Tisca Chopra is in a good place. After a successful TV run, she came to big-screen limelight with Taare Zameen Par, and luckily, she has been able to keep the accolades and ditch the mummy image in her next films.
Her January release, Firaaq, should give Tisca an identity beyond “Ishaan’s mother” to viewers who still remember her as Darsheel Safary’s mom in TZP. “Children look at me in my off-screen glam persona and say, ‘Aap Ishaan ki mama nahi ho, Ishaan kidhar hai?” I say, ‘He is in school,’” she laughs.
Next up is a comedy, Mocktail, where she plays a “wacky” character. “Gone are the days,” says Tisca, “when a woman playing a mother or a sister was seen fit only for such roles.”
A follower of Buddhism, this Hindu College grad is now a much calmer person, but the roles she would love are totally different. “I want to play a schizo, a terrorist, do a period film, and see Bollywood become big internationally.”