She's come out of the eclipse that was Khoya Khoya Chand. And has as many as four releases lined up over the next four months. But what’s this buzz about her tying the knot with actor Siddharth? Soha Ali Khan in a tell-all mood.. quizzed by Roshmila Bhattacharya.
So, what’s the update on your home production?
It’s actually Saif ’s (Ali Khan) production. It’s an interesting story, he narrated it to me before he left for the shoot in London last month. He has some good people including Imtiaz Ali (director) working with him. It should shape up well.
Wasn’t it supposed to be a brother-sister venture?
(Laughs) My brother thinks I’ll make a good producer. I’m organised, I have some good ideas. But right now, I’m focused on acting.
You haven’t even been on the sets.
My parents, sister Saba, nephew Ibrahim and niece Sara were there at the London shoot.. but I was busy with my shoot. Now they’ve moved to the U S. I’m waiting for Saif to get back and clue me in.
Kareena Kapoor, we’re told, was the perfect hostess in London.
It’s easy to believe that. She’s a lovely girl.My brother can be a little irresponsible when he’s caught up with work, but Kareena always makes the effort to stay in touch.
It’s said Saif is keen on an early marriage.
You have to ask him that.
Rozza Catalano has been giving interviews about how she wasn’t aware that Saif was married with two children when she started dating him. Comment
No comments. I’m not going to react to what Rozza says.
When you first came down to Mumbai, you were close to Amrita Singh. Have Saif’s relationships with Rozza and Kareena driven you apart?
That’s a very personal subject and not meant for public discussion.
Buzz is that Siddharth’s parents flew down six months ago to meet you and you will be tying the knot soon.
I love reading so many wonderful things about me in the papers. Unfortunately, much of it is fabricated. But contradicting, denying or accepting will not make a difference. If people want to write about me, they will. But marriage right now is a no no.
It’s a trade off between your personal and professional life. And today my career takes front seat. Of course, my mother has proved that you can strike a balance between the two. She married dad in ’68 and in ’69 she gave one of her biggest hits,
, followed by
(’73) and the National Award-winning
(’75). She’s been working on and off, for almost four decades, even after delivering three normal children.
Would you ever marry an actor?
I’m a romantic, I’ll marry whom I love. And love means.. Learning to put him before you. That for me is a big deal since I can be pretty self-centered.
Have you felt this way?
Of course, I have. It’s a wonderful feeling!
So when you’re in love, which song do you sing?
Now we’re getting corny. Just because I’m a movie star I don’t have to break into a song.
Okay, but you did break out of your sober image with the Maxim cover?
That photo shoot wasn’t about getting an image makeover. I don’t have that kind of a glam avatar in any of my forthcoming releases. In fact, being an actress who wants to experiment with different roles, it would work to my advantage not to have an image. Maxim is not be taken seriously. When they approached me for a cover shoot, I thought why not? I’m young.. I can have fun too.
We know your mother didn’t think that cover was a big deal.
She’s a sensible mum, not easy to shock. In her time, she’s done some pretty progressive things too in the line of fashion.
What about your dad?
This is one conversation I’m never going to have with my father or brother, ever.
What was Kareena’s take?
She’s done a cover for Maxim too. But we haven’t met since my cover.
Size zero.. do you aspire to have it?
I don’t understand this size zero business. Can anyone really be so small? As an actress I’m supposed to look good. So I need to be in shape. Also, for health reasons, you have to be a certain body type according to your height.
Why aren’t you doing Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s
Iwasn’t offered the film. Rakeysh and I had a chat.He told me I wasn’t right for the role that Sonam’s (Kapoor) doing. But I have an interesting, issue-based film coming up.
Mumbai Meri Jaanis triggered off by the Bombay train blasts. What were you doing on July 11, 2006?
Iwas in Pondicherry, shooting the Globus ad. We’d just packed up when the SMSs started trickling in. Since I live close to the Khar railway station, friends and family were concerned. I flew home the next morning. I’ve studied international relations, worked with an NGO. I knew what terrorism was about academically. The incident made it more personal. I’ve travelled by trains.. though not lately. I could have been on one. Anyone, anywhere, anytime can be a victim. I love life but I’ve realised it is precious and fragile. So now I live it to the fullest.Who knows what comes tomorrow?
Shooting must have been arduous?
Yes, especially the scenes in the morgue. I remember walking on to the set to find everyone.. the man in the wheelchair, the nurses and doctors.. frozen in their places. It was surreal. Then, the director (Nishikant Kamat) shouted “Action” and suddenly everyone was up and running.. and I was almost run over by an ambulance.
Today, I can chuckle at the memory but during those eight-10 days of shooting, I was in tears all the time. I play a reporter for whom the blasts are not just another story. By the time I returned home from shoots, my eyes would be red and swollen. I really needed a holiday after itwas over. I was glad to return to two comedies.
One of them would be
Dil Kabbadi, right?
Yeah, it’s an urban comedy featuring Irrfan Khan, Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna, Konkona Sen Sharma and yours truly. I’m Irrfan’s nagging wife. (Laughs) I would have been intimidated by his stature and height had I not been yelling at him constantly.
And the other laugh riot is
Ab Tera Kya Hoga Johnny?
is a black comedy set in contemporary Bombay. It features Neil Nitin Mukesh who I loved in
. Unfortunately we don’t have too many scenes together.
The ha-ha movie is
Dhoondte Reh Jaogewith Kunal Kemmu and Paresh Rawal.
It’s a full masala, song-and-dance movie.We’ve just shot in Malaysia.
What’s happening to Saurav Narang’s film for UTV which was postponed because Boman Irani was super busy?
Narang? Oh, you mean that horror film? That’s not happening.
It’s complete. Reincarnation plays only a small part in the proceedings. Meredian is a contemporary film. My character speaks English the way most youngsters do. But it’s not an English language film. That’s
with Zeenat Aman,Victor Banerjee and Ankur Khanna.
Jahnu Barua was also planning a film with your mother and you?
I’m not doing it. But Aparna Sen is planning
with my mother, Konkona and me. There’s also Kunal Deshmukh’s film on the July 26 Bombay deluge with Emraan Hashmi. I have four films in four months.. you’ll be seeing a lot of Soha Ali Khan.