morning, this is night (laughs).
The training that I
took during Lage Raho Munnabhai was very helpful.
Then, I didn’t know
how it was. Radio was new 11 years ago.
I remember I had to
go to radio stations to see how they use the consoles. I had to
see which style I had to imbibe for the film.
Hirani, director) wanted me to listen to Malishka (Mendonsa, one
of Mumbai’s most popular RJs, who is also part of Tumhari Sulu)
and say ‘good morning’ like she did.
This time around,
that preparation was already done.
Munnabhai, I have been going to radio stations for movie
promotions for 11 years.
This time, I intently listened to one or two late night shows
and realised some of them speak in double entendres.
‘It is always disappointing when a film fails,’ says Vidya
about her last release, Begum Jaan.
But these things
were already in the script; I had to blindly follow it.
I would sit with
Vijay Morya, the co-writer, to learn the way of talking, which
is like words slipping into each other. It’s a more colloquial
way of speaking, but not completely Bambaiya.
Does being sexy come
naturally to you?
(laughs) As a matter
of fact, I thought we would shoot and then Suresh would get the
sensual bits dubbed later.
But he was shocked
that I even asked him about that.
I told him, ‘You
want it to sound sexy, na?’
So he asked, ‘Did
you hear yourself?’
I was like,
It was kind of
effortless. I didn’t think about anything. I just tried talking
in a slightly husky tone.
How was it working
with Manav Kaul?
I had seen him in
Kai Po Che and felt he was amazing.
But I didn’t
interact with him. I met him for the first time during the film.
He was chilled out. The minute we met, the ice broke.
There was a certain
trust. We weren’t in competition and we weren’t insecure. He
wasn’t insecure that the film was called Tumhari Sulu.
Your last release
Begum Jaan did not do well. Were you disappointed?
But thankfully, this
time, it didn’t feel it much because the movie released on April
13 and, the next day, I had to start my sittings for Tumhari
Sulu. We began shooting the film on April 26. So there was no
time to think.
I thought to myself
that I should always do this. On the day one of my films
release, I should start the prep for my next movie (laughs).
I always hope the
films do well though I don’t have a figure in my head.
Do you agree that
content is king?
Content isn’t the
king, it’s the queen!
I feel very, very
blessed about the audience’s love and expectations from me.
Today, more than
ever, there is no one type of a film working. You have Judwaa 2
and Golmaal Again on one side and you have Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
and Bareilly Ki Barfi on the other. Then, you have Newton and
Lipstick Under My Burkha as well. All the films are completely
People aren’t saying
they will watch only this genre or actor. They are demanding
Do you believe that
promotions help in bringing in the audiences?
don’t bring in audiences.
People watch the
trailer and decide if they want to watch the film. Promotions
are a way of hammering into people’s minds that we are coming on
so and so date. This is so that, if they like the trailer, then
they will land up in the theatre.
I don’t think
promotions serve any other purpose and people are understanding
I enjoy promoting a
film but we should stop doing it. It has become too much. It is
the same thing over and over again.
I feel you don’t
need to promote anymore films today. Doing 20 interviews and
talking about my character isn’t exciting. During Lage Raho
Munnabhai, getting a Sanjay Dutt talk about his character was a
big thing. Now, we are everywhere.
But actors and
producers feel insecure. They feel that what if the promotions
have the slightest impact...
Most stars are tired
of promotions but, if they don’t do it and the film fails, they
feel kar lena chahiye tha (should have done it).
How was it grooving
to the recreated version of Sridevi’s Hawa hawai?
We haven’t recreated
it. It is impossible to recreate a Sridevi song. I was happy I
got to do it because, all my life, I have danced to Hawa hawai.
It is an energetic song on which you want to dance. And whether
you like it or no, you cannot help but think of Sridevi.
I remember Shekhar
Kapur’s quote at that time. My sister told me Shekhar Kapur had
said, ‘I didn’t know what to shoot—Sridevi’s face or feet
because if I did a close up of her feet, I realised I was
missing out on her face and vice versa’.
I wonder what would
it be like to be on the sets of that film. If there was a time
machine, I would want to go back in time and visit the sets of
Mr India and watch Sridevi dance.
We plan to show the
song to her.
I have told her that
I am not recreating your song, just paying tribute to you. She
was very happy. She is so gentle and lovely.
What was your
husband Siddharth Roy Kapur’s reaction to the trailer of Tumhari
He loved the trailer
and me in it. He hasn’t seen the film yet. I have and I think
it’s good (smiles, taps the table saying, ‘Touch wood!’).
I haven’t decided. I
was reading scripts until two weeks ago. I will take a call
after Tumhari Sulu releases. I am a little torn between two
films—that’s always the case with me.
There were reports
of you being approached to play Indira Gandhi in a film. Any
truth to it?
I was approached a
long time ago but I said no. Unless the permissions are sorted,
I will not invest that kind of time and energy in the film. It
will be painful and heartbreaking if it doesn’t release.
I am dying to play
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