HT Image
HT Image

I support myself: Amrita Singh

In an interview with IANS, Amrita Singh makes it clear that no one pays to support her. "I need to work to support myself and my kids."
By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service | PTI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2005 06:15 PM IST

A marriage gone sour needn't be an end, but a beginning -- just like it is for Amrita Singh who has bounced back into the limelight, looking and feeling better than she ever did, after her break-up with Saif Ali Khan.

Her relationship with Saif and the way the marriage ended is "private domain", says Amrita quite clearly. "Only Saif and I know what the truth is," says the actress who has made her comeback with the TV serial "Kavyanjali".

Amrita talks at length about her two children, Sara and Ibrahim. "I love my kids too much to not ensure they sail through. Everything else in my life is so secondary," she says.

The actress says she needs to get back to the big screen and has been offered two-three films.

She says in a philosophical note: "If that one door hadn't shut in my face, I wouldn't have had so many other doors open for me."

In this interview with IANS, Amrita makes it clear that no one pays to support her. "I need to work to support myself and my kids."

Q: How does it feel getting back to acting after so many years?

A: The hours are so stretched out, sometimes I feel I'm overworked. We don't have a bank of episodes for the serial "Kavyanjali" that I'm doing. We're trying to create that. Which means lots more work.

Fortunately, I've great help with the children. My grandmother is there to look after them, plus good servants and maids who have been with me from before my kids were born. Mashallah, I've no stress on that score.

Q: It was so wonderful to see the whole industry come forward to take your side when Saif Ali Khan decided to disappear from your life.

A: But, my dear, there never was any battle. So why take sides? But the support has been wonderful and unquestioning. No one demands to know my side of the story. I love my kids too much to not ensure they sail through. Everything else in my life is so secondary. They're so bright and supportive. They are a true blessing.

Q: Was returning to acting tough?

A: It was a little tough. It does take a little time to get into the groove. I don't know of anyone who stayed away for so long. It was more daunting for me to return. I was given to believe that actresses have a shelf life, and I thought mine had expired.

It's so good to see a change in perceptions about an actress' life span. I couldn't have chosen a better time to come back. And my producer Ekta Kapoor has been mind-blowing. I've the highest regard for her. I got offers from almost every channel, and many movie offers in Bollywood. But I wanted to work with Ekta.

Q: Good movie offers?

A: Well...a job is a job. I'm grateful that they even thought of me. It's good to know there's a job waiting for you. After 12 years of staying away from a career it gives a great sense of confidence and self-respect to a woman. I'm getting so much work I can't take it all. Thank god. If that one door hadn't shut in my face, I wouldn't have had so many other doors open for me (laughs).

Q: Did you see the crisis coming?

A: Not at all. But I've always been pretty grown-up and capable of handling crisis. Life has been tough for me. I never got the chance to play the damsel in distress.

Q: No Mills & Boon stuff in your growing years?

A: I'd have loved that! But I never got the opportunity to live that kind of life. I'd just love to ride off into the sunset with my love. I've only seen the sunset so far. Maybe I can earn my own Ferrari so I can ride off in the sunset without anyone by my side.

Q: You never took your career as a movie actress seriously?

A: No never. I saw it as a chance to have my own identity, and loads and loads of money. At 17, movies gave me bread, butter, jam, caviar... dude, the works! I've seen so many generations of actors come and go.

I left at the right time. I had done my bit, worked with the best. I was quite tired of working. I wanted to get married and have my own kids... I don't regret any decision in my life... not my career, not marriage. Every experience has been so fulfilling in so many ways.

Q: Is there any bitterness about the way your marriage ended?

A: Well, that's pretty private domain. Only Saif and I know what the truth is. Now I've come back at a time when both television and cinema have so much to offer me. I have to work. I need to work to support myself and my kids. No one pays for my support.

Q: And the children?

A: Let's hope they'll be looked after. But I need to work to keep up a lifestyle which my kids and I are used to. And I'm not about to give up on that. Work is fantastic. My daughter tells me I'm crazy to be working like mad. I mean every woman takes care of her kids.

But to go out there and work at my age is no joke. You know, I do regret the fact that my son Ibrahim who's just four can't get the same attention from me as my daughter Sara did. Because Mama is out making a living. A fish can't swim and fly.

But then I average 20 days of work per month. For the rest of the month three of us take off on holiday, do whatever we want. My kids and I live like three fun-loving hermits. We're quite bohemian.

My children are the most wonderful gifts god has given me. I'm so blessed... But Sara seems to have established her own rapport with the entire industry. The topmost names whom I'd shiver to call are her friends. She can call up anyone.

Q: What do you feel about your serial "Kavyanjali"?

A: We're just trying to find our footing. I think we still have to find our bearings in the plot. For people to write it off is premature and malicious. This isn't a film where fate is decided on one Friday. Did people expect me to be the central character?

Wonder why! Because it was always the story of the two people named in the title Kavya and Anjali. I'm happy being one of the central characters. I've seen far too many Bollywood divas take on a film and fall flat on their flashy faces. Now I need to get back on the big screen. I've been offered two-three films, one a biggie.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Women drying cow dung with Holi around the corner at Sangamwadi bridge.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Women drying cow dung with Holi around the corner at Sangamwadi bridge.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

'Havan' of cow dung cake can keep house sanitised for 12 hours: MP minister

PTI, Indore
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 03:51 PM IST
The MP said that her advice may appear strange to people, but this tip to keep houses sanitised was not imaginary.
Close
“Each one of us has to say that we don't accept such language and expressions,” Sitharaman added.(ANI Photo)
“Each one of us has to say that we don't accept such language and expressions,” Sitharaman added.(ANI Photo)

On International Women’s day, Sitharaman highlights gender bias in languages

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 03:46 PM IST
On International Women's Day, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said people, during formal and informal engagements, use language in humour and it reinforces the mentality
Close
Healthcare workers at Covid-19 testing centre in Pune, India, on Sunday, December 13, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Healthcare workers at Covid-19 testing centre in Pune, India, on Sunday, December 13, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

These eight states/UTs are showing an upward trajectory in new Covid-19 cases

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 03:23 PM IST
India's total active caseload has reached 1,88,747 today and the present active caseload now stands at 1.68 per cent of total positive cases.
Close
Representative Image
Representative Image

Everyday 4 child victims of sexual abuse denied justice, study finds

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 03:17 PM IST
The denial of justice, the study found, was due to insufficient evidence. Titled 'Police case disposal pattern: An enquiry into the cases filed under POCSO Act, 2012,' it was conducted by the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation (KSCF).
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses through video conference, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses through video conference, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

PM Modi goes shopping online, tweets list. He wanted to send a message to women

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 03:14 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked Women's Day and said,"Today, I bought a few products that celebrate women enterprise, creativity and India’s culture."
Close
The Congress MP said the government has collected <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>21 lakh crores by putting excise duty and cess on petroleum products in the last six years.(ANI)
The Congress MP said the government has collected 21 lakh crores by putting excise duty and cess on petroleum products in the last six years.(ANI)

Will continue protest demanding discussion on fuel price hike, says Congress

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 03:14 PM IST
Kharge's remarks came as Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments following repeated sloganeering by the Opposition MPs demanding on fuel price hike in Parliament.
Close
Shilpam Ratan, manager, ATC, Delhi airport(ANI Photo)
Shilpam Ratan, manager, ATC, Delhi airport(ANI Photo)

All-women team takes charge of traffic control operations at Delhi's IGI airport

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 03:09 PM IST
  • AAI tweeted video with along with a post that read, “AAI derives its strength from its women workforce. Maintaining individuality, these invincible women go beyond & above their call of duty to serve the nation.
Close
New Delhi, India - April 20, 2020: A view of the Parliament House seen as Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats resumed work from today after they were shut in the last week of March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/HT Archive) (Mohd Zakir/HT Archive)
New Delhi, India - April 20, 2020: A view of the Parliament House seen as Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats resumed work from today after they were shut in the last week of March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/HT Archive) (Mohd Zakir/HT Archive)

After being disrupted thrice over fuel price hike, Rajya Sabha adjourned

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 03:29 PM IST
The session began at 9 am with Rajya Sabha chairperson Venkiah Naidu welcoming all the Members of Parliament and the new Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge who replaces Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Close
The all woman crew at the cockpit (from left): Commanders Thanmai Papagari and Zoya Agarwal with first officers Akansha Sonawane and Shivani Manhas. (PTI)
The all woman crew at the cockpit (from left): Commanders Thanmai Papagari and Zoya Agarwal with first officers Akansha Sonawane and Shivani Manhas. (PTI)

'Need to destigmatize women's roles': Air India pilot Shivani Manhas

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 03:03 PM IST
  • Captain Manhas, a first officer of Air India, was part of the longest direct route flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru which flew over the North Pole with the all-women pilot team, covering a distance of about 16,000 kilometres.
Close
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa arrives to present the state budget 2021-22 in the Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, March 8, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa arrives to present the state budget 2021-22 in the Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, March 8, 2021. (PTI Photo)

In BS Yediyurappa’s Karnataka budget, borrowings see sharp increase

By Sharan Poovanna, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 02:12 PM IST
The Karnataka chief minister has provided 52,529 crore for providing stimulus to economic activities.
Close
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa presents the state budget 2021-22 in the Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, March 8, 2021. (PTI Photo)
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa presents the state budget 2021-22 in the Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, March 8, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka government slashes stamp duty on low-cost apartments

By Sharan Poovanna, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 02:06 PM IST
The cut comes at a time when real estate companies in Karnataka and especially in Bengaluru have requested for some relief to boost sales of unsold apartments in India's IT capital.
Close
Graphic depicting the location of the earthquake(National Centre for Seismology)
Graphic depicting the location of the earthquake(National Centre for Seismology)

Magnitude 3.6 earthquake hits Himachal Pradesh's Chamba

Edited by Joydeep Bose | ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 01:29 PM IST
Notably, an earthquake measuring magnitude 2.4 on the Richter Scale had hit the same region last month, the NCS had informed.
Close
Chief Minister of West Bengal state and Trinamool Congress party leader Mamata Banerjee.(AP)
Chief Minister of West Bengal state and Trinamool Congress party leader Mamata Banerjee.(AP)

News updates from HT: Mamata Banerjee to hold foot march in Kolkata

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 01:11 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
A pedestrian walks past a wall mural in Mumbai on March 6, 2021. (AFP)
A pedestrian walks past a wall mural in Mumbai on March 6, 2021. (AFP)

86.25% new Covid cases in 6 states: Govt

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 12:55 PM IST
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 11,141, followed by Kerala with 2,100 and Punjab with 1,043 new infections, the ministry said.
Close
Representational image.
Representational image.

Maratha reservation: SC seeks states' response on allowing over 50% quota

By Abraham Thomas
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 02:00 PM IST
The request to seek a response from all states was raised by Maharashtra ,which has maintained that it is justified in exceeding the 50% ceiling in the state to benefit Marathas
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP