The director of Bajaate Raho, Shashant Shah was quoted saying that he changed his script after seeing ‘the 50-year-old protagonist running the show,' in Vicky Donor. What was your reaction?
I didn’t believe him when he said that he moulded the script after watching me. I told him, ‘Haha! Yes, I believe you did it.’ But he actually weaved in my character separately to revolve the story around it.
How was it working on the sets of Bajatey Raho?
Shashant had already roped in the ‘Tees Maar Khan’ of comedy in Bollywood- Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak, Tusshar Kapoor and Ravi Kishen. He is such a fine director that he makes everybody feel special. Even characters with one or two lines get his full attention because he wants to make sure that each line carries a punch.
Is Mrs. Baweja in Bajatey Raho any different from Vicky Donor’s Mrs. Arora?
Well, world’s full of Punjabi mothers. They make for very strong characters. You can see that dominance in their gait even when they call out for an auto-rickshaw. Punjabis, more so Punjabi women, take life as it is by maintaining a very healthy attitude towards challenges. Mrs. Baweja has a different point of view from Mrs. Arora.
You are straddling your acting career with costume designing in films. Tell us more about it.
Recently, I was working on the costume design for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. It’s based on partition and a living legend from Punjab, Milkha Singh. Partition is a genre close to my heart.
What’s keeping you busy these days?
I am in Chandigarh, enjoying the lovely mausam. After having lived in Delhi for 38 years, I was married here. I keep on finding a window of opportunity to come back to the Capital. When I come here, ‘Thandak pendi hai’ (It’s refreshing).