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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cinema is not my priority: Malaika Arora Khan

Which is why Malaika Arora Khan is happy just shaking a leg in filmi songs
By her own admission, Malaika Arora Khan has not been to Bangalore in a long while. But her most recent trip, she says, could not have come at a more opportune time, though it is a rather whistle-stop tour. "The weather is just lovely here and there's a nip in the air," she says, adding, "I wish I had more time to be here and enjoy some good food. The last time I was here, my friends took me to a place on MG Road where you get fabulous thali meals. I guess that'll have to wait till the next time I'm here."
Would that be in the near future, given that her husband Arbaaz Khan is making a debut in Sandalwood as the villain in Dinesh Gandhi's Chatrapathi? "Sure, why not? I have already done a special number in the south with Mahesh Babu in Athithi, so I am open to doing work here," says Malaika, who pauses for a few moments to pose for the BT lens. Her skyscraper heels make it difficult for her to walk, but she gets her assistant to hold her as she gingerly walks down a short flight of steps and strikes a few more poses.
With every heroine worth her salt trying to outdo each other with groovy item numbers in their films - think Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Mallika Sherawat, among others, - would the original item girl consider shifting gears and doing full-fledged movie roles? She laughs in reply, "Oh no, I am happy where I am. I have always been clear that cinema is not my priority and that my family is. I'm more than glad doing the occasional special number and basking in its glory. But I wouldn't mind trying a full-fledged role as a one-off thing," says Malaika, who'll be seen in a cameo in Housefull 2. "I'm also doing an item number called Anarkali Disco Chali for the film, for which I got to work with Farah Khan again and dance with Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Mithunda," she adds.
Malaika's other upcoming big project is Arbaaz's home production Dabangg 2, which will see him turn from being just producer to director as well. "The project means a lot to Arbaaz and there's a lot riding on him. I'm hoping to be able to chip in with the back-end work once we start rolling early next year. Whether I get to work in the film is yet to be worked out," she says, adding that since her film work is nicely spaced out, she's also been able to sign up for a weekly judging spot for a dance show on TV.
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