Why did you come aboard Life Express?
The subject—the relationship between a surrogate mother (played by Divya Dutta) and a corporate woman (that’s me)—attracted me. It is an extremely challenging role.
Reports said you didn’t get along....
We gelled professionally and personally.
You are doing Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji...
Working with Madhur was an experience of a lifetime. Both he and Ajay (Devgan) made me comfortable on the sets.
You are also acting in Leander Paes’s debut film. Any tips for him?
If he needs any tips, I’ll be glad to help!
Are you open to TV roles?
My plate is full, I haven’t thought about TV.
How different is it working in Calcutta and Mumbai?
Bengali films have offered me roles to cherish. Now the Hindi film industry is giving me roles I was looking for, I hope to get the same love and appreciation from a much wider audience.
How do you strike a balance between them?
People know me as an actress thanks to Bengali films, so quitting is out of the question. In Mumbai, I’m working with directors like Madhur Bhandarkar, Priyadarshan, Amol Palekar and David Dhawan. So I divide my time as required.
As a national award winner, how do you react to the view that these days the awards aren’t always conferred on the deserving?
It’s the most prestigious award for films, and it’s childish to challenge it without proof.
Do you think a national release (like Mithun Chakraborty’s Shukno Lanka) means greater acceptability for Bengali films?
Of course. It means wider audience, better revenues that augur well for the regional industry.
What are your upcoming projects?
Dunno Y... Na Jaane Kyun, SRK, Darde Disco and Bas Ek Tamanna to name a few.