Amrita Puri eyeing longer innings in Bollywood

Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 13:30 PM IST

Mumbai: Basking in the glory of the critical acclaim she received in her debut film `Aisha`, actress Amrita Puri is looking forward to a longer innings in Bollywood.

"As of now it is acting that I want to do. It makes me happy. I am looking for a longer innings in Bollywood. Hope things go well," Amrita told reporters.

"I don`t have any preconceived notions in my head about what kind of roles I want to do. I am looking forward to do `meaty` roles. By that I mean that like in case of `Aisha` my
character took the story forward and I had a very significant part to play. So if it`s like a supporting role I don`t mind," the dimpled lass said.

Amrita essayed the role of Shefali Thakur in `Aisha`, a chick flick based on Jane Austen`s Emma, directed by Rajshree Ojha and starring Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol in lead roles.

Though the film did not fare too well at the box-office, it brought Amrita recognition, besides the honour of the best breakthrough performance at the Stardust awards last year. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a supporting role and the Best Debutant categories at various film awards.

"`Aisha` has put me in a very good space. I got lot of appreciation which is very heart warming. I was very happy because lots of positive things were said about my performance and I got nominated for each and every award. The film is very close to my heart since it was my first one," the 27-year-old actress said.

Amrita, daughter of HDFC Bank`s Managing Director Aditya Puri, prefers to be tight-lipped about her future assignments.

"I can`t talk about the offers I have but soon an announcement will come. I have been meeting people and reading scripts. My focus is more on films and theatre," she said.

On the Television front, she said, "As of now I am not looking for doing anything on TV be it fiction or non-fiction as it takes lot of time. I have made a conscious decision not
to do TV. Hosting is something I am interested in but not as a contestant. There have been a lot of offers from TV but I was not interested."

Amrita did, however, don the role of an intern for the promotions of upcoming show `Meri Toh Lag Gayi Naukri`.

"For a day I interned at the channel`s office and performed chores such as fetching files, bringing coffee for seniors and sending invitations among other things," she said.
The show`s essence lies in the story of the coming of age of five youngsters and their point of view on the most important phases of their lives - their first job, in a light
hearted and fun way.