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Pooja and Sammir
The Record meets the stars of Rajshri Productions’ landmark 50th film ‘Uuf Kya Jadoo Mohabbat Hai’.

This 19-year-old might be a newcomer to films, but she isn’t a complete novice to the glam world. Her mum is actress Anita Kanwal and it looks like this teenager has been taking the right lessons in how to be a star.

The film Uuf Kya Jadoo…
It’s a sweet romantic film. It’s a love story, a musical with amazing music. A lot of it is based on dance. There’s a lot of Western dance in this film and it’s really very sweet. It’s a very ‘feel good’ film basically.

The drill for the newcomer…
I got into this film at short notice so I didn’t have much time. I have been training in jazz dance for six years now. But along with shooting we did a lot of things – voice modulation, workshops, dance class continued. So a lot of these activities were happening along with shooting.

Reality of being a star…
It didn’t surprise me – but when you hear it and feel it, it is different. I was prepared for it to be difficult, but yeah the first time I had to be freezing at three in the morning and shooting in four degrees cold, or with 104 fever…that’s when I realised how tough it was. My mom never let me feel that it’s just glamorous out there. But it’s really tough to smile sometimes when you don’t want to.

Did You Know?

  • When Pooja originally auditioned for the film, they thought she looked too young for the part. One and a half years, and a particular troublesome actress later she was spotted again by the casting crew. This time fit just right in.
This 22-year-old cutie is no newbie to glamour. 15 commercials, over six music videos and a few South films later, Bollywood should be a breeze.

The character he plays…
I play the role of this boy Yash who lives in Simla. He’s a 19-year-old from college but what sets him apart is that he has his head screwed on his shoulders, he has ambition and he knows what he wants in life. Youngsters don’t necessarily know at that age what they want to do, but he is sure. He wants to build a Yash Dance Academy.

The film is about…
The movie is about first love, about innocence. It’s something that any other boy goes through with his first love. It’s something that everyone will connect with. The ‘she loves me, she loves me not’, ‘should I tell her, today, tomorrow’ - that kind of thing. And there’s a lot of music and dance in it.

On camera bloopers…
This is not a funny story but it’s something I’m never going to forget because I fell off the bike. Our film starts with a song and I was shooting a downhill shot. I fell off and it went crashing down. It’s something I’m never going to forget. I got off without a scratch. I got back on to the bike for the shot, but I was very cautious after that. And it showed. So they didn’t keep the shot because I looked so conscious. I re-did it later.

Did You Know?

  • Samir is a national level roller skater and they incorporated this talent into the film. He also studies piano and gave his Grade One exam for Trinity College of London.

You can read the rest of our feature on Pooja and Sammir in the May 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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