Kajol has always turned the most ordinary scripts into something extraordinary. Happy being a wife and a mother, she is a lady who exactly knows what she wants. Here are excerpts from her latest interview!
Rumours are you're making a comeback.
I've been making a comeback for eight years! After marriage people said I've made a comeback, after Nysa was born people said I've made a comeback. Now after Yug, people are calling my return to films as a comeback. I have done quite a few comebacks. I don't think you can call it a comeback anymore!
Have you signed any film lately?
"Hits, flops are part & parcel of Bollywood business" - Akshay Kumar
I haven't signed anything right now. I haven't spoken to anyone. Yes, I'd like to do a film. But I'm waiting. I want to take my time, wait for offers to come my way. I will not rush into it. I'm being honest when I say I'm in a comfortable space right now. I have kids, a family and I have a production house going. So there's lot of stuff happening in my life. I'm not at a loss over what to do. Films are not the sole area in my life. Films are a passion. But it's not like I'll die if I don't get another movie. I'll grow, I'll flourish, I'll learn something new but I'll always do something that I like. If I get the absolutely right film I'll do it. I will not make a compromise for anything else.
Would you ever want to get out of your comfort zone?
I would definitely like to. I know what my comfort zones are, but without a back-up I will never step out of my comfort zone. I don't go bungee jumping; I won't jump from the third floor without a safety net. I don't do such things. That's not my personality type.
You appear impulsive.
I'm not impulsive. I follow my gut. If it's something I believe in, I'll go ahead and do it. I'll listen to whatever my heart says. If I truly believe something to be right for me then I'll go ahead with it and not look back till I reach that point. And there are very few things that bring you to that point. There are very few scripts that call you and say that 'damn you have to do it'.
So your career will never be the central focus of your life ever again?
It was never the central focus of my life. As of now, I'm not saying I won't do films. The kind of film I do has to suit me. I can't do a teeny bopper role. You can't put me in a college scenario and ask me to do that role.
How do you find the perfect balance between family and career?
I find it. Though it's difficult at times. I think the best way is to take one day at a time. If you think you're going to do this for five years or for the next two weeks then it becomes difficult. And I've realised that you can't be perfect. Nobody can be perfect. I forgive myself very easily.
So was it difficult with the first kid or the second?
It was difficult the first time. I think you take things more seriously the first time. You get more paranoid. The sun won't rise if the medicine doesn't go down her throat right now. By the time the second baby comes, you've realised a lot of things.
B-town entertainer Akshay Kumar entertained viewers with his latest released flick Housefull 2 – the much awaited sequel of the hit Housefull. He admits that its tough to be funny and being an actor he balances it with action by doing Rowdy Rathore. The B-town quotient of fitness says he is always ready for failures, and hit and flops are part and parcel of Bollywood.....
Houseful 2 begins where Housefull ended?
Housefull 2 is a sequel to Housefull but does not take off where Housefull ends, because the starcast as well as the storyline are completely different. If I played the role of a loser in Housefull, I play the role of Jolly in Housefull 2. There is confusion in the film because three to four characters are named Jolly.
Working with Sajid for the second time, what are his strengths?
I'd say without any hesitation at all that Sajid Khan's biggest strength as a director is that he is immature, because he can show fun and frolic in almost every film he makes. On the sets, forget about me and Ritesh Deshmukh, Sajid plays the biggest prank on every one.
Which is tougher, comedy or action?
I'd not at all hesitate to say that comedy is tough because I enjoy action completely and am very comfortable in action scenes. If I am doing a Rowdy Rathore, I am also balancing it with Housefull 2.
Action after 6 years in Rowdy Rathore...
I decided to take up an action packed film like Rowdy Rathore, produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and directed by Prabhu Devaa, after a gap of almost six years only because I feel that as an actor-producer, you are bound to make your audiences happy even while setting out to make films as per your own conviction. If you look at even fashion today, no one wears big collars but after some time it will be in vogue. Like fashion, themes too keep on changing in films.
How do you react when a film of yours clicks at the box office in a big way or bombs?
Success and failure both are a fact of life, whether you happen to be an actor, a journalist or a cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar, who surprised everyone with his 100th century after having been at the end of brickbats for his performance just some time back. You have to go through highs and lows. There will be no problem in your life if you set out to understand this philosophy. Hits and flops keep on coming in your way. It isn't a big deal. I should know because I too had delivered 14 flops in a row one time.
How would you evaluate your growth over the years?
It has been 22 years since I had made my debut with Pramod Chakraborty's Deedar opposite Karisma Kapoor. I have grown by leaps and bounds not only in age but also experience, as well as bank accounts. My family also has grown and same goes for the number of films I have done; but fact is, i am still the same old Rajiv Bhatia.
Are you aiming at being the 100-plus star?
The benchmark will keep on increasing with every passing year. I would not at all be surprised if a day comes when even a collection of say 400 crores will look to be too meagre. I do not do a film to prove a point. I do it if I like the subject and the filmmaker. It is just a matter of say four to five years when the collection of 400 crores would be a reality.