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Shuttler to item girl
- Court to camera

Hyderabad, Feb. 1: From badminton’s glamour girl to movieworld’s item girl — Jwala Gutta is warming up to dazzle on a different turf.

Come April, the 29-year-old women’s doubles gold medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games will be seen shaking a leg in an item number in the Telugu film, Gunde Jaari Gallantghaindi.

“They say it is a special song. I like the moves and shakes. The lyrics have me talking about my game,” said Jwala, who will be seen dancing and singing in a royal blue outfit in a nightclub.

Before the cameras rolled, Jwala — daughter of a Telugu father (Kranti Gutta) and Chinese mother (Yelan Tseng) — had to work really hard. “I had to rehearse for a week,” she said, making it clear she wasn’t complaining despite having to work a 12-hour shift on her first day on the set.

“If filmmakers approach me with more songs, or item numbers as they call it, I’m cool with it. I’m game,” said the shuttler, who finds playing badminton much easier than facing the arc lights.

Having been approached by several filmmakers earlier, Jwala wasn’t surprised when she got an offer for this film, the directorial debut of K. Vijay Kumar, she said at a news conference in Hyderabad yesterday.

According to Nikhitha Reddy, the producer of the film that stars upcoming actors Nithin and Nitya Menon, Jwala has done a good job. “Jwala was nervous in front of the camera, but she is a quick learner and is very active on the sets. The chemistry between the two (Jwala and Nithin) is cute. And she dances very well too.”

The shuttler, who has been taking a break since the London Olympics, is expected to be back on the court soon. “I will be playing tournaments from February-end onwards,” she said.