Celebrity Interview: Dimple Kapadia ...


By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

Mumbai, April 2 (IANS) The gorgeous Dimple Kapadia is excited about her much-appreciated film "Being Cyrus" and brushes away talk of any lack of ambition.

Though she is hardly in a mood to talk cinema with her sister being in hospital, Dimple is quick to refute remarks that films have never been a burning ambition for her.

"That's a fallacy," she told IANS in her trademark husky voice. "I've always been very focused on my career. I don't know who started this rumour about my being indifferent. The film has to be worth it, na? My last release 'Pyar Mein Twist'... it didn't really matter."

The 40-something actress is excited when talk veers to her grandson, Akshay and Twinkle's son, Aarav.

"I get to spend a lot of time with him, almost every day. He's the man in my life. Quite a handful."

She dismisses the hue and cry over the supposed casting coup in her last film "Pyar Mein Twist".

"The whole hungama about me being paired with Rishi Kapoor was so silly. There has to be more to a film than two actors who have worked together before. But it's okay."

However, she is now excited about "Being Cyrus".

"'Being Cyrus' is a film very dear to me. Otherwise I wouldn't be talking about it. Have you ever seen me doing promotional interviews? This was one of the most exciting films I've done. Working with the director Homi Adajania was an unbelievable experience.

"It was absolutely out of this world. Homi has worked so hard. He has put the film together so beautifully. He knew exactly how he wanted each character to be played. He'd correct me if I didn't do a scene his way. It had to be done the way he visualised it. And it wasn't just in his head. He has executed his ideas so well. 'Being Cyrus' was my most beautiful experience as an actress."

The last time Dimple was so excited about a film was for "Dil Chahta Hai".

"That was great fun too. Like Homi, Farhan Akhtar was a first-time director. I like working with directors who are first-timers. They're brimming with ideas. And they work so hard on their scenes. It's a common trait to the new generation. They don't have a chalta hai attitude. Believe me, I've seen enough of those all my career. Farhan and now Homi were a refreshing change."

She loved the experience of working with an extremely talented cast in "Being Cyrus".

"I had worked with Naseer (Naseeruddin Shah) before. But not with Saif (Ali Khan) or Boman (Irani). They're fine actors."

Though there's no dissatisfaction in her as an actress she does miss having more roles to play that suit her stature as an actress.

"There's nothing significant coming my way. But sometimes I need to do insignificant roles for the bank balance."

She admits there was hardly any money in "Being Cyrus".

"But I guess the satisfaction that it has given me is a big reward in itself. Doing 'Being Cyrus' gave me a big high. It was a great experience working in this film. And I'm sure it will be as rewarding for viewers."

As for the perfect roles for this gorgeous actress...

"I guess they're yet to be written. Mera number bhi ayega... But that's okay. I'm grateful to have got this much in my career."

Isn't she tempted to produce her own films just to derive the satisfaction of doing substantial roles?

"Not at all. I don't have the head for business. Agar aa gaya role to theek hai, nahin aaya to bhi theek hai. It doesn't really bother me. Life has been wonderful. My daughters are well-settled. Bas aur kuch nahin chahiye. They should remain happy. I've the candle business too, which I enjoy as much as acting. So life is good."

It's hard to believe she's only in her 40s.

"Such a full life. And I intend to go on leading it exactly the way I've been doing. I want to do one film a year, relax, chill out.... Ek-aadh to achchi filmein mil hi jayengi...I could get lucky by chance. Right now, after 'Being Cyrus' and Pankaj Parasher's 'Banaras' there's nothing else."