Tired of being labelled the girl-next-door, Bollywood actress Amrita Rao is out to prove that she can be hot and sexy. Aiding her in her mission is her role in ShortKut: The Con Is On, alongside Akshaye Khanna.
"I have always been described as the cute girl-next-door material. But with this movie, I want to show people the girl-next-door can be hot and chic. The drabness that is often associated with girl-next-door will not be seen here," says Rao. She sought the help of designer Manish Malhotra to nail the sexy look.
Malhotra is known for resurrecting many actresses' careers with his signature styling. He single handedly catapulted Urmila Matondkar into a sex symbol by styling her in hit film, Rangeela.
"The best thing about Manish is that he designed clothes after understanding my personality and my body type. It's been such a great experience. Not all designers bother with such details," says Rao.
So does that mean Rao will be sporting bikinis to drive home her new empowered self?
"No. I am not wearing any bikinis because there is no scope for it. I have been cast to play Akshaye's wife. So it just wouldn't be right."
Rao, who is best known for her holier-than-thou role in Vivaah, is itching shed her virginal image.
"It is so frustrating when people stereotype or typecast you. Fortunately Anilji [Anil Kapoor, producer of ShortKut] did not fall into that bracket. He knew I could pull off a glamorous role."