to act in a movie. This is what dreams are made of."
Looking the part
Twenty-year-old Giselli who towers at six feet tall, is from Espirito Santo in Brazil. Since the age of 17 she has been travelling all over the globe. "As soon as I finished high school, I moved to Germany. I was extremely focused about modelling from a young age. As I was tall, people would tell me you should be on the catwalk. Due to limited opportunities back home, I moved to Germany and then one assignment led to another. I have been to France, Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and Philippines. And everywhere, I was told I look very Indian. So there was this desire to come to Mumbai and now I intend staying here."
Though she was kept under wraps as part of the film's publicity, she has no regrets. "My name does appear at the end of the film in the credits. People are talking about me – that matters. The other day I was at a mall in Worli and people recognised me. I was floored by their response."
It is learnt that Giselli has been noticed and filmmakers have been asking about her. She is under contract with a modelling agency. "I came here to do fashion shows and model. I did a photo shoot with Farrokh Chotia who put me on to Anaita Shroff Adajania. She told me that Imtiaz was casting for his film. I casually went to meet him and landed up with the role."
Her parents and her two brothers are now also clued into Hindi films thanks to her. "They have been following every bit of Love Aaj Kal despite the language constraints," says Giselli who is now determined to learn Hindi.
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