It’s Ganesh Chaturthi today and Sonali Bendre is planning a drop in on her uncle and all those friends who bring Bappa home. Her memories of the festival are centred around steamed
. “My son Ranveer has still to develop a taste for them. May be if I bring Ganpati home it would make the festival special for him. Goldie’s (husband Goldie Behl) father (Ramesh Behl) would bring him to their office so we have a tradition of sorts. Perhaps next year,” she muses.
Her husband’s serial,
Thoda Hai Bas Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai
, that launched on Colors in June, is slowly picking up on TRPs. The family revolves around a middle-class Maharashtrian family and Behl apparently modelled it on Sonali’s.
“Not really but yes, my sister lives in Shivaji Park and the idea took root there,” she admits. “Goldie’s always saying that Maharashtrian women have a lot of dignity and strength, like the ma-in-law in his serial. I love him for saying that since I’m one too, but I don’t really follow the serial. It airs during my son’s dinner time and at five, Ranveer is too young to be exposed to such harsh realities.”
Switch on, switch off
Bendre is a hands-on mamma and so not open to Bollywood offers that would take her off on long outdoors or cut into her son’s bedtime story-reading sessions.
“It’s worse with a small-budget Marathi film that is shot guerilla style. I prefer TV, deadlines are firm and so work is more disciplined,” reasons the actress who’s currently shooting for the second season of
India’s Got Talent
She agrees that it’s easier the second time around because she’s more confident now that her fears that on-the-sets incidents will be sensationalised have been put to rest. Fellow judge Kiron Kher has turned from Sikander Kher’s mother to a beautiful colleague. Shekhar Kapur has made way for Sajid Khan whom she’s known for years.
Family comes first
“I was to debut in a Sohail Khan directed film opposite Arbaaz. Sajid was Arbaaz’s best friend. We went for classes together. My mother-in-law and his mom are best friends, Farah, is a friend too. That makes him my buddy, right?” Sonali smiles.
skating duo of Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone wanted to win the
India’s Got Talent
contest in the movie.
Bendre’s delighted: “My show was picked from the crowd to make it into a Bollywood movie. This kind of credibility for a show that’s only into its second season is amazing. They even wanted us to come in the movie as judges but coordinating dates was a problem,” she says. “It was my son’s vacation and I was out of the country. Family comes first.”