Hailing from Russia, Kristina Akheeva had been globe trotting as a model before she signed her first film with the Deols. She shares her experience of shooting for Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 with The Indian Express.
Launch Vehicle: It''s my debut on the silver screen and I am very excited about it. My character is a half Indian-half British girl, who lives in the UK and plays Sunny Deol''s love interest.
Stepping Stone: I was born in Russia, and then I moved to Australia at a young age. Five and a half years before Yamla Pagla Deewana, I was a globetrotting model. I spent one year in India in 2010, when I modelled for various brands. I came back to Mumbai this year to complete my last stint as a model before focussing full time on acting.
First Shot: It was absolutely nerve-wracking. My main concern was to deliver the Hindi dialogues correctly. I did have a lot of pronunciation problems initially, but after that, my confidence grew dramatically.
Matinee Idols: I''m a big fan of Dharmendra. I got the opportunity to work with him in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. He is a thorough professional, a true perfectionist and a very humble human being. I learnt a lot from him.
Future Projects: At present I''m focusing on Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 as there are still some portions to be shot and we have to dub for it too. Regarding films, there have been a few offers coming my way, but I will talk about it at the right time.