This Friday will see the release of Life in a... Metro--Shilpa Shetty's first film after her Big Brother win. In an exclusive interview to HT City, the actress speaks about the film.
Describe your role in Metro...
Well, I play Shikha, who was a dancer. She is well educated, but gives up everything to look after her family. She somewhere feels that her husband is not paying that much attention to her. Bored and disillusioned with marriage, she finds a friend who she gets very attached to.
Do you think that the pressure of metropolitan life makes people feel very lonely?
Well, you can be lonely even if you are surrounded by hundred people. It just depends on your state of mind. As far as metros are concerned I guess life here is really fast. One needs to prioritise. I have been born and brought up in a metropolitan city and I have never really done things that would be usual to do.
For me, it’s work and then I’m back home. There are some people who party and have a great time. I never had the time to do that... just been so busy doing my own work. But I guess it would be tough for people who don’t have families here.
How was it working with Anurag Basu?
Superb! It’s actually difficult to explain how fantastic it is. He has the grasp of the medium, he knows exactly what he is doing and he has shot the film very well. Firstly, to get a cast like this was very difficult. You see the kind of cast he has got together. That in itself is exciting. As an audience I would go to the theatre to watch the film to see all our performances. No other actor could have done our roles. For this the credit must go to Anurag.
<b1>How was it working with the cast?
Wonderful. I made some good friends. I think people are loving the trailers and loving the chemistry between Shiney and me because it is a very new cast.
What do you like about Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata?
Mumbai is home to me. I like everything about it. About Kolkata, it’s definitely the sweet shops...I love the sweets there. I love the mojarees in Delhi.
What would be the one thing that you hate about Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata?
In Mumbai the potholes... the roads are really bad, the traffic situation is horrible now. Kolkata should be slightly cleaner. I hate the
Which city in India is the most liberal for women according to you?
I think there are liberal women all around. We are living in an egalitarian world... we are talking about women and men at power. I believe India is seeing a welcome change. So be it Mumbai, Delhi or Kolkata you see more women coming out, more independent women. They are working and balancing their homes and professional lives.
Do you believe that metropolitan life induces people to have more affairs?
No such thing. I think in metros people who socialise a lot get the opportunity to meet many more people. So there are more opportunities to have relationships. It depends on the character of the person.
What kind of cinema would you like to do?
I really don’t know. I don’t plan my career. I just go with the flow. I want to do good movies. I want people when they go to a theatre to watch my movie. I want them to say it was worth the money. That’s it. So long as I am justified in the movie as an actor, I will do it.
<b3>You have two films coming up – Apne and Metro. What should the audience expect from you?
Good work. Life in a Metro is my first release after one-and-a-half years after Dus. Apne is completely different. It is a hardcore Anil Sharma movie. So they are going to be completely different roles.
But I am glad I took up both the roles. Even while I do realistic and interesting cinema, I don't want to cut away from the commercial aspect of film making. I absolutely love being part of the Hindi movie masala. I am always going to maintain that balance.
What kind of cinema do you like?
I absolutely love comedy. I tried my hand at it while doing Rishtey with Anil Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor. Even though the film flopped, I had a great time portraying the character.