She is the surprise element in the Aamir Khan produced 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na', which marks the debut of the superstar's nephew.
Even as the media trains its focus on Imraan and the film's female lead Genelia D'Souza in the run up to the release of the film, Manjari Fadnis, who plays a key role, has been kept far away from media glare.
''I am the surprise element of 'Jaane Tu Ya..'. I am not a part of the film's promotions as the director of the film Abbas Tyrewala (for whom the film is a debut as director), wanted my character to come as a surprise to the audience, '' said Manjari.
In a first tete-a-tete with the media, the good looking and graceful Manjari, who plays the second lead in 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, told, '' The reason I have not been seen much in the media and in the TV promos of the film despite playing a key role in it is because of the decision of the producers to keep my character as the surprise element.''
Not willing to reveal much about the character, Manjari, who earlier made a promising debut in Professor Arindham Chaudhry's 'Rok Sako To Rok Lo' following it up with critically acclaimed performances in Anjan Dutt's 'Faltu' and Vikram Bhatt's 'Mumbai Salsa', said, ''I cannot talk about my character in detail right now. I will tell about it only after the film's release
. All I can say is that I play a really romantic girl called Meghna who comes to this college where Imran is studying. She is a girl who is living in her own world, leading a sort of cocooned existence.
It is a very interesting character. All my scenes are with Imran.
Besides, I have two songs and one scene with Genelia.'' Her description of the character makes 'Jaane Tu..' seem like a love triangle.
Manjari, however, clarifies that the film is not a love triangle. ''Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na'' is not a love triangle at all. It is more of a college going thing-how relationships occur and how you never think before falling in love and realise only when you eventually fall in love, '' she said.
Asked how it felt to be away from media glare in the run up to the release of the film, which hits theatres today, Manjari said, ''I think keeping it as a surprise element works beter for my character.
In any case, I am not worried about not being promoted at all. I think the film is eventually going to do very well and people are going to see my character in a new and different light.'' Like the director Abbas Tyrewala, she also feels that her character will take people by surprise after the film's release.
''I know it will take people by surprise, '' she says.
Talking about her co-star Imran, Manjari said, ''Imran is brilliant in the film. He has a fabulous screen presence. Off the screen, Imran is an extremely nice person like and the role he plays is exactly like himself.''
For this Pune girl, whose last film 'Mumbai Salsa' did not do well even though her performance in the film was critically acclaimed, playing the second lead in 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na' definitely big break considering that it has perfectionists like Aamir and Abbas Tyrewala at its helm and is among the most awaited films of the year.
Expressing optimism about the success of 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na', whose release incidentally comes just a week before her birthday, Manjari said, ''All of us associated with the film are happy at the way it has shaped up.
More than anything else, we are happy that Aamir has loved the film. Infact, Aamir was very watchful of the film and is very proud of it.''