Monica Bedi discusses music, movies and new moves with Roshmila Bhattacharya.
So you’re going to be a part of another reality show?
(Laughs) I love reality shows. Films come and go in a month. But these shows are seen and discussed for months together. I was in Delhi a few weeks ago, at a gathering of the city’s top legal minds. And I was surprised to find lawyers discussing Bigg Boss. I couldn’t believe they were watching it too. Reality shows are a great way to reach out and touch people’s hearts. I should know. Bigg Boss changed people’s opinion of Monica Bedi.
But Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa will be different. It will mean hours of rigorous rehearsals.. dancing for the camera?
I know it’s a one-take show, with no retakes. One mistake and you’re out. I watched a few episodes of Season 2. I was rooting for Sandhya Mridul, she’s a fantastic dancer. Her choreographer, Javed Sanadi, is my partner now. The competition is really tough. All the female contestants are terrific dancers and household names. (Laughs) Despite Bigg Boss I won’t have an edge in the popularity contest.
And it won’t be only Bollywood style dances?
Yeah, I’ll have to learn Salsa, Samba and Cha Cha Cha. I’ve been away from films for years. The steps have changed. Jhalak.. will give me a chance to catch up before the two films I’ve signed, go on the floors by the end of August.
Go on.. tell us more about these films.
Sorry, you’ll have to wait for the announcements. Both are with established banners.. one opposite an actor-actor, the other with a star. Can’t reveal names though. One is very close to my life. It’s not autobiographical but I’ve gone through similar experiences. Most of the offers I’ve got are for woman-centric projects. But this time I’m being careful.. choosy. Earlier, I was young and in my excitement and immaturity, opted for quantity over quality. I won’t make that mistake again. Buzz is that you’ve also signed.
Khatron Ke Khiladi—Level 2?
I’ve been offered but I don’t know. It’s scary. But I will be doing another reality show.
Will you return on Bigg Boss Season 3 in a different capacity?
For Bigg Boss anything, it’s been so lucky for me. I did return to the House a second time and it was a happier experience. During the first three weeks I was scared.. shy.. in a shell. But after coming out, getting offers from producers, meeting people, I was more confident.. more open.
Rahul Mahajan was obviously thrilled to have you back.. can’t say the same for Payal Rohatgi though.
The show demanded some entertainment. But the show is over now.. and this is life. I’ve been so busy since that I’ve only spoken to some of the inmates over the phone. Forget Rahul and Payal, I haven’t even had time to meet Rakhi (Vijan) and Alina (Wadivala) who I was much closer to.
So you’re not marrying Rahul Mahajan?
No way, whatever gave you that idea! We’re just friends who, as I told you, haven’t even had time to meet.
What about Abu Salem?
He apparently wasn’t pleased with all the attention Rahul was giving you on the show. I have no idea, there’s no connection with him. I’m trying to build a new life and I’m not interested in having an affair. There’s no time.
Yeah, you’ve been recording for an album too, Ek Onkaar?
I’ve rendered my voice for a compilation of the Mool Mantra from the Guru Granth Sahib and Simran from Wahe Guru. But I’m not a singer.. not even a bathroom singer. I just wanted to send out a message that no matter how big your problems, how long the dark days, keep the faith.
God is testing you.. and taking you towards light.
I was in prison for five years. I was helpless but I never lost hope. I surrendered to him completely. He gave me the strength to carry on. I sang, danced, tried to make others like me happy. And today I’m happy too. It’s a new life.. a new beginning.