Indo-Asian News Service
Was your decision to turn producer dictated by the lack of challenging opportunities as
Not at all. I wanted to broaden my horizons as a cinema person. I love movies and I want my involvement with the medium to increase. Not that Iâ€™m moving away from acting. But I do want to turn producer and may be direct my films later on.
What do you think has gone wrong with your selection of roles recently?
I donâ€™t know. Iâ€™ve always chosen by instinct. Sometimes for the director, sometimes for the role, if not for both. In my last two films, Escape From Taliban and Market, I loved my roles. The set-up and treatment werenâ€™t up to the mark. But when you take on a film youâ€™ve no clue how itâ€™ll finally shape up. At least Market made money. People liked me in it. I agree these arenâ€™t on par with my earlier films (Bombay and Dil Se).
But Iâ€™m not unhappy with the quality of my work. This year I may take on a couple of offers. But I wonâ€™t do anything that doesnâ€™t excite me as an actress. Otherwise Iâ€™m quite happy with my life as a producer. I may not take up acting offers. For me right now, production is far more interesting and challenging.
Is Paisa Vasool a chick flick?
Well, itâ€™s an all-girls fun film! Usually women-oriented subjects are weepy and burdened with a social message. Why canâ€™t ladiesâ€™ pictures be fun? When I heard Srinivas Bhashyamâ€™s script I immediately agreed to produce his film. We share similar views on cinema. I knew weâ€™d make a good team and we did. Iâ€™m very happy with Paisa Vasool.
What was it like working with Sushmita Sen?
Really, really wonderful. She suits her role perfectly. It requires her to do comedy and sheâ€™s very good at it. Sushmita is a very warm person in real life. Choosing her to do the film was the best thing I could do for myself. We became sort of friends during the shooting. But then we both have our own lives. I canâ€™t claim weâ€™re as good buddies in real life as weâ€™re in Paisa Vasool.
Is it difficult for two actresses to be friends?
Not at all. I get along very well with Tabu, Preity Zinta and, of course, Sushmita. Whenever we meet thereâ€™s a major bonding among us. Initially when I started I did face some unpleasantness from my female co-stars. In fact I did a whole film where I was the victim of petty rivalry from the other actress and her family. Thereâ€™re insecure actresses around. But I could never understand why. Everyone has her own space. So why grudge someone her success?
Youâ€™ve given Sushmita the better role in your home production?
Thatâ€™s true. Her role is far more interesting and vibrant. If I wasnâ€™t the producer Iâ€™d have wanted her role. I play this docile, inhibited, bespectacled girl. Sush is the glamorous one. Iâ€™m the Plain Jane. Itâ€™s a very entertaining comic thriller. But it has no romantic leads. Sush and I are the heroes of Paisa Vasool. Trust me, the audience wonâ€™t miss the romantic duets at all.
Where do you stand as an actress?
Iâ€™m supposed to play (late Indian prime minister) Indira Gandhi. But that project is in a bit of a financial trouble.
Were you going to get your nose shaped like Gandhi for the role?
Thatâ€™s a little far-fetched! This rumour is very amusing. I wonâ€™t change my nose for a role.
What do we see you in after this?
Iâ€™ve Aruna Rajeâ€™s Tum and a film called Anjane. Thatâ€™s it. I liked working with Aruna Raje. After all these years, Iâ€™ve finally worked with a female director. Sheâ€™s a very positive person. Iâ€™ve met Kalpana Lajmi and Aparna Sen. But so far nothing has materialised.
What else is happening?
As for settling down, I donâ€™t know when that will happen. But my current relationship seems more permanent than the others. Hopefully it will lead to marriage.