What made you choose to star in this film?
"There are a few directors who you want to work with on the basis of their talent and their reputation. In this film it was definitely a case of that with Farah. Luckily for me there were a lot of things that I found challenging in terms of the songs and the level of the dancing expected. In terms of the character, I thought it was a very funny look at a lot of the stereotypes that are put onto actresses. I think it was about completely agreeing with Farah's perception of the character and her lines and what she wanted her to do. It was one of those lucky instances where I completely got what she was saying and thought it was really funny."
Have you based your character on any of your own experiences in the Hindi film industry?
"I hope not, because my character's main problem in the movie is that she is obsessed with cinema for all the wrong reasons. She is obsessed with the glamour, the make-up and the costumes and people looking at her, and not really with the acting or the scenes. So it is a fun take on the stereotypes of actresses."
What was the most challenging aspect of working on the production?
"I think the songs, because I had not worked with Farah for many years, and her songs are always hugely talked about and they have always been a focal point. Especially the songs the girls have done like Sushmita Sen's 'Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha' in Main Hoon Na and Deepika's [Padukone] introduction song in Om Shanti Om. All her movies have that one really special song for the girls and I didn't want to let anyone down. I was very nervous about it and put in those hours to make sure I did the best that I could."
You were recently crowned 'Hottest Woman in the World'. Do you think that in this film the emphasis is on sexuality rather than beauty?
"I think half of these polls are anyways done with a little bit of humour and I don't think people take them too seriously. In terms of the films, I would still like to think it is about beauty and not sexuality. That's what I have in my mind. I'm the one performing the song, and Farah has conceptualised it, and the words Farah describes to me are about loving and enjoying the dance. It's about energy and about confidence."
Do you ever feel uncomfortable about any of the dance moves you are asked to perform?
"If I was working with those kinds of people then I would have been making the wrong decisions. I don't think a woman is ever going to have a problem with something Farah Khan comes up with. She is India's leading choreographer, so I don't think you can reach that position by doing anything which is questionable or undignified."
How does it feel whenever you come back to London, after eight years based in Mumbai?
"It's always nice to get back here. My sisters live up in Whetstone, so whenever I get the time I try to come here and spend time with them."
How do you feel about meeting your UK fans?
"I am really excited about that. I think it is the first time we have done an interaction like this in the UK. I am really looking forward to it and I think we will have a good time."
Do you have any questions that you would like to ask them?
"I think I would be interested to know what they would like to see in the movies, and what are the kind of movies they are most excited about. Is there a particular genre which they always look forward to, and what is that one instinct you have when you see a promo? Do you decide on that first day if this is a film you want to see?"
You have done many films with Akshay Kumar. What was your reaction when you knew that you would be working with him again?
"(Laughs) I had to be brought to set screaming and kicking."
Tees Maar Khan is released in the UK and US on December 22, and in India on December 24.