Mumbai: British model-actress Hazel Keech, who disappeared from the scene after starring with Salman Khan in Bodyguard, is back in action with an item number in an upcoming film. Known for her friendship with Sallu, the starlet strangely did not cash in on Bodyguard and went missing from B-Town. “I preferred to be extremely picky. I just did not want to do anything that came my way,” she says.

Sonu Sood who features in the film suggested her name for the item number. “It came my way suddenly and I had to shoot barely within a week. But when I heard the track Aa Aante Amalapuram, I loved it. I rehearsed for three days with choreographer Rajiv Surti and Ashley Rebello did the styling. Now that the song is on air everyone is noticing me all over again.”

Salman connection

During the making of Bodyguard, there was buzz that she was Sallu’s girl. “I guess any girl that he recommends has to go through this. I had met him a few years ago and he had told me that whenever there was a suitable role he would remember me. I had been in touch with him and when Bodyguard happened he found me suitable for the role of Kareena Kapoor’s friend.”

Hazel is half-British and half-Indian. “My mother’s side of the family is based in Mauritius. Her forefathers migrated to Mauritius and made it their home. I don’t have any relatives in India now. But I know Hindi and have been exposed to the Indian customs due to my mom’s side.”

Hazel has been acting since her school days in England and also did bit roles in the first three parts of the Harry Potter series. While holidaying in Mumbai six years ago, she had the opportunity to feature in the Kahin Pe Nigahen music video followed by some modelling.

She was later seen in a Tamil film Billa where her name was credited as Rose Dawn. “The makers gave me that screen name for the film!” she says. But now she prefers to stick to her real name and look for roles beyond item numbers.

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