It was intimidating to be around Aamir: Monica Dogra

Updated: Jan 04, 2011, 09:36 AM IST

Mumbai: Newcomer Monica Dogra, who is making her debut with `Dhobi Ghat`, says though her co-star Aamir Khan is a very down to earth person, she was intimidated by his presence on the sets the movie.

"I was very nervous when I met Aamir. But I knew that I have to get over this quickly because I wanted to do a good job. It was intimidating to be around Aamir but he is so down to earth that after a while it becomes fine," Monica, who plays Shai in "Dhobi Ghat", told reporters here.

Kriti Malhotra, who essays the role of Yasmin in the film which is Aamir`s wife Kiran Rao`s directorial debut, shares a similar sentiment. It is releasing Jan 21.

"When I got this film and we went to Aamir`s place for readings and rehearsals, I was so nervous initially because I have seen almost all his films and have been such a great fan. But I got to learn a lot from him," she said.

Not just this, the actresses share another similarity - both of them never intended to get into acting.

While Monica is a professional singer, Kriti worked as a costume assistant for films. Both were selected by Kiran through unusual mediums.

"I selected Monica when I saw her pictures in a magazine and Kriti from Facebook. It was then that both were called for auditions and they were outstanding," said Kiran.