It’s been a while since Sushmita Sen announced her directorial debut, Rani Laxmibai – The Warrior Queen. There was a lot of buzz about the film, as she spoke at length about her admiration for the Queen of Jhansi who fought a lone heroic battle.
Despite the passion she displayed, her pet project is yet to hit the floors. Says Sen, “I don’t want to make the historical epic for the sake of making it. It’s a very expensive film and the numbers (money) are not in place yet. I am actively looking for funding.”
Isn’t she worried that the audience’s interest might wane? "A historical subject will always have place in our present. That’s where our roots are. Also, I am looking at a global cinema market for this film. We have a detailed plan in place and the day we make the film, it will be something the country will be proud of."
Barring Anees Bazmee’s No Problem, which is due to release on December 10, the actor has nothing else lined up so far. Even her biopic on the late Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto is on hold due to “lack of permission from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and controversial nature of the subject”.
The actor insists that the reason she is doing few films is not her kids, but the lack of good roles. Therefore she prefers “to stay home and enjoy the ‘me’ time”. On any given day, she spends a maximum of 12 hours at work and the rest of the time and weekends are mostly kept free for her kids, Renee and Alisah, who are the “most romantic part of her life”. Is she planning to adopt a baby boy next? “I will have a boy biologically. Don’t ask me how I know it!” she winks.
Sen, who is going to float a line of spas next year, feels that being a businesswoman is much harder than being an actor. “The signature spa will be in India; hopefully in Kerala. It will be an international chain of spas,” reveals the former Miss Universe who recently met the investors in London. “Business,” she says, “has always been my second career option.”