If you weren’t an actress, you would have been...
A lawyer. I’ve always wanted to be one.
What do you think of Bollywood now?
There are lots of good actors today and this is a good time for the industry.
Any advice for them?
I don’t believe in giving advice. Everyone should be allowed to make their own mistakes and learn from them.
Your take on your TV debut?
I think it is a very good decision for two reasons. I’m very happy and comfortable doing it as this is my kind of work, and also the quality of Yudh is very good. Everyone’s loving it.
And how does it feel to work with Amitabh Bachchan?
His energy, his dedication and his focus on his craft is tremendous. His approach towards things is very different as well. It is really a pleasure to work with him.
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One director you really want to work with.
I have been quite lucky to work with good directors, whether they’re new or established ones.
One classic film you would have loved to be part of.
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962).
Where do you feel most comfortable?
In a place that is quiet, beautifully lit, and exudes warmth from the people who inhabit it. There also needs to be some good music, like the songs of Bob Marley.
Your idea of a perfect weekend is...
Definitely outside the city, either in the mountains or by the sea with lots of music, friends and my daughters too.
How do you feel about the film careers of your daughters Shruti and Akshara?
I’m quite happy but there is still a long way to go, lots of good movies are happening now.
A dessert that describes you.
I like all of them, especially Indian sweets.
Three things you can’t do without?
My ATM card, a picture of my girls and my house keys.
The best way to handle a crisis is...
To recognise it and be realistic about how to handle it.
Your dream destination.
I love to keep going back to France again and again.
A song that describes your current state of mind.
Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya from Hum Dono (1961).
Your favourite co-star.
I have worked with some of the finest actors, such as Naseeruddin Shah and Farooq Shaikh.
Your favourite street food.
I love paani puri.
What makes your day?
A few quiet minutes in the morning. I need at least two hours to myself with my tea and the newspapers.
What spoils it?
Any kind of negativity or negative people.
You destress with...
Music, exercise and even cleaning the house.
The last line of your autobiography would read…
I don’t want one. Every life doesn’t need to be read.
A book that left an impression on your mind.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
From HT Brunch, August 17
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