You didn’t belong to the film industry in any way but then you entered Bollywood and instantly became a huge hit. How has your experience in Bollywood been so far?
Yes, coming from a small town in Germany, it sure is a big change in my life! I came to India to discover my Punjabi roots and was instantly picked up by the film and fashion industry. A big beauty brand signed me as their brand ambassador and it became my ticket to Bollywood. I signed 5 films in my very first year and now 4 years later I’ve had an amazing ride working with the top names of Bollywood in over 12 films! It’s been nothing short of amazing and I am super thrilled to now even be a part of Imtiaz Ali’s new film with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. Life really is what you make it!
What are your thoughts on the fact that you are offered more “”sexy roles”“ and that people may typecast you into one category?
I love being offered sexy roles! Which girl doesn’t want to feel beautiful and glamorous when the world looks at her in awe? But I think people mistake me often for being this hot and sexy diva because in real life I am quite the simple girl. My most successful films like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Main Tera Hero or Yaariyan all showed me in sexy avatars, but if you see my other films like Ishqedarriyaan, From Sydney With Love or Nautanki Saala, you will see that there are more sides to Evelyn.
Name any one film you wish you had been a part of and any one type of film that you wish to do in future? What niche would you like to attach to yourself?
I am extremely happy with the movies I have been doing so far and I have a beautiful rom-com coming up with Amit Sadh in the lead which I really enjoyed acting in. I would love to work with the most amazing director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in an Indian epic someday. I am a huge fan of costume films and would love to get into a Mughal era avatar for a film.
Everyone is talking about your part in ImtiazAli’s “The Ring”. How did you land the role and how was your experience working in the film?
It’s been amazing working with Imtiaz sir! He is one of the most creative minds I’ve met in Bollywood and of course, I’ve been a fan of his movies since Jab We Met. Also, working with SRK is always fun. He is a thorough gentleman and always ready to crack a joke. Anushka is wonderful, too! I love her natural style of acting and can always learn a few things from her.
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