Actor Silky Khanna says she doesn't mind playing the stereotypical, loud Punjabi character she often lands up
Come November and yet another film celebrating the big fat Punjabi wedding will hit the screens. When talking about the region's weddings, the mind promptly conjures up an image of a 'Punjabi aunty' who, with her jarring attire, pokey nose and oodles of humour, is as important a part of any nuptial celebration as the bride and the groom themselves!
Silky Khanna, a Mumbai-based actor with roots in Amritsar, will be seen playing one in the upcoming Hindi film, Mere Dad Ki Maruti. The film, produced under Yash Raj Films' youth films' studio - Y-Films, is expected for a November release.
This mother of a 14-year-old son will be seen in the film as Mrs Khosla - who Silky describes as a typical Punjabi woman complete with her Patiala salwars, paranda, sonorous voice and love for food. Mere Dad Ki Maruti also stars model-turned-actor Saqib Saleem and MTV video jockey Rhea Chakraborty in the lead. Silky, together with television's favourite star, Ram Kapoor, promise to
provide the audience a laugh riot.
The film has been shot in Chandigarh, and viewers can expect glimpses of the city's bus stand, farmhouses and the famous Sector 17 market. It has been directed by debutant director Ashima Chibber, who was an assistant director for films such as Ab Tak Chappan, Chak De! India and Rockstar.
Talking about her role, Silky says, "I loved playing Mrs Khosla as it brought me closer to my roots. The shooting was fun all the way as it shows the crazy, chaotic but highly entertaining Punjabi weddings, that include shopping and ladies' sangeet."
Interestingly, in her acting career spanning six years, Silky has often landed the role of a Punjabi aunty. She played a similar role in her last film, Chalo Driver. "My role of flirtatious Sweety, the aunt of the lead actress, was well appreciated.Probably because of my looks, I get to play this role often and I totally love it," says Silky, who has also acted in the films, Love Express and Always Kabhi Kabhi.
It's interesting to know that Silky stepped into acting rather late, at the age of 34, and eight years after the birth of her son. "I always wanted to act, like many others. But I never had the guts. Finally, when I was well settled with a family, I gave it a shot and started by doing TV shows such as Lo Ho Gayi Pooja Iss Ghar Ki and Jaane Kya Baat Hui, and then moved on to do
commercials. There has been no looking back since, as a lot of ads and character roles come my way," says Silky.
The actor is also not shy of her plump figure and takes it as an asset. "I am not keen on losing weight. Even my directors and producers don't want me to, since it doesn't come in the way of my roles," she avers.
Silky is currently shooting for the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, which, coincidently for her, also revolves around the theme of weddings.