At the time when Kites was creating a furor almost each day on courtesy the alleged liaison between the lead pair, Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori, the third vertex of this love triangle, Ranaut, was missing. While Roshan and Mori went all out, appearing at various parties, film events and even at the Cannes Croisette, arm-in-arm.
Now Ranaut’s back, she adorns Roshan’s arm at the shutterbug-friendly parties. More rumours alleged she protested to Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik’s producer/director father. But Ranaut denies anything of the sort happened. “That would have been very petty of me, don’t you think?” she asks sincerely. “I think everyone involved with the film wants it to do well and hopes it is a hit. The film’s producers and marketers have a better take on how a film needs to be promoted.” One of the most awaited releases of next year, Kites has been chiefly shot in Mexico with Roshan as the protagonist who plays a salsa teacher. Mori is paired opposite the heartthrob as a Spanish dancer. “Kites is a love story between Barbara and Hrithik. I play his student,” says the 22-year-old, mighty happy to have had to train in the “sexy” dance form.
But it isn’t unusual for even good dancers to lose their nerve when expected to match steps with the perfectionist that Roshan is. “It was hard work indeed. Hrithik would teach me the steps and we would practice till I had perfected each move. I would try to match, match and match his lithe, but often, by the time I would get it, he would have come up with another creative inspiration, sometimes abandoning the initial one we’d worked on!” Ranaut rues.
Mori, on the other hand, helped her learn Spanish. “The movie is multilingual — a mix of Hindi,
English and Spanish. Though I don’t have any dialogues in Spanish, it was extremely sweet of Barbara and her family to introduce me the basics of the language,” gushes the petite actress.
Looking at the films she has in her kitty — Anees Bazmee’s No Problem, Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, Tanu Weds Manu with Madhavan, Actor that stars Amitabh, and an untitled film opposite Sanjay Dutt — the leggy actress has certainly moved on from her “suicidal tendencies”.
“One benefit of doing light-hearted roles is that even if you get into the skin and mindset of the character, it does not emotionally impact you as much,” she laughs.
Single again after her break-up with Adhyayan Suman, Ranaut is back to being one of the most eligible senoritas in the industry. And she is out to prove that she is living it up — she’s bought herself a swishy Beemer and a big diamond to boot. She may be over her ex but has the break-up made her vow off “struggling actors”? “Never say never. So I don’t know what I might or might not do in the future,” she says. “But at present, I’m just enjoying being single, not looking for a man, and am enjoying hanging out with my girlfriends and having fun.”