It took Sridevi 15 years to make her Bollywood comeback with director Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish (2012). After the film, fans expected to see the actor more frequently on the silver screen. But that didn’t happen. Now, three years later, she will be seen in a Tamil film with actor Vijay. “It took me 15 years to choose English Vinglish. At least this film hasn’t taken that long (laughs),” she says. Here, she tells us why she prefers doing limited work, as she also clears the air about her daughter, Jhanvi Kapoor’s acting debut.
Why don’t we see you on the big screen more often?
I don’t believe in doing one film every year. I am in no hurry to sign more movies. The project should really excite me. Also, I am doing a Tamil film after almost 30 years.
Are the rumours about your daughter’s acting debut true?
Which child is not interested in acting? Every child wants to be an actor. And there is nothing wrong with that. But it is not an easy job. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication. If they are ready to put in that effort, then why not?
Will you help Jhanvi plan her acting career?
I don’t believe in planning. I never planned my career. Neither me, nor my parents, ever thought that I would become an actor. It just happened.
You have been acting since 1976 (she made her debut at the age of 13 with a Tamil film). How have these film industries changed since you first started?
There are a lot of changes technically; [there is] amazing improvement, and every department has different heads. Earlier, there were no monitors. ADs (Assistant Directors) would sketch the scenes for continuity, to mark where the hand or the dupatta was [for the next day’s shoot]. Back then, we would change clothes behind trees, while people would hold bed sheets around us. Makers would have to request villagers to lend us their rooms. Now, we have vanity vans. Even stories have evolved today; we have many heroine-oriented films, which people are coming to watch.