Mugdha, wouldn’t a star-studded All The Best been a better launch for you than Fashion where the spotlight was more on Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut?
All The Best wouldn’t have happened if Fashion hadn’t come through. And though Priyanka and Kangana had the author-backed roles, I turned out to be its surprise package despite being a new face. People came to see them and went away saying, "Wow, Mugdha you were good too!"
And now you are Madhur Bhandarkar’s lucky mascot.
I don’t know about him, but Madhur sure is my lucky mascot. Fashion got me an enthusiastic welcome in the industry and Jail will just take it forward. I hope I live up to Madhur’s expectations.
You wear a bracelet? Are you into lucky charms?
My character in All the Best is, but I don’t believe in charms. I just wear a yellow sapphire and a granite. This one is a healing amulet. I entered All The Best with a broken neck. There was an acupuncturist on the sets who helped ease the pain. The amulet helped too.
Buzz is that Bipasha Basu tried to teach you some dance moves and this, along with insecurity over footage, sparked off a lot of friction and ended with the two of you not even on talking terms.
When I first heard the rumour I called up Bipasha apprehensively to clarify. She laughed, “Mugdha, welcome to the industry. Here fights and patch-ups are engineered everyday. Chill!” Rohit (director Rohit Shetty) and Ajay (Devgan) told me the same thing.
So is Bipasha a friend like Priyanka and Kangana?
We don’t talk to each other every day, but neither do I with Priyanka and Kangana. Priyanka and I chat sometimes and go for each other’s trial shows. She came for my birthday, so did Kangana. Fashion being my first film was special and though Kangana and I didn’t have many scenes together, we bonded during the promotion. During Fashion, the rivalry in the media centered around Priyanka and Kangana, now it’s focussed on Bipasha and me. You learn to ignore it.
How do you ignore all the stories about Mithun Purander?
Mithun is a friend, has been one for years. But here friends become ‘good friends’. What can I say? I’m single, but not ready to mingle. It’s all work right now.