Controversy is her middle name and she lives up to that title with gusto. But it’s Yana’s sense of humour that really stands out about her. She shrugs off her latest scandal with a laugh, saying “I’m the panty-less girl! I simply wasn’t expecting the issue to blow up like that. I just thought, ‘keep your legs crossed, no big deal,’ but it wasn’t that simple. But being in this industry, you learn that these things come and go all the time. You can stress yourself out or let them be.”
That apart, Yana’s had a finger in several pies so far. From modeling, to acting and now, a music album and a book. “The music album is all set to release in March. It’s been described as a cross between Bjork and Norah Jones,” says Yana, adding that her book will be out by December this year. “I don’t want to reveal the title, but it’s about how to love your body. I believe that the most important thing is to love yourself exactly the way you are.”
Being in an industry where physical perfection is everything, this is a lofty ideal. “I’m not perfect,” says Yana, “But then, who is? It’s more about what’s going on in your head than what’s happening outside.”
Today, as beautiful women from all over the world are taking Bollywood by storm, queueing up to do item numbers in films, Yana can contend herself with the fact that she’s the real deal, the woman behind the trend. “I have talent, no doubt,” she agrees and adds, “But it’s also about timing and meeting the right people. It’s vital to be in the right place at the right time.”
Yana has, on more than one occasion, talked about getting into films with more than just an item number. Is she going to take that further? “I want the right film,” comes the reply promptly. “I remember meeting a director for a film in which I was supposed to be one of the main characters and he told me I didn’t have many dialogues. They just wanted me to run up and down the beach in a bikini. People want to cast me for my sex appeal,” she says. So what’s the role she’s looking for? “I want to play somebody real, who goes through really challenges. I’d prefer a completely non-glamourous role.