I feel like a newcomer: Sangeeta Bijlani

Mumbai: Former beauty queen and actress Sangeeta Bijlani is fully geared to get ‘back into the groove’ of the Hindi film industry, where she's making a comeback with Shab after almost two decades.
She is excited about her new innings, and says she feels like a newcomer.
Last seen in a Hindi film in 1996, Sangeeta will now appear in Onir's Shab. Here are excerpts from the interview:

What made you take the plunge again after 19 years?
It wasn't planned that way. It isn't as if I wasn't getting any offers. I've been getting movie offers for quite some time now. Somehow, I wasn't sure I wanted to act in movies again. I didn't know whether I'd be comfortable with the idea.

Does the idea of facing the camera again make you uncomfortable?
No, not at all. I've always been very comfortable facing the camera. I've been there for so many years. Although I was out of the public domain for so many years, the relationship with the camera didn't end. It was dormant.

What prompted you to take up a movie offer?
I met Onir a year and a half ago at my friend Anita Dongre's fashion show. He kept asking me why I didn't return to movies. We were from the same group and he kept asking me to get back in the movies. Then he came up with the script of Shab. He suggested I just read it. I did. And I was hooked. Onir wants me to play a powerful diva. At the same time, he wanted someone who looks
vulnerable and soft. IANS
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