What's her secret?

FAMILIES CAN'T get more more star-packed than hers. Her grandmom, mom, dad, and aunt have all been acclaimed actors. And her sister, cousins and brother-in-law are superstars in their own right.

But ask Tanisha if she receives acting tips from any of them, and she says, I'm not giving out all my secrets.

But she isn't as secretive when it comes to talking about her forthcoming films.

One Two Three by Kumar Mangat (who, incidentally, was Kajol's manager before he turned producer) is her next project and Tanisha says she accepted the film mainly because Mangat is a family friend. "Kumarji is family to us. And when someone close to the family offers you a role, you trust him blindly, she says. It's for this film that she's shot a disco number on a set that reportedly cost Rs one crore and has 1,500 dancers. Ganesh Acharya has choreographed it beautifully. And the yellow outfit I'm wearing in the song is all over the place," laughs Tanisha.

She's also kicked about the much awaited RGV film Sarkar Raj for it's Tanisha and not Aishwarya who's playing Abhishek Bachchan's better half in the sequel to Sarkar. In Sarkar I played the character of Avanti, the adopted child. My character in Sarkar Raj is a continuation of that. I play Abhishek's wife in the film, confirms Tanisha. And she is excited about speaking her mother tongue, Marathi, in the film. Most of it is in Hindi, but there's a smattering of Marathi, she says. It was easy for me to speak it since I converse with my mom and my maids in Marathi.

Surprisingly, Tanisha isn't part of brother-in-law Ajay Devgan's home production You, Me Aur Hum. "My brother-in-law is always looking out for me and I go to the sets of the film whenever I can. But he felt that the film didn't have a role for me. So it was a conscious decision taken between him and me," explains Tanisha.

She also does a bit of explaining in her bid to clear reports of her unfriendly behaviour with her co-stars. The only one she's been friendly with is co-star Upen Patel. "I aim to be as professional as I can on the sets. As a woman, I need to be extra cautious about my demeanour. But I'm polite to everyone since it's important to get along with your co-stars. I share a professional, friendly relationship with Upen and Abhishek. At the end of the day, you can't lie to the camera," she says.

Tanisha fiercely guards her personal life from the public eye, and doesn't even want to comment on her relationship with her niece Nysa. As for rumours of her split with actor Uday Chopra, whom she was reportedly getting engaged to, she says, "I won't dismiss rumours. Right now I'm concentrating on my career and don't want to discuss my personal life. All I can say is that I'm a single, independent woman."

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