Sushmita Sen has taken a break from Bollywood’s commercial boulevard and is in no hurry to sign any new films. The former Miss Universe will now only pick a script that is “really good”, as films keep her away from her two daughters — Renée and Alisah. “If I agree to do a movie, I will be away from my kids for at least three months. The script must be really enticing for me to make such a sacrifice,” smiles Sushmita, who adopted Renée and Alisah in 2000 and 2010 respectively. “Having worked in 30 to 35 Bollywood ventures, I’ve had my fill of commercial movies,” she says. “Also, similar potboilers have left me a bit drained, so I have given myself a break.”
Sush, who was last seen in the multi-starrer dud No Problem (2010), is in no mood to take up random offers. According to her, she needs to feel inspired to take up a film at this stage of her career. “No longer do I want to do films which only look excellent on paper,” says Sushmita, whose last few big budget projects, including Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007), Do Knot Disturb (2009) and Dulha Mil Gaya (2010), all flopped at the box office. “A number of my films, which I really loved, turned out to be damp squibs. But you can’t control such things. I haven’t taken up any new film after No Problem. And I’m in no hurry to do so,” she says.
Meanwhile, the actor is both amused and amazed with reports that claim her two films — a Benazir Bhutto biopic and Rani Laxmibai — have been shelved. “A UK-based production house is backing the Benazir Bhutto film. So, if they are not getting permission from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), I can’t do anything,” she says. But she is gung-ho about Rani Laxmibai. “The script is locked and it’s an asset. If it hasn’t taken off till date, it doesn’t mean we aren’t going to make it,” says the actor, adding that she is “getting investors, but not the right ones with the right pockets (laughs)”. “We need a certain kind of look, feel and pricing for Rani Laxmibai, because it’s going to be costly. We don’t want to look at it and feel, ‘Oh! We shouldn’t have cut costs in this scene.’ It will take off at the right time,” she says.