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If a script excites me, I will do it: Sridevi
On screen, Sridevi is forever the effervescent 'Chalbaaz' girl. But the actor who has made an impressive comeback after 15 years in 'English Vingish', likes to keep a low profile. She talks to TOI-Crest about her return to the screen.
Most actresses who 'retired' from cinema after marriage have not been to able stay away from the silver screen. Is acting such an addiction?
I can only talk about myself. I wanted to enjoy the joys of motherhood and give my time to my children. Then I heard the script of English Vinglish. As a woman, I could relate to the script and the character of Shashi. Even if the script had been narrated to me five years ago I would have done it.
Was language a problem when you started acting in Hindi films?
When I started acting in films as a child artist, I was working in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. I didn't know all the languages. The director would make me mug my lines and I would repeat them like a parrot. I would do the same when I started doing Hindi films. While working I slowly learnt the language.
These days you are participating in promotional events which you avoided in your heyday?
Those days there were just two or three magazines and we gave interviews to them before the release of a film. Today, promotions are a big thing. There are so many TV channels, magazines, web magazines, newspapers and you have to give a lot of time to promote your film. It's the scale that has changed. I did it then and I am doing it now.
You seemed more comfortable on KBC promos than in 'Jhalak
Dhikhla Jaa'. Were you worried about being compared with Madhuri?
I was comfortable during the shoot of both the shows. Their formats are different.
Your French co-actor of 'English Vinglish' Mehdi Nebbou wants you to act in his first directorial film. Is that true
? I haven't heard about it so can't comment on it.
What are your memories of working with Yash Chopra who has just turned 80? Is it true that he was one of the filmmakers to offer you films during your break?
Working with Yash ji has always been special. I am honored to have have worked with him on Chandni and Lamhe. The atmosphere on his sets is homely and there is always so much to learn from him.
Will we get to see more of Sridevi on screen?
At present I am only thinking of English Vinglish. If a script or the character excites me, I shall surely do it.
There are a lot of Sridevi fans who are wanting to see you comeback on screen. Will Sridevi be able to impress them?
That is for the audience to answer.
Do you see your daughter in movies?
My daughters are still young. I want them to concentrate on their studies. I believe that once my daughters have grown up, it's for them to decide what they want to do. As a mother I shall always support their choice.
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