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Payal Rohatgi moved to Mumbai after she was made it to the last nine in the Femina Miss India 2000 contest.

The computer engineer had no acting experience nor she did she have a godfather in showbiz. But that didn't stop her from considering a movie career.

She starred in forgettable films like Mahesh Manjrekar's Rakht and Hriday Shetty's Plan. Just when most Bollywood folk had written her off, she hit bull's eye with the small budget Tauba Tauba. Payal admits she took up the steamy film to get a foothold in the movie industry.

Payal is now spoken of in the same breath as Mallika Sherawat and Neha Dhupia.

News Editor (Entertainment) Syed Firdaus Ashraf spoke to Payal about her new film Fun... Can Be Dangerous Sometimes, which released last week.

People tell me audiences watch my films to see my body, and I reply that people came to see Dimple Kapadia's body in Bobby and Zeenat Aman's body in Satyam Shivam Sundaram.

An actress is a fantasy for most people. They look at actors and actresses like Gods. It depends how I can go beyond this image. I have a great belief I will grow out of it!

I know my niche has been formed in glamorous roles. Shah Rukh Khan came from television, and Rani Mukerji did Mehndi and Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat. Both of them have made it big now.

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