New Delhi: Southern superstar Ileana D'Cruz, who is making her Bollywood debut with 'Barfi', says the delay in the film threw her off initially. The film got delayed but Ileana, who is sharing screen space with Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, says it was worth the wait.

"When you are excited to do a film, you definitely look forward to a quick release as well. But when it takes longer than expected, it does bother you. It wasn't any different for me. When 'Barfi' was getting pushed ahead, it did throw me off a little initially. However, I consoled myself by thinking that whatever happens is for the best."

Directed by Anurag Basu, the film hits theatres tomorrow and Ileana is happy to get noticed in the promos. "It was all worth it and the whole experience of shooting was so beautiful. I got more time to focus on the film as well as the character that allowed me to better my own act."

Ileana is happy that she is a recognised face in Bollywood thanks to her body of work down south but the actress says 'Barfi' is completely different from her earlier films.

"I want people to look at me with fresh perspective. Reason being that if you watch my South films and then see 'Barfi!', you may be disappointed in case you are carrying
similar expectations. 'Barfi!' is very different from my South films. This one is more thought provoking and is about philosophy of life."

Ileana is now curious to see how audience reacts to the film.

"I have actually become very anxious now. The film is very unconventional and different. It is my debut in Bollywood and even though I have been doing films down South for six years, this is for the first time that I am enacting a character like this. It has been a long journey doing this film and a huge learning experience."

(Agencies)

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