Amrita Rao back to big screen after a gap of two years

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2011, 14:43 PM IST

Mumbai: Bollywood actress Amrita Rao, who will be seen on the big screen after a gap of two years with Rajshri Productions` `Love You Mr Kalakaar`, insists she wasn`t missing from B-town, but her two film projects were hit by the recession.

Amrita had AB Corporation`s `The Legend Of Kunal`, a epic drama, alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu and Arjun Rampal that was hit by recession. Besides, she had signed up for Ken Ghosh`s romantic family drama starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and her as a part of the younger generation and Rishi Kapoor and Hema Malini as the older generation.

"The two projects were supposed to be released in 2010 but due to recession both the films did not take off," Amrita told PTI in an interview.

`The Legend Of Kunal`, was a film based on the life of Kunal, the son of the Indian emperor Ashoka. King Ashoka was to be played by Amitabh Bachchan and his son Veera Kunal by Arjun Rampal. Amrita was to play Kanchanmala, Kunal`s wife.

Amrita, who was last seen in 2009 in `Short Kut: The Con` a box-office dud, said, "After `Shortkut...` the execution of these two projects was to start. But the films got shelved. So I was left only with this Rajshri`s film `Love You Mr. Kalakaar`. With the two big projects not taking off, the 29-year-old actress has no regrets, and is instead charged-up about her upcoming film. "The recession had hit the best of India. I
would have felt worse if the projects would have been stalled
after putting in efforts. So its OK," Amrita said.

The actress debuted with the film `Ab Ke baras` in 2002 but she grabbed eyeballs with her roles in Ken Ghosh?s `Ishq Vishk` and Farah Khan?s `Main Hoon Na`.

`Love You Mr Kalakaar`, the Barjatya production is a love story helmed by debutant director Manasvi, starring Amrita and Tushar Kapoor.

"It feels great to be back with Rajshri. There is so much warmth, mutual respect around when you work with them. They made me feel like a family," Amrita said.

The film will be released on May 13.

PTI