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Payal RohatgiPayal Rohatgi is going through an image transformation
27th Sept 2007  14.00 IST
By Agencies  

Payal Rohatgi of Corporate and Dhol fame is working hard to get an image makeover.

Also, Payal has no qualms in accepting that things did go wrong in the past as her earlier films Tauba Tauba and Fun: Can Be Dangerous were branded as sleaze flicks.

"Yes, I was typecasted. But I am going through an image transformation now. It has taken about three years to get out of my previous image," avers Payal adding that she is moving ahead in her career.

Payal maintains that the process of transition hasn't been easy. "But, it's my struggle and I am fine with it," she says adding that she had an inkling that something was going wrong in her career.

"I had to face the consequences as nobody forced me into it. It was my decision. But I am happy I made those mistakes so early in her career. What if I had worked with Shah Rukh Khan and then goofed up!" quips the computer engineer-turned-actress adding that the mistakes have made her a mature person.

"I do not come from the industry. But I have realised that it's very important to work with senior directors and good production houses. It makes a lot of difference. Like in 'Dhol', I have a glamorous introduction, but it's not cheap but beautiful," Payal shares.

In the Priyadarshan directed film, she plays a club singer opposite Arbaaz Khan . "It's a good role and has added to my growth as an actress," Payal avers.

How was the experience of working with the much acclaimed director? "It was great. He's one director I worship right now," exclaims the model who featured with cricketer Virender Sehwag in an ad campaign.

"The role has turned out exactly what he had told me. I am thankful to him for that," adds Payal. Some of her earlier films including Subhash Ghai 's 36 China Town which was directed by Abbas-Mastan and Madhur Bhandarkar 's 'Corporate' were reasonably successful at the box-office. But she hasn't signed any more films as of now.

"Talks are on some films, but I'll finalise only after seeing the results of 'Dhol'," Payal says adding that she has great expectation from the film.

So what's Payal's ambition as an actress? "'Dhol' has me in the second lead. But I wish to upgrade to playing lead roles and want to be in the league of respected actresses of the industry.

"At one point of time, I would like to shoulder a film on myself. I am putting my best efforts towards it," says Payal.

"I won't say that I dream of playing etched characters like Meena Kumari's in 'Pakeezah'. Though I have seen the film 20 times but you can't compete with something as classic as that. So my focus is on doing some good work with good directors where I can grow as an actress," Payal concludes.

Payal Rohatgi
Tauba Tauba
Fun: Can Be Dangerous
Shah Rukh Khan
Arbaaz Khan
Subhash Ghai
36 China Town
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