Had destiny favoured her,
would have been contesting election this polling season on a Samajwadi Party ticket. Here, she talks about being a responsible citizen, her inclination towards politics, the trend of actors contesting elections, and more.
What drew you to politics?
I was offered a chance to make a difference, and I took it up. Everyone talks about what is wrong with the country, but when it comes to taking a stand, we need to act on it, and that’s what I did.
Were you disappointed that you couldn’t file the nomination?
Not at all. This was no rat race for me. It was an opportunity which didn’t materialise, but it doesn’t mean the door is shut.
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What did your family feel about your decision to contest?
They aren’t inclined towards politics, but they feel that since I’m authoritative at home too, I’d do well. They have always stood by me. I discussed it with my mom and she was at the meeting with the party people too. She knows what I’m capable of, and she has always supported me.
What do you think of the other celebrities who are contesting the elections this year?
I am not here to think about anyone but myself.
Do you think actors are taken seriously in politics? Does their image help or harm their prospects?
They, too, are citizens of the country. And just the way they weren’t born actors, no one is born a politician either. As for the image, it depends on the image that precedes you. There are many actors in politics that have proved themselves in the past.
What’s happening on the career front? Are you doing Jaya Bachchan’s TV show?
I took a break for a year as I was working for too long. If some good offer comes my way, I will think about it. When I take up a project, I will talk about it.