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Urvashi Rautela sparkles in new song

Urvashi Rautela sparkles in new song

The actress dropped into the Khaleej Times office to talk about her latest project - a music video, Bijli Ki Taar

By Neha Mahamood

Published: Tue 17 Sep 2019, 11:40 AM

Last updated: Wed 18 Sep 2019, 8:19 PM

Bollywood actress and model Urvashi Rautela is anything but dull. The actress has had a vibrant career since she entered the glamour industry at 15, walking the ramp at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. As if acting, modelling, dancing and promoting fitness doesn't keep her busy enough she also has her own foundation called the Urvashi Rautela Foundation through which she holds many charity events.
In between being crowned Miss Teen India 2009 and being the showstopper for Lakme Fashion Week 2019, the beautiful diva has walked for numerous shows and made a name for herself in the film industry.  The first and only woman in history to win the Miss Universe India crown twice, she made her Bollywood debut opposite Sunny Deol in Singh Saab the Great in 2013.  With her buzzing energy the actress visited the Khaleej Times office to promote her independent music video Bijli Ki Taar presented by T-Series which dropped yesterday and to talk to us about her upcoming movie Pagalpanti, releasing on November 22, where she will be seen alongside Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana D'Cruz, Arshad Warsi and others.

Tell us about the music video Bijli Ki Taar.
It was actually inspired by the Madhuri Dixit and Aamir Khan song Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai from Dil. The moment I heard this (Bijli Ki Taar) song I felt connected to it. The song says Bijli Ke Khambhe Jaise Khadi Hai, Jawani Teri Bijli Ki Tar Hai, and the lyrics went with my personality. I'm really glad that I'm a part of it because I got to introduce three different unique dance forms to Bollywood for the first time: Snaking, Locking and Popping. We shot it in beautiful Tbilisi, Georgia and I play a biker in it so it's one of those race-y videos. The look was inspired by John Abraham's Dhoom!

You're working with Anil Kapoor and John Abraham in Pagalpanti. How was that experience?
I always wanted to be part of Anees Bazmee's films. I always wanted to do a comedy and in this film I got to do out and out comedy.  Working with John Abraham and Anil Kapoor has been an absolute treat. They both are fitness inspirations. After the shoot it always used to be the three of us working out in the gym. With John I really learnt how to have humility in life. I find him to be a very intelligent person. So I completely look up to John in that way. I also look up to Anil Kapoor because he's a great actor.

What kind of dancing do you do in Pagalpanti?
I'm recreating one of Sridevi Maam's iconic classic numbers from Chaalbaaz. It's a great number and I'm really happy to be a part of it.

As Pagalpanti is a comedy film there must have been a lot of laughs on set. Who's the funniest person on set?
I think the funniest person on the set of Pagalpanti was our director Anees Bazmee! He's got a very different sense of humour which is very subtle. You either get his jokes or you don't.

You used to be an athlete and a sports player. How has that helped you in your celebrity career?
Being an athlete or a dancer teaches you a lot of discipline and focus. The kind of dedication you have when you are learning something, in sports or dancing, teaches you how to be passionate about your craft.

Could you tell us about your association with IIFA 2019 and what you're most looking forward to this time?
IIFA is such a prestigious platform for the entire film fraternity and I'm more that honoured to be there. This is going to be my second time walking as a showstopper for the grand finale of the IIFA awards. It's been 20 golden years of IIFA and I'm really excited for the 20th year celebrations.
My gown will be by Dubai's most renowned designer Michael Cinco. It's spectacular and I'm absolutely in love with my gown!

You are very active on social media. How important is it to have an online presence today?
It's like your support system. It's a great platform to stay in touch with your fans. On the days when you're feeling a little bad, you have your fans. They are there to make you realise that you're not alone. I've also noticed that in my social media all the comments are so positive. I have no problem with trolling and stuff like that. Most of my comments and responses have always been very positive, they're always very encouraging and generally no bashing happens.
Which celebrity do you stalk online at 2am?
Elon Musk.
Which is the last Bollywood movie you saw you wish you were a part of?
Super 30 (Hrithik's role).
You have to run for an emergency shoot. What 3 things will you grab?
Myself, the right attitude and great energy!
If you could pick up only one item from Dubai Duty Free what would it be?
If you could time travel, where would you go?
Moon or some other planet, maybe Mars.
Message for KT readers
My association with Khaleej Times has been absolutely wonderful and I'd like to congratulate Mr Suhail Galadari for always being there for us. The way he has taken Khaleej Times to such heights is commendable. He's truly a man with a golden heart. We in Bollywood love Khaleej Times, especially the magazine that comes along with it and City Times!

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