Ilene Hannan posed for French magazine L'Official and the next thing she knew, she was on the phone line with Pooja Bhatt.
"She asked me whether I would like to do a Bollywood film," Ilene says. "I was taken aback by her offer. I didn't know how to react."
The South African model was roped into Pooja's next film, Rog, co-starring Irrfan and Suhel Seth.
"I told Pooja I had only done television commercials and had no acting background," she says. "But she was very sweet and explained that acting was the next step to commercials. She told me that acting was all about giving the right expressions on screen and the rest was taken care of."