Known for her serious roles, Shabana Azmi is game for a light-hearted comedy. Her self-mocking cameo in Om Shanti Om and the tongue-in-chic performance in The Loins of Punjab confirm that. A quickie chat:
Your one-minute role in OSO in a way makes fun of celebrities who are into social work – including yourself.
Actually, you're the first one to tell me that. The scene is extremely funny it's all done in good humour. It's tongue-in-cheek humour - I had fun at my own expense. The truth is that I'm seriously involved in slum work.
There is Sanjay Gupta's Dus Kahaniyan ready for release. The film has given me the opportunity to act with Naseer (Naseeruddin Shah) after so many years. <b1>
How different was it to act with him this time?
Naseer doesn't have any dialogue in the film. It's actually a sort of experiment. I've also done a film on AIDS for my son Farhan Akhtar. By the way, did you see my film, Loins of Punjab?
Yes, I was coming to that. Loins of Punjab is about reality shows. What do you think about them?
I appeared in an episode of Indian Idol and Voice of India each. I'm currently judging Jjhoom India. These reality shows do wonders for the talent from far-flung places like the North East and Kashmir. They become national heroes and feel a part of the country. That's good for national integration as well.