I have loved thrillers since childhood. I also loved Kitty (Sushmita Mukherjee) in the night-time detective serial Karamchand of yore. The same actor was appreciated for her performance of the blind old woman in Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006). Yesterday was her birthday and I bagged the opportunity to get her interview last Saturday. 🙂
Asked how it is looking back at her journey till now, she had this to say, “I studied theater from National School of Drama and came to Mumbai. I started with television. Then, I produced several teleserials for a long time. I was acting. I used to write. It has been a very long journey of 30-35 years. Looking back, it was a wonderful thing to be paid for what I loved to do. And I would do it even if I did not get paid. I feel blessed that I could turn my love into my profession. I just love to wake up in the morning and to know that I have to work.”
Today, many lead artists are also being given comic roles in movies. I wanted to know if that had any repercussions on the roles given to the dedicated comic actors. When asked are comic artists taken seriously and given relevant opportunities, she replied, “Previously, comic artists would remain comic artists. Things are changing, now. There are several examples like Vicky Donor (2012) or Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006). In these movies, the central theme is comic. So, people are getting to see grey comedy. These are not dark comedies. They are grey comedies. Yes, there are a lot of opportunities. It is not the kind of comedy where a fat man is falling in love. It is a sensible comedy that gives a serious message to the viewers. There is a lot of scopes that have been opened up.”
Bollywood and Sushmita Mukherjee: Following are just some of her favorite songs from Bollywood movies, not only those picturized on her but also her other favorites:
Kyon aage peeche dolte ho… Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006) This song was picturized on her and Paresh Rawal.
Yeh reshmi zulfen… Do Raaste (1969) She says this romantic song reminds her of her growing up days.
Kabhie kabhie mere dil mein… Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
Kahin door jab din dhal jaye… Anand (1971)
Tu jo milegi na humko… Aadmi Khilona Hai (1993) She wanted to give this song the pride of place. But, I did not find a separate video of the song from a reliable source.