She’s been off the radar for a while but now it seems like actor Rani Mukherjee is crafting her comeback story. Mukherjee, who was written off in the face of competition from fresher and younger faces, made a comeback with “No One Killed Jessica”. But the focus continued to be on her personal life rather than professional. Now awaiting the realease of her new films, Mukherjee said “I won’t deny I am dating someone but that’s about all that I’m willing to say.” She added that the industry had changed radically in the last few years. “The first look of a film is now as important as the film itself. This is a far more diversified industry; one that has gone global in every way.” She also admitted that her confidence had taken a beating but recollected her father’s advice: “Don’t be disheartened with failure and don’t be over excited with success.” During this phase, she concentrated on her other interests.
Saas-bahu to social issues
Ekta Kapoor intends to add yet another first to her formidable list. Kapoor has announced that her serials will now address social issues and the first issue she’s taking up is breast cancer. Kapoor, who was shocked by the prevalence of this disease, said that the script of her current TV serial would be reworked to create awareness about breast cancer. “I should have done this long back. As a woman this is an important initiative and TV reaches out to so many people. So knowledge and awareness can be created and disseminated.” What about the effect on TRPs? Kapoor retorts, “As a professional, I will chase TRPs but I would be worth nothing if I did not use my position or ability to reach out to people for something good.” Asked about others copying her, Kapoor laughed, “This is something they should copy. I am surprised that I did not do it earlier. But better late than never.”
Naseeruddin Shah had announced his retirement plans saying he was fed up with the calibre of actors and films being produced. But all that seems to have changed suddenly. Today Shah is eating humble pie. “I will never say anything like that again. Something interesting came up and some projects were fantastic so I decided to stay on.” At the same time he is clear he is not into formula films. “I don’t see myself in those roles. I need something new and more challenging. Given some of the new releases, so I changed my mind about retiring.” In the same breath he added he wouldn’t mind trying his hand at direction again. “I’d love to remake my earliest film but that, at the moment, is a dream.”