Tisca Chopra is clear about her choices in life — be it professional or personal. She wants her work to speak for itself. Content with what she has on her plate right now, Tisca talks about her new TV show, the Anil Kapoor’s thriller 24, and her plans of expanding her family.
After so many years in the industry, would you say you’ve got your due?
Well, I am still here, working in 24 and then with Irrfan in an international production, Qissa, and I am doing some of the best work available. So yes, I would say I have.
You worked on a few TV serials, like Astitava and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, but never stuck to one fiction show. But how do you manage films and TV?
In the last decade, I haven’t done TV except for hosting or doing non-fiction shows. That was a conscious choice as I wasn’t terribly impressed with the content on TV. I don’t work on things I can’t relate to. As for films, other than Taare Zameen Par (2007) and Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), I’ve done a few films every year. It’s very ambitious to do work you believe in. I would rather work my way than follow the trend.
Though you are the grand-niece of writer Khushwant Singh, you never speak much about him. Was that a conscious decision?
I think one should stand on one’s own two feet. The family you come from shouldn’t matter. It won’t make me a better actor. I don’t talk much about them and, anyway, I am a bit media-shy.
Are there plans to start a family?
My husband (Captain Sanjay Chopra) and I are planning to adopt a baby. We have set the process in motion. When and how it happens will depend on when the universe bestows this gift upon us. I am ready to be a mom.