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Smriti Mishra: Thriving on the French connection
19th Feb 2001   20.02 IST
By N K Deoshi  

She is dubbed as Indian cinema's next Smita Patil. Yet Smriti Mishra has a greater fan following in France than in India!

Her debut film "Jaya Ganga" was an Indo-French production directed by an expatriate Indian, Vijay Singh for whom France is a home now. The movie was a big hit in France and ran for over two years --a triumphant 49-week run in Paris alone. In India, however it could not be released commercially, and few were able to see it during the film festivals.

It was, however, a remarkable feat for a girl who never planned to be an actress in the first place. An anonymous girl who hails from the sleepy town of Banaras to make her mark in Europe. But Smriti's tryst with France is not over yet.

For, she is Vijay Singh's choice to play the female lead in his next celluloid venture "One Dollar Curry". To be made with a budget of 30 million francs, the film will have both Indian as well as French actors.

"One Dollar Curry" is about an Indian who, while living in France, battles his way to the top in the catering business. The film, its title and its subject come as a surprise considering that Vijay's earlier film dealt with the serious subject of incarnation and personality split.

Smriti, however, is euphoric about having bagged the film. "I Believe in knowing the film inside out-- what the director has on mind, and what my character demands," says Smriti.

As for Hindi films, we will soon see her opposite the famous ramp walker Arjun Rampal in Shantanu Shorey's "Jadh".