In 1973, a young debutante set the big screen ablaze when she slipped into a bikini for a scene in Raj Kapoor’s Bobby. It’s been over 40 years since then, and there has been no stopping Dimple Kapadia. The veteran actor continues to impress critics, take risks and enjoy her work.
We caught up with her at her son-in-law Akshay Kumar’s office for a candid chat about being lazy when it comes to working out, artificially enhancing her derrière for an upcoming film, working with the young lot of actors and dancing for her grandchildren.
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Akshay is a fitness icon for so many in this country. Does he ever push you to exercise?
Akshay screams at me, asking me to workout. Then I hit the gym for a day or two and call him to tell him about my progress. He gets very excited and pats me on my back. But then, after two days, my excitement fizzles out and he gets very upset. He is always after my life, asking me to work out and, in general, work more. We are the exact opposite of each other. He is this hard-core disciplinarian and I’m indisciplined to the core.
Do you get to spend a lot of time with your grandchildren, Aarav and Nitara?
I just go over and cuddle them, hug them, fuss over them and irritate them. Aarav is at that age right now where his response to whatever I do is, “Naniiiii”. I even dance for them. Where would you get a grandmother like that?
Your look in Finding Fanny — and your character’s accentuated posterior — has made quite some news.
(Laughs) I was very comfortable wearing those butt pads. In fact, I think I looked very good in them. I wish I had a butt like that; it’s so cute. Also, it was extremely hot, so those extra butt pads actually helped me lose weight. It was a double whammy for me.
You’ve worked with Deepika Padukone in Cocktail (2012). What was it like to work with her again?
The best thing about newcomers is that they are constantly working towards improving themselves. Deepika has an urge to master the art. Doing a film is not enough for her; she is honing herself to become better and better. In our times, we were very laid-back. These youngsters are not like that at all.