At this time, on the event of her birthday, ETimes bought in contact together with her for an unique interview the place she opened up about being a film buff, her movies, and her journey in Bollywood thus far. Excerpts…
You latterly accomplished 19 wonderful years in Bollywood. How did that occur?
Apparently, it occurred inside the identical 12 months (2000) of me successful Miss Asia Pacific Worldwide. I had began getting gives of movies whereas I used to be Miss India. I used to be turning all of them down as a result of I used to be getting ready for the worldwide contest.
Mr Anupam Kher met my mother and father and satisfied them that Bollywood is just not an enormous dangerous world. He informed them that there are good and type human beings there too. I feel my mother and father had been simply petrified that they didn’t know anyone from the trade and that I’d be on their own. It’s the identical form of trepidation that I feel any mother and father would have. Lastly, Anupam sir satisfied my mother and father and so they accepted. I moved to Bombay in 2001. And earlier than the tip of the 12 months, I already had three releases. It was a roller-coaster 12 months.
How was your expertise taking pictures for a movie?
It was superb. I used to be filming for 4 movies. It was actually exhausting work. I used to be travelling from one movie’s set to a different, leaping flights to advertise a movie after which coming again to shoot for an additional. All this set me up for all times. After that, all the pieces I did felt very simple. So much was happening.
The primary movie that I signed was ‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein’, my second movie was with Salman Khan and the third with Arjun Rampal, then the fourth was with Vivek Oberoi. I labored with a number of the greatest producers within the nation. And tragically, all these movies bombed. Sure, ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ went on to change into a cult movie.
What was your mother and father’ response after the discharge of your movies?
My mother and father had been simply shocked. All the pieces simply stored taking place. They couldn’t consider that their child had discovered her personal area. My mom realised how emotionally daunting this may be and that I wanted her assist. She was shuttling between Hyderabad and Mumbai. I used to be 21-year-old after I misplaced my father. It was a really exhausting blow for me. I bear in mind the second when my father felt the proudest about what I used to be doing. He visited me in Mumbai to spend time with me and he stopped exterior the entrance door of my home that I had purchased after I was all of 19. He noticed his identify on the nameplate of the door and that’s when it form of hit.
How has your journey been within the trade thus far?
I needed to give myself some exhausting grinding halts as a result of I wasn’t raised to be aggressive or to be part of a bunch. Each time I felt overwhelmed with what was taking place round me, I took a step again and internalized what to do subsequent and easy methods to transfer ahead. And each the instances that I did this, it actually helped me tremendously.
The primary time I did it, I made a decision to begin my manufacturing firm and deal with making movies. It was incredible as a result of it allowed me to study the nuance of filmmaking and I realised how passionate I used to be in direction of the craft of storytelling.
The second time I did was after I realised the form of movies I needed to do weren’t coming my approach and due to the setbacks that a number of the movies failing had brought on in my profession, I tended to seek out no matter was the very best. I used to be principally doing no matter made the very best sense on the time. I realised I ought to supply extra so I took a step again, I took a break. I took performing workshops and spent plenty of time on the bottom and interacting with folks. I do know that it made a distinction to my craft and my potential to know and reply to the characters.
Had been you a film buff throughout your childhood?
I completely liked the films. My naani (maternal grandmother) was really a real film buff. She would full all her home chores and on Sundays, she would go to the cinema home and watch a film. Once I was rising up, my mom would inform me about my grandma and she or he would make it a degree to observe movies.
I grew up watching traditional black and white films, and movies at Hyderabad Youngsters’s movie festivals. So I used to be uncovered to a wide range of cinema. I began watching the industrial cinema after I was 13 or 14 with my pals. We watched movies like, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!’, ‘Rangeela’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. I used to return again from movies and dance on Sridevi’s ‘Mere Haatho Mein Nau Nau Chudiya Hai’ and all of Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla songs. I used to entertain our employees with my dance on Bollywood numbers. My large dream as a baby was to bop on a stage. I by no means imagined that I’d be dancing on the display screen.
You’re an actor, a producer, a social activist, environmentalist… What’s subsequent in your bucket checklist?
I’d say, extra of all of this. I actually think about it my privilege for having this chance to make use of my voice and advocate for constructive change. If I needed to depend my greatest accomplishments previously 20 years, it will be this platform the place it began. I’ve performed my greatest to proceed to make use of that to make a distinction.