Padmini Kolhapure-Sharma returns with Bolo Raam, featuring Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri, scheduled for December 31.
One more comeback?
(Laughs) Comebacks are my specialty. Every film I do, marks yet another comeback.
But then you disappear into the blue. Is that going to happen again?
(Laughs again) Well, getting the nod from me can be either very easy or really difficult depending on the script. So far, besides Bolo Raam, there’s just one more film with Mithun (Chakraborthy), Spagetti 24x 7, in which I make a friendly appearance. Kya karen, nothing exciting has come up.
What drew you to a murder mystery, Bolo Raam, apart from the fact that it stars two maharathis, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri?
I liked the story. And though Rakesh Chaturvedi is a debutant director, I was confident he would be able to translate his vision on screen. Sometimes, you like something on paper but it turns out very different. But this time I’m not disappointed.
So you’re confident of ringing in the New Year on a high?
Hey, don’t scare me. There are already too many butterflies fluttering in my tummy. If a film works, everything about it is great. If it doesn’t, there are faults in plenty to pinpoint.
Pick out a recent film that impressed.
I still have to catch Kurbaan and Paa. The last film I saw was De Dana Dan and it had me laughing the loudest. I’d love to do a comedy. Anubhav was fun and Woh Saat Din also had a comic streak before it turned serious. Actually a lot of the roles I did had plenty of rona dhona and drama and I was tagged an ‘intense’ actor. But my friends can vouch for the fact I’m pretty chilled out in real life.
What was it like getting back together with your Woh Saat Din co-star, Naseeruddin Shah?
Naseerji has really evolved as an actor. But unfortunately, in this film we didn’t get to share any screen space.
Have things changed much since the time you ruled the roost?
Not really, it’s only technologically that we’ve raced ahead. And yes, the media is huge now. Sometimes I wish I could go back to the good old days when I would do my work quietly and had to interact with only a few select journos who called for interviews. Now you have to hype your film for weeks.
Buzz is that your son, Priyank, is all set to follow in your footsteps?
Well, he is undergoing training in acting presently at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. And more than me, he’s really excited about seeing himself on screen.I’m told he’s quite a looker. You must be flooded with calls from interested girls.
Fortunately, now they call him directly, on his cell phone, so I’m not involved. (Chuckles) I think he can handle them, the calls from both admirers and interested producers.
Will you be launching him?
We haven’t thought of it yet. Let him complete his training first.
Are you producing any films?
My husband (Pradeep Sharma) is working on a film called… (Stutters) Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. (Laughs) But from the way I stumbled over the title you must have guessed that I’m not involved with the project in any way.
And what’s happening with your sister Tejaswani?
She’s doing an important part in Raavan. It’s the Mani Ratnam film with Abhishek and Aishwarya (Bachchan). It’s scheduled to release in May.
Do you watch Bigg Boss?
I do and the only reason is that my dear friend, Poonam (Dhillon) is in the House. So I watch the reality show with my eyes and ears open.
Do you see yourself in a show like Bigg Boss?
Honestly, I don’t. Such shows require loads of patience, time and energy that I don’t have.
How would you rate Poonam’s chances of winning the Big Prize of Rs 1 crore?
I think she’s going to win it, I know she is.