Sussanne Roshan is one half of Bollywood’s power duo. No, we’re not talking about her marriage to actor Hrithik Roshan. It’s her formidable pairing with Shah Rukh Khan’s wife, Gauri Khan, that’s really made eyebrows shoot up. Despite mixing friendship with business, a formula any CEO worth his seven-figure salary will warn against, Sussanne isn’t worried. “Gauri is extremely talented, apart from her name and status. Besides, you can only have problems if someone has a big ego. But there’s none between us, not even when dealing with criticism,” she says. Apparently, Gauri’s first collection for Sussanne’s store, The Charcoal Project, sold out in three months.
Warn her that a minor tiff could result in ‘SRK’s wife takes on Sussanne Roshan’ headlines, and she says, “I’m confident that it won’t go wrong, because my attitude is to make things work. And we didn’t get together because of our names. We just happen to have very successful celebrity husbands. Our comfort level with each other means we don’t feel bad about anything.”
This easygoing rapport with ladies like Arjun Rampal’s wife Mehr Jesia and Akshay Kumar’s wife Twinkle Khanna must make her the queen bee of Bollywood’s First Wives Club.
“There isn’t any such thing,” she retorts, adding, “You get together with people if you like them. It doesn’t mean you have to be connected because of your husbands. I just have one-on-one relationships (with the other star spouses), and we take it from there.”
While her husband is accustomed to having the masses judge his work, Sussanne will make her public debut with an installation at Palladium, Lower Parel, today. The project, dreamed up by Architectural Digest, is called Magical Spaces and seeks to create art interior installations with famous designers, located at off-beat venues.
Ask Sussanne how it feels to be picked for the first collaboration, a recreated living room in the centre of the mall, and she says, “I was very happy to hear that I was the face of it. Though our store has been around for two years, we haven’t been exposed to that side of Mumbai (south). It will evoke a lot of questions and curiosity, hopefully.”
Ask what helped her make the cut ahead of other star spouses/interior decorators, and she answers, “It’s a very personal decision that the client takes to choose who they would like. I follow more of an architectural interior space plan, so maybe that sets me apart.”