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A Miss India first runner up in 1992 and also tenth in the Miss World Contest Shyla Lopez will soon be seen in writer-director-producer V. Raja Gopal's 'Boys And Girls'. Shyla says she never thought of entering movies, but 'Boys And Girls' has motivated her to agree for acting in films. Raja Gopal is making this movie in Tamil and Telugu also. We chatted with Shyla Lopez in this connection.

Excerpts of her chat:

What's your character in 'Boys And girls'?

The movie is based on the story of a widow who reportedly loses her husband in an accident. However, she suspects some foul play. She gets the matter examined by an advocate, and comes to know that her husband didn't die in an accident, but he was murdered. The witness to this brutal murder is a sixteen-year-old student. The widow joins the boy's school as a teacher and tries to woo the boy so that she can know the truth.

What motivated you for acting after so many years?

I was very contented in my life. I got offers from big banner Hindi as well as southern filmmakers. But I didn't accept them. However, this project motivated me to act in this film.

Did you come across difficulties, as you haven't got any training in acting?

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I have been modeling for15 years on the ramp and for tele commercials. I have acted in the UK and Singapore too. I act as choreographer for film shows also. All this has helped me in doing this movie.

What kept you busy all these years since your beauty contest days?

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I live in Bangalore and have been educated there. I was chosen Miss India in 1992 and later I was listed tenth in the Miss World Contest. Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea and John Abraham have been my modeling colleagues. I have been watching them shifting to films. I have done several ramp shows with Aishwarya Rai. Since my language is Kannad, I got many offers for Southern films. In fact, I had never thought of entering the arena of acting. I have cut two music albums--'Baahonme Chale Aao' and 'Aajaa Piya'.

Why aren't you ambitious in life?

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I don't want tension, pressure or headache in my life. I had no love lost for the glamour world. I want tension-free life. I am happy to have two meals a day. I would be happy if I have some money to spare for outings. In this summer, an air conditioner is good enough for me. I need nothing more. I am very happy the way I have lived.

What is your forthcoming movie?

At present, I am doing this film only so that I can do full justice with this. If I get a good role after completing this movie, I may agree to do that.


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