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Double Break

There’s an infectious enthusiasm about debutante actor Pakhi. Soon her husband Abbas Tyrewala’s second directorial venture Jhootha Hi Sahi will see her romancing actor John Abraham,but the actor tells us she is equally enthusiastic about the script she has written for it,making it a double debut for her.

There’s an infectious enthusiasm about debutante actor Pakhi. Soon her husband Abbas Tyrewala’s second directorial venture Jhootha Hi Sahi will see her romancing actor John Abraham,but the actor tells us she is equally enthusiastic about the script she has written for it,making it a double debut for her. But before that,she says,she still has to master the pre-release jitters. “As soon as the films promos went on air,I disconnected myself from all social networking sites. I don’t want to know about any reactions. I am very nervous,” she states honestly.

The promos have been generating a good response. Pakhi,however,maintains that it’s largely due to the film and Abraham. “But I don’t mind that,” she says,stressing on the fact that the story revolves around Abraham’s character. “John’s character was inspired by how I am in real life — clumsy and messy. And Mishka,the character I play,is gleeful. It is a romantic dramatic experience,” says Pakhi,who says she was very attached to the script she had written. However,once they began shooting,Tyrewala asked her to distance herself from the script and concentrate on acting. “There were a few minor changes made in the script but I made peace with it,” she reveals.

The Delhi girl though reveals that she had wanted to be an actor since the age of three. Her family didn’t approve,so she was restricted from watching too many films. Even after her marriage to Tyrewala,things didn’t ease up. When she failed the audition for Meghna’s role in Jaane Tu Ya…Jaane Na she had almost decided to give up. “But sometimes you secretly don’t stop hoping. And things just fall into place someday,” she says philosophically. “Initially,Abbas was not convinced at all. It was John (Abraham) and producer Madhu Manterna’s idea to cast me in the film. I went through four screen tests before Abbas agreed to give me the role,” she says,adding that she had to lose eight kilos in three months to look the part.

Incidentally,Pakhi wrote her first script before she met Tyrewala,and by sheer coincidence approached Abraham to act in the same. Unfortunately things did not work out then. “When Abbas read it later,he saw some potential in my writing. And while he was shooting for Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na,I started working on the Jhootha Hi Sahi script so that he would have a film to work on,” she chirps.

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Even though Pakhi had assisted Tyrewala earlier,shooting for Jhootha Hi Sahi was an experience in itself. During the shoot,she got to see a different side of Tyrewala. “Abbas is a very mellow person in real life. But on the sets,he wouldn’t concede to just anything,” she groans,adding,“When I submitted the script I thought I was Beethoven. But he made me write eight drafts. He told me,‘If you can’t rewrite,you have no business being a writer’.”

Post the film,Pakhi is already geared up for more. Although she has no other acting assignments at the moment,she has two scripts ready. “One is a relations-based subject and another a thriller,” she says.