When she wants to emerge from her cocoon she does. Four years and 11 films later, she’s about to go into the retro-chic mode for Khoya Khoya Chand. She has also been making news on the rumour radar. So,will she talk about Siddharth? Abhay Deol? Will she comment on Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor? Soha Ali Khan just does that in a conversation with Rachana Dubey.
News is that your father (Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) is very miffed Saif because of the way his relationship with with Kareena Kapoor has been blared by the media.
Not that I know of. I doubt that abba can ever be miffed with bhai for something like this. He knows how things work in the media. For everyone of us at home, it’s bhai’s happiness that matters. Nothing else.
How did you deal with all that has happened to your brother in the last one year?
As a younger sister, I have always stood by my brother. He’s pretty frank and vocal about his life. He’s not a baby to be advised about how to deal with life and matters. He advises me, I don’t. He’s a responsible father too. It’s amazing that Amrita (Singh) and he have worked out a way to take equal responsibility of their two kids. I’ve seen him sail through hard times. He’s pretty kicked about his success now.<b1>
What’s your equation with Amrita Singh, Sara and Ibrahim?
Sara and Ibrahim are lovely kids. I’m envious of them because they can go to school. I can’t. They take me back to my young days. As a bua, I have a sense of responsibility towards them. I feel I haven’t been able to spend much time with them. As for Amrita, I haven’t met her in ages. I can’t even remember when we met last. I remember her for her warmth. When I moved from Delhi to Mumbai, I stayed at her house. We would play Scrabble together.
And your equation with Rozza Catalano?
I don’t know anything about her whereabouts. We haven’t kept in touch.
Are you in touch with Kareena Kapoor?
Nope. I’ve met her only on two occasions at public functions. I’ve seen her more often in the movies. She comes across as a very affectionate and sensible young woman. She’s one of those few actresses who can handle both comedy and serious drama.
You’re being linked with the Chennai based actor Siddharth. What’s up?
(Coolly) We’ve been friends since our Rang de Basanti days. I’ve also stayed in touch with Alice Patten and Kunal Kapoor. I’m working with Sharman Joshi. Off and on, I’ve been in touch with Siddharth. We work for films in different cities. Now, that he’s in Bombay, we’ve been catching up occasionally. That doesn’t mean I’m dating him. <b2>
Siddharth and you have been spotted together at quite a few movie premieres. Would you deny that?
(Pause) We’ve seen a dozen movies together but we haven’t ever arrived at the venue at the same time, except for Saawariya. That was planned. We came together in his car. In any case, what’s the harm if two friends go out for a movie or two? That doesn’t amount to evidence that we’re dating.
On another note, weren’t you supposed to do a film with your mother — Aparna Sen’s
You should ask Aparna
about this. She came up to us with the idea. But nothing was on paper. Mutually, we’d agreed to do the film. The dates for shooting weren’t blocked. Since then, she’s been involved in several projects. I’ve been busy. Amma is shooting for Nagesh Kukunoor’s film. So, that’s where
Would you ever wear a bikini like your mother did for An Evening in Paris?
Meena Kumari and Madhubala could kill men by simply raising an eyebrow. Shedding clothes is the easiest thing in the world. My mum wore a bikini, yes but repents it to this day. She has told me it was the biggest mistake of her life.
What was the response to Khoya Khoya Chand at the recent Rome Film Festival?
When I walked the red carpet, I was a bit jittery because I hadn’t seen the film till then. I watched it quite carefully there to scrutinise my make-up, clothes, dialogue delivery and facial expressions. It was an all-Italian audience. Everyone loved the film. Sudhir (Mishra) was overwhelmed. <b3>
Why has there been a long gap between Khoya Khoya Chand and your last release Ahista Ahista?
Khoya Khoya Chand was ready in February. It was the producer’s decision to release it in December. I didn’t question that. Meanwhile, I was shooting for Mumbai Meri Jaan and Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. I’d rather have few releases than many which I’m not proud about.
How far have you reached with Meridian opposite Abhay Deol?
Hello,who told you that I’m opposite Abhay Deol? There’s a huge cast. We’re in the film but not opposite each other. I’ve shot for it for two days. Then, I don’t know what happened. I want to know its progress because it was an interesting English language project about reincarnation.
Wouldn’t Abhay Deol often drop by often on the sets of Khoya Khoya Chand to share lunch with you?
Excuse me, Abhay Deol has better things to do than to drop by my sets often to have lunch. I’ve been to his sets once with a bunch of friends. And he dropped by on my sets once.. certainly not around lunch time. If he did, we would surely have had lunch together. And why on the sets? We can go out and eat whenever we have the time to. He’s a busy actor, so am I.
Weren’t you more than ‘just friends’ once?
Forget the more part.. just friends is good enough for me.