Don’t go by the on-screen image that she has gained ever since her debut film Nishabd released a few years back. If Jiah Khan, one of the leading ladies of soon-to-be-released Housefull is to be believed, she is quite an introvert and doesn’t quite jump with joy when asked to wear revealing outfits. Not just that, she is candid enough to admit that though she would be seen in a two piece bikini in this Sajid Khan directed multi starrer, it isn’t everyday in her personal life that she roams around in such an outfit even during a holiday.
“Really, ever since the release of Nishabd, whenever people think of me, they believe that I would be quite comfortable wearing sexy clothes. The matter of the fact though is that this is completely untrue”, states Jiah whose only other release after Nishabd has been Ghajini where she hadn’t quite indulged in skin show.
Still, even when it comes to the reel life, Jiah isn’t quite comfortable exposing for camera. Even when a filmmaker approaches her with a ‘demand of the situation’, she needs to be fully convinced.
“The setting of Housefull is such that there was a lot of travelling required across the globe. Also, some of the key scenes are set on a beach and it was imperative that all we leading ladies got into swimwear. Now when you are on a location like this, you don’t quite roam around all covered up, right? What else would young girls wear when on beach? You have to go as per the mood and setting. It is the practical way of doing things”, details Jiah who consented to wear a two piece bikini after Sajid Khan gave her a detailed account of the situation in the film.
Though Jiah understood his point of view, it wasn’t quite easy for her to slip into the attire on the very first go. She was hesitant to begin with and was wondering how she would be presented on screen.
“It was actually quite difficult for me to wear a bikini. I am pretty demure when I am not on screen”, Jiah gives an account of her real self, “Would you believe it that in real life, and I don’t really wear bikinis even when I am on holidays. Also, frankly speaking, I don’t really have much experience with swimwear. So I had to depend upon the people from the costume department of Housefull to help me make the best choice.”
“I guess somehow the Nishabd image has stuck by me”, sighs Jiah, “The fact though is entirely different. If you come to my house, you won’t find me roaming around in hot pants. That’s not the way it works actually. But then people are in a different impression altogether and it is actually quite a task for me to make them understand that my reel life and real life are two completely different things. I am actually quite an introvert and not as ‘bindaas’ as I am perceived to be.”