Best known as comedian Kapil Sharma's on-screen wife, the petite Sumona Chakravarti has come a long way in her career.
She calls herself an actress; not a stand-up comedian, and doesn't take herself too seriously.
Bade Achhe Lagte Hain (BALH) and Comedy Nights With Kapil (CNWK) have been big hits. How have they changed your career?
Well, BALH made me popular. It was my seventh or eighth show, but people think it was my first. It got me into the limelight and CNWK took it further. It brought me to every household, made me more confident and helped me evolve as an actress. Today, it has gained a certain respect for me even in the film industry.
What'fs the best part about being Kapil's on-screen wife?
(Smiles) I know a lot of women would love to be in my position, but I am the one who gets to be his wife. Yes, people do forget the reel and real and think I am his wife, and I am amused.
Don't you get offended by the jokes he makes on you, your lips, etc?
No, why should I? I don'ft take myself too seriously. Besides, that'fs Bittu Sharma for you. He makes fun of everyone. That'fs the nature of the show. He doesn't make fun of Sumona; he makes fun of his on-screen wife. There's nothing to feel upset about. It draws the laughs and that's what matters.
Have you ever made changes to the script or modified lines that might have offended you or anyone?
No, I don'ft do that. I take the show with a pinch of salt and I am sure everyone associated with it does that too. There's nothing to feel bad about. It's all in good spirit. I feel it's important to be able to take a joke on yourself, and only then will people laugh along.
Do you discuss film offers when people from the industry visit the sets of the show?
No, but the avenues have opened, and today they know me. Sometimes we bump into each other socially and exchange greetings. I know for a fact that if there is a role that suits me, they will call me.
What do you think of love? Do you see yourself marrying someone from the industry?
I do like the idea of love, but being in a relationship and getting married are two different things. Right now, marriage is not even on the periphery of my scheme of things. It's not about the industry; it's about the person. There are pros and cons to both, whether you marry an actor or someone from outside the industry.
There were reports of Gaurav Chopra and you being a couple. You were spotted in Dubai too.
Well, I have two-three very good male friends. Ram (Kapoor) and Jai (Kalra) are married and Gaurav is not, so people try to link us up. Yes, we hang out at parties or at events, but I have been single for the last seven years.
|A question you get asked often?|
Do I feel bad when Kapil makes fun of me?
|A question you don’t want to answer any more?|
The same one as above and those on link-ups.
|A show you like on TV currently?|
I don’t watch Indian shows, but I love foreign ones like Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Homeland.
|An actor you feel is popular?|
Ram Kapoor is very popular.
|A habit you want to get rid of?|
None, because I am very sorted.