Dimple Kapadia gets chatting with Roshmila Bhattacharya
khubsurati ka raaz?
(Laughs) Oh, time has taken its toll. I’m gorgeous only in the eyes of those who love me.. because that is what they want to believe.
You are being modest?
No, I’m being honest.
So, what drew you to do the voice-over for the animated kiddy flick
Jumbo? Was it your son-in-law Akshay Kumar?
No, it was Aarav. My grandson and I had such a blast watching the film that I was happy to dub my voice for Jumbo’s mother.
Ever fantasised about having an elephant for a pet?
I always wanted one and thought I was abnormal. An elephant for god’s sake! I finally got myself a cute little Pomeranian when I got married. That was the only pet I ever had.
Will we ever see Akshay and you on screen?
Well, hopefully there will be more movies together.
Surprisingly neither of your two daughters has wanted to return to the movies?
They have settled down well, have babies to look after. When I had my girls I was too young and too busy to really enjoy them. But now I’ve been given a second chance with Aarav and Niomika. I can almost believe they are my own kids.
Aarav seems a quiet kid.. what’s Niomika like?
A nutcase who talks like a 50-year-old. I adore her!
Do you ever reflect back on your career.. regret the
Nope.. never. While others were trying to tap my sexy image, I was exploring my masculine side through these films!
In this age of remakes whom do you see as Bobby?
(Pause) I can see Ranbir (Kapoor) as Raju, he has a lot of his father (Rishi Kapoor) in him. But as Bobby, honestly, it’s hard to say.
What was it like getting together with Rishi Kapoor in
Pyar Mein Twist?
I had differences with the film’s second half but it was a different take on a mature relationship.
You’ve been shooting for
Tum Milo to Sahiwith Nana Patekar.. a long time after Prahaar and Krantiveer. Has he changed at all?
Not a bit. (Laughs) He’s still fiercely passionate about his work.. and everyone else’s too.
Will you be a part of the film he wants to direct?
He’s discussed two subjects with me, let’s see.
There’s Zoya Akhtar’s
Luck by Chanceas well?
I’d promised Zoya I would be a part of her first film too. Both Farhan and she have grown up in front of my eyes. Their mother, Honey Irani, is a dear friend.
Zoya has written a fantastic script, almost as good as her brother’s
Dil Chahta Hai
which was the first complete script I’d heard. All the groundwork had been done.. the detailing was perfect. It’s the same with
Luck By Chance
which is an interesting take on cinema.
Dil Chahta Haiexplored the relationship between a young man and an older woman. Have you ever had a young admirer in real life?
(Smiling) Yes, and he was even younger than Akshaye Khanna. I was having dinner at a restaurant when a waiter brought me this note which said I was the most beautiful woman in the world.
The boy who had written it was only 15 and ran out of the restaurant in embarrassment. I ran after him and gave him a kiss. The compliment coming from such a young man was so very precious.
Have you seen
Yes, and it surprised me. I know Farhan was sensitive but I also know how difficult it is to deliver those emotions in front of the camera..
Will we ever see you on TV?
TV would be great. (Laughs) I’m told the money is very good.
When do we get to read your autobiography?
Are you crazy.. never! My story is so boring.
How about a cook book?
Cook book? I can’t even boil water. But I can get a fantastic meal prepared. I have a taste for good food.
Are you in touch with Rajesh Khanna?
Well, he’s coming up in a movie about a 56-year-old man and a woman half his age.
Really? I’ll look forward to seeing it. After all, he was a phenomenon.. the epitome of romance.