Zoa Morani is feeling amused as well as hassled alternatively. Though born in a filmy family and seeing how the industry operates up, close and personal, she is now experiencing it all first hand when it comes to promoting her first film. No wonder, one thing that continues to come her way is the alleged tension that she had with her co-star Giselli Monteiro during the making of their film Always Kabhi Kabhi.
“Come on guys, give us a break. Where can we give you any ‘masala’ to munch upon when there isn’t any”, laughs Zoa when asked if she had any apprehension whatsoever with Giselli’s presence in the film since the latter has been an established model as well as one film (Love Aaj Kal) old, “There weren’t any comparisons being made at all. We were not on the sets thinking that we were actors; we were just having fun. It is such a cool time pass film and when you leave that ‘acting’ part aside, all apprehension too goes out of the window.”
This is the reason why even though one would have felt that Zoa may have received any preferential treatment on the sets due to her family’s closeness with Shah Rukh (Zoa’s father Karim Morani is a close associate and friend of the superstar), none of it deterred Giselli who is an outsider from far off Brazil.
“Zoa is my friend”, declares Giselli, “We never looked at each other as competition. In fact I am somehow managing to respond to you with a straight face without cracking up when you ask me this question. If both Zoa and I would have been in the same room, we would have burst out laughing. So sorry you gossip mongers out there; there was no cat fight amongst us.”
In fact the story goes that since Giselli has an experience of facing the camera with Saif Ali Khan, Zoa used to reach out to her for things related to not just acting but about the overall appearance in front of the camera.
“Yes, Zoa used to ask me simple things about makeup and hair. Since I also have a modelling experience, I was more than happy to help her out. I am very chilled out about such things and never thought about who amongst the two of us was looking prettier”, smiles Giselli. This is corroborated by Giselli as well, “I am happy to have someone around who has already acted in a film. Her Love Aaj Kal experience came in handy for me too. We are really good friends today. So if anyone is thinking about the sabotage theory then well, it is so misplaced.”
Aaah, now there’s too much of sugar and saccharine here.