May 14, 2012 12:25 IST
Sonal Chauhan, who is part of an upcoming supernatural thriller,3G opposite rumoured beau Neil Nitin Mukesh, overcame hydrophobia and learnt scuba diving -- as a preparation for her role. She also completed a swimming course at a suburban club recently.
She was hydrophobic ever since she was a child and would completely avoid stepping into the water. As the actress didn't want a stunt double to do any of her scenes, she decided to take her fear head on. As she says, "It was not as scary as I thought. I had a great fear of going into the water which I have overcome."
The actress started the initial bit of training with a scuba training instructor in Mumbai and will be completing the remainder of her training in Fiji where the film will be shot.
Being a non-swimmer, she underwent a very strict and regimented training routine for the past few months.
The training, she feels, is an essential part of her character model and she is putting her best foot forward to make it work.