Although the veteran actress has been prominently active in television and theatre, this film marks her lead role debut in Hindi films. Still fondly remembered for her portrayal of the grandmother figure in a popular TV show, the 72-year-old has no hesitation in calling herself an ‘outsider’ in the film industry. In a candid chat with CS, Sarita talks about past, present and future:
My entire family is connected with acting in some way or other. I myself have been performing on stage since the age of nine and my daughters (Ketki Dave and Purbi Joshi) are doing well on television. My nephew Sharman (Joshi) too was a lot into Gujarati theatre before moving to films. My artistic background helped me become who I am.
No favourite medium
I enjoy theatre, television as well as films. I can’t choose a favourite. Theatre is always a little loud as the impact is instantaneous. And there’s no second chance. On the other hand, camera allows you time and facilitates emotions that you might have missed before. Needless to mention, there is a huge difference between the three mediums. Each teaches you how to overcome your defect. It’s a gradual process and takes time. Glamour is also the distinguishing factor as one can give you instant fame while the other possibly can’t.
Age? Just a number
An actor seldom retires. Fortunately, new writers with newer ideas are coming up. We are having films where eminent roles are being written for ‘senior’ citizens (laughs) and it’s a healthy sign. I’m satisfied to contribute my bit to the change.
Theatre is something I grew up on, so I have a lot of memories attached to it. Having said that, I’ve worked in Marathi as well as Gujarati films — with celebrated directors like Sudhir Mishra, which garnered me several honours. When I moved to television, people appreciated my efforts. And now that I’m appearing in Hindi films, I’ve completed a full circle and what better way to celebrate than playing the title role? (Smiles)