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New auraizons - Perizaad Zorabian
Iranian by origin, Perizaad Zorabian trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Performing Arts, US, before dabling in theatre. Aiming to be a leading entrepreneur and assist her dad in the family poultry business, she completed her MBA. Accepting modelling offers as a lark, she eventually landed up doing Bollywood Calling, her debut feature film. It opened for her the door to Bollywood! yet to be offered a substantial role.

But rather than wait for Lady Luck to strike again, she has taken the reins of her career in hand, and decided to give Hollywood a shot. After all, having played Indira Gandhi in the Chinese film Bandung Sonata, international cinema isn't a new playing field for the actress.

After Jogger's Park fared well at the box-office, thigs must've changed for the better...

Wish that was the case! But in spite of beig offered 22 scripts till date, I've yet to be offered a substantial role. After working in a Subhash Ghai film, I'm being taken more seriously now, but nothing concreate has happened after the release of Jogger's Park.

Why?

I'm aware that to be a 'Hindi film heroine', I've got to shed many complexes that I'm still a victim of. Rejection is my biggest fear. Since the work I did till date came to me on a platter, I never experienced rejection. Though I want to work with the best of filmmakers, I'm scared to approach them. And I know to do better stuff. I need to get moving meet the right breaks, but I'm working on myself. Also, since I've worked with the best of banners and with nice people, I'm scared of venturing out and becoming vulnerable to being propositioned. Since I don't know the ways of the profession, I'm scared I'll be taken advantage of.

Is it wise to be so selective this early in your career?

Having worked with the best filmmakers at the onset of my career, I can't do mediocre stuff and get slotted in the lower rung. I don't want to be just another rat in the race. Thought I feel damn insecure by being left out, I'm not going to let the fear and paranoia make me sign films I don't believe in. Sometime back I signed a film out of sheer insecurity knowing well I wasn't satisfied with te script. But it bothered me tremendously. Well I soon returned the signing amount to the producer. Look, today I've earned dignity and respect for my choice of films. If people call me a role mode, it's because I've signed prestigious banners. I've already carved a niche for myself by doing good work.

For the type of films you've chosen, it's but natural for people to conclude that you're not 'commercial enough'....

That's way I've just finished shooting an item song for Satya Bol. It was for my first director, Sanjay Upadhyay of Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye fame.Alisha Chinai has sung it. The song has got a Chicago feel to it.

What is it that petrifies you the most about this profession?

Its insecurity an unpredictability disturbs me the most. One hit, and you're a hot star! A few flops later, you're catering to millions of people with diverse mindsets, it's tough to please everyone.

Well, what's the one thing you'd like to change about yourself?

I have unrealistic expectations from myself and that's why I pressurize myself to deliver all the time. That's because I've been the best in all that I've done, be it at school, in college, my MBA. But films is one profession where sheer hard work alone does not pay. Alot depends on one's ability to indulge in public relations... plus many other factors.

What films you have on hand?

There's Raghavendra Rao's Morning Raaga with Shabana Azmi and Prakash Rao, Tanuja Chandra's Stardust with Manisha Koirala, Rati Agnihotri and Amrita Arora, besides Piyush Pandya's Arranged Marriage which will be shot in the US in the summer of 2004.

What went wrong with your relationship with your relationship with your boyfriend?

I've know Yohan Pedder, my first crush, since I was eight. We went together to school and college. We even did our MBA together. I split with him because I didn't kknow what I wanted from life. I neither knew what profession I wanted to choose nor which part of the globe I wanted to settle in. I felt it would be unfair to keep him hanging on in a serious relationship when I wasn't sure what I wanted in Life.

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