“I don't want to repeat the things I have done in films, on OTT. If I happen to do something on OTT, it will be something that cannot be done in films. There are projects that don’t work in that format. Mirzapur is a great OTT project but will not work as a film. There are topics people don’t want to go out of their houses and watch on the big screen. When it comes to films, I believe there’s no replacement,” she says.
Talking about ‘Babe Bhangra Paunde Ne’, she says, “I really liked the idea. Since I have been keen on choosing family entertainers, the film ticked all the parameters. I believe it is more enjoyable to watch such a film with your family instead of something with more gore. While choosing a character, I go with my gut. A story should excite me. If I am in the middle of an hour-long narration and if I am with the writer in the present time thinking about what will happen next, I am sold. I listen to a story as an audience too. If it intrigues me as an audience, I do the film.”
However, she feels that watching films in the theatre is the best. “I am of the opinion that there's no better way to watch a film than in theatres. I love going to the theatre. Whenever I start watching a film on OTT, it takes me 5 days to complete it. There are several domestic distractions we cannot avoid. The meaning of theatre was a larger-than-life experience, cutting away from everything that’s happening around you and living with the characters,” she says.
In fact, watching a Punjabi film in the theatre helped her fall in love with the genre. “I had gone to watch a Punjabi film titled ‘Jatt & Juliet’ which was a big hit at that time. When I walked out of the theatre, I said this is home and wondered why I didn't ever try doing Punjabi films. It just felt right,” she concludes.