Model-actor Geeta Basra is back to what she loves doing. She is now enjoying the process of rediscovering herself in front of the camera. And she is gung ho about her second innings.
Talking about it, she says, “I m fortunate and I still have a long way to go.” For somebody who was interested in studying criminal psychology, how did acting happen? “Yes, I was studying psychology as the human mind has always fascinated me. But then acting is nothing new for me. I first performed on stage when I was just two years old. I also did theatre in school. My family has been very supportive in letting me follow my passion,” says Geeta who lived in UK before shifting to Mumbai.
Does she miss having a Godfather in the industry? “It’s always nice to have somebody to give you the right advice and guidance. That can be of great help, but then feel it’s also a challenge to carve a niche for yourself in this competitive world on your own. I am happy doing that.” How difficult was it for her to shift from UK to Mumbai? “The film industry has always opened its arms to people from different parts of the world. I have always felt comfortable here from the very beginning. Film making has changed over the years and it has been for the better. So, now it’s easy for youngsters with no filmi family background.”
Geeta Basra will be seen next on screen in Arshad Warsi’s next movie titled Calling Joe Bhi Carvallho (she plays a supporting actress role). Basra will also be seen in the film Bhaiyaji Superhit.
What are the big lessons she learnt from the struggles of her early years in the entertainmentindustry? “Nothing is permanent. You have to be patient. I was probably the most impatient person in the world. The film industry has taught me to be patient,” says Geeta who had also featured in a much popular international music video.
No matter how hard she tries, it’s difficult for her to ignore all the hoopla surrounding her relationship with cricketer Harbhajan Singh. Though she starts by saying, “Why not talk about my professional life? There’s so much talk about my personal front.” And then she adds, “The media got me married to Harbhajan Singh so many times that finally I have lost count of it. Marriage is nothing to hide. When the time comes, I will let the world know about my marriage.”
So, what does she have to say about Harbhajan Singh? She says, “All that I can say Harbhajan Singh is a very close person in my life.” Considering that television is so big these days, does she want to be a part of the small screen? “I have not given television a thought. Right now, I want to concentrate on my film career.”
So, when she’s not working, what keeps her busy? “I love watching films, playing sports. I also love painting, drawing and travelling. The best part of our job is that we get to see the world as part of our work.”