Does it feel good to be back to the grind of shooting?
Being back on the sets feels fabulous. Yes, I have been away for 6-7 years. But I never really missed anything. I have always been connected to movies through Kareena and various endorsements.
Why did you wait for so long to make a comeback?
My first movie released when I was 16 years old. Thereafter, I worked very hard. Settling down and having children was a gradual progression; and I was very clear then that I wanted to focus on my family. Vikram (Bhatt) asked me to do a film on past-life regression a couple of years ago but I didn’t want to work. One day, he came to me again and said he had completed the script; and it would be the first woman-centric 3D movie in India. I was completely bowled over by the script. And now that my daughter is older and going to school and my kids have so many activities, I decided to do
How much work goes into retaining your looks and figure?
I have always been into fitness, and healthy eating habits, so it is all of that put together. Going for a walk is a daily routine. I have never felt the pressure to do anything drastic.
Your character in Dangerous Ishq undergoes past life regression. Do you believe in the karmic circle and reincarnation?
I believe in the karmic circle and destiny. We have travelled together through many lifestimes. I think all of us have experienced that when we talk to a friend or a co-worker. Suddenly you feel so connected to this person. You wonder why? It is because of the karmic connection.
Does Bollywood today offer more opportunities for heroines who are mothers?
I definitely think so. The audiences’ mindset and the industry has opened up. But I am in no rush. I could sign three films tomorrow but I want to work at my own pace.
How supportive is your husband Sanjay Kapoor about your return to films?
I would not like to answer that.
Are your children, Samaira and Kiaan, fond of your movies?
Frankly, they are very young. They have seen a few of my songs but they don’t watch my movies per se. They watch programmes like Sponge Bob on TV. To them I am just mom.
This is the first time they saw you working as an actor. Is Samaira excited for you?
No. She thinks she has a normal mom, not a star. She knows mamma is an actor and so is maasi (Kareena), naana (Randhir Kapoor), granduncle (Rishi). It’s normal for her.
Have Saif and Kareena set a date yet?
All of us are very excited and waiting for them to set a date. I really don’t know whether it is happening this year.
Considering Dangerous Ishq is about multiple lifetimes, how do you look back on this lifetime of yours?
I have learnt everything that I have been through in my life. I just take each day as it comes and am positive about everything that comes my way. I have no regrets.