You had Chaarfutiye Footiye Chhokare last year, and now you have 31st October. Are you finally finding your space with such films? You have been acting since 12 years now!
It has been a while. I think, firstly, to be in this industry for twelve years and still have a film can’t be a bad thing. Lots of people become very successful in this industry and there are people who are less successful. I try not to get caught up in that race.
Can you judge success?
I don’t. I have a completely different definition of success. It’s happiness. And I don’t get happiness entirely from my career. A lot of it happiness comes from domestic bliss, from travelling the world, from reading a good book, watching a good film, playing a good game of badminton, completing a crossword… lots of things. And films are just a part of life. I am drawn to good roles. I have never really thought, and I don’t say that’s good thing, about the banner or budget of the film etc. But then, it is important to think about all that too as now films have completely become about business.
Your mother is one of the best known heroines of Hindi cinema ever. And Saif is a huge star. People obviously bring in the comparison. How do you react?
Yes, that happens. All the time, like you did just now! Of course nobody wants to be compared. Especially with people it’s difficult to compete with. So it is an unfair comparison. How do I deal with that? Beyond a point, I am honestly not affected by what other people think. I think I have a thick skin. And over time the skin has only become thicker. I am exposed to so many comments from people on any given subject. Like I put up a picture and someone will say I am becoming old, I go to a Ganpati pandal and people say something stupid. You go on social media and you will see so much. Generally I am generally not affected and I am slow to respond. You cannot provoke me. Also I really enjoy a good challenge.
How are you so calm?
It is my temperament. I don’t take things personally. I can laugh at myself and I am not so attached. I don’t care what most people think about me because I don’t care about those people. They are entitled to their opinion but they are not my husband or my mother. I care what my mother, brother or husband has to say as I am affected by them emotionally.