You started as a child star at a very young age. Do you relate children and their journey when you determine them on the show?
Children are my weakness. I love them. They all dance so beautifully, I get confused when deciding who performed better. I enjoy learning from dance experts Mercy Pestonji and Nora Fatehi and them. We are not right, but we have learned from our mistakes. Even the public will give us a second chance
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Nahi sali do doosree saleki. Today, they are trained and perfect. So, it is not possible to say who is good and who is bad. Of course, we encourage them. But otherwise, they are all great and doing something new. I learn from them, and it’s amazing.
One would expect more of you to see more movies following your return to the big screen with ‘Love as Stone’ and ‘Too Tune Char’ (2010), but you choose to do only a select few. Have you changed your mind recently because you have taken on more projects?
I had no desire to return to acting, but I needed the producers of ‘Tho Dhooni Char’. So, Rishiji asked me to come as a part of the film, which I initially refused. However, he suggested that I listen to the script before making a decision. I loved the story and agreed to be a part of it, the film was appreciated by the people. I did the ‘talk’
Mera Ek Lalach Tha Kyungi Usme Ranbir Aur is just husband Dono The. Unfortunately, the film did not do well at the box office. I was not interested in returning to work because I was busy. Rishiji keeps me so busy that I don’t have time for anything else. However, after my husband died, my children (Ranbir and Rithima) told me to work because they did not want me to sit at home. That’s how I was forced to do ‘Jag Jag Jag Geo’ and a couple more shows. I started to enjoy the process. I started to develop my confidence that was zero when I started filming Jag Jak Geo. My kids encouraged me to do something. I also became very social. I can’t invite people home or go out. My husband’s friends are friends with me. I rarely went out for lunch and dinner. But now, I practice all the time, because this is what I want to do now. Life is so sad, I don’t want to be sad. I want to be happy.
You left cinema at the age of 21. Now that you are back, how do you look back on this on-off relationship with pictures?
I started acting in cinema at the age of five. That was enough for me when I was 21 years old. I had no life as a child or as an adult. I have no friends. I worked three shifts a day and starred in 80 films in seven years. At the age of eight I became very famous through ‘Do Kalyan’ (1968). Fame
Bee Mill Gaya,
Sub Kuch Mill Gaya, So I wanted to be relaxed. Acting was a job for me then. I never aspired to be an actor. I had to do it for my family. Now, I want to be busy and happy. All I know is that I want to act in cinema and I do that. Rather than it being a tool to distract my mind, I enjoy the process. I get pleasure from it. I enjoy getting ready, meeting people, thinking about the film and learning my lines. After a certain age, extra effort is required in memorizing, as in memory
Ho Jati Hai (Smiles). I remember those days when I read my dialogues once and gave the shot. I was so fast. Even for my dance performances, I rehearse once and give the tag. No rehearsal.
Aaj Kal Do 10-10 Din Ek Kane Ki Rehearsal
Carde Hain. Today I am more excited than I was then as an artist. I look forward to every step. I also like to travel.
The last two years have been difficult for you since Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer and he died. Has this stage changed you as a person?
It takes time to regain hope. Maybe, I’m not 100 percent there, but I’ve been there. Has transformed me into a human being. I became stronger. I have always been strong with my husband, but today I have to take care of my house, finances etc. Before, my husband used to take care of these aspects, but today I have become the man of the house. So, I became stronger because I was more dependent on him than I was when my husband was alive. Today I take care of everything.
There is a lot of buzz around the Ranbir and Alia wedding.
Mujhe kuch bada nahi hai. I like to celebrate it out loud, but today kids are different. Both are individuals.
Kab kar lenge bada nahi, But
Hoki Jaroor I congratulate Jalti Ho Jaye because I like both. Alia is a very beautiful girl. I adore her. She is a beautiful person. Ranbir and Alia were created for each other. They are very similar. Ranbir is pure-hearted and uncorrupted. He sees things positively. No one has jealousy or negative thoughts. I see the same quality in her. Both are self-confident and will not speak ill of anyone – even if someone’s movie is good or well known. They complement each other.
Your mother-in-law Krishna Raj Kapoor will always take care of you and treat you like a daughter. Do you share the same equation with Alia?
I hope to do so in the future… when they get married. My relationship with my mother-in-law was excellent. She loved me more than her son. We were friends. We talked about everything under the sun and I would complain to her about my husband (laughs!). We were very open. I hope I have the same equation with Alia because she is also great and wonderful.