Sridevi: I will do any interesting role that suits my age!

Sridevi: I will do any interesting role that suits my age!

Mrs Boney Kapoor aka Sridevi conveys a lot with her expressive eyes, so we don’t mind at all if she verbalises so little with her sparse but sweet words. We cornered Bollywood’s ‘lady Amitabh Bachchan’ to know what it feels like to be back in the business with a widely appreciated comeback vehicle in English Vinglish

She arrives in a swanky spotless white Audi, a good one hour late, but we wait patiently at a suburban five-star hotel in Mumbai to chat with her. Dressed in a sunshine yellow top that complements her tangy leggings, Sridevi has the aura of a diva. And it hits you the moment she steps out of her plush vehicle.Riding high on the success of her sensational comeback film English Vinglish, the 49-year-old veteran actor barely manages to keep her petite frame balanced on her pointed stilettos.

With her manicured fingers tightly clutching a gold designer bag slung over her shoulder and sporting a curious smile on her face, Sri walks into the hotel lobby. Once there, she hurriedly calls for the elevator and rushes quickly towards the conference hall. “I am sorry, I was not aware of the exact time when the interview was scheduled. Sorry to keep you waiting,” she apologises in her trademark shaky voice, her gaze serious and smile welcoming.

We get down straight to business, right after congratulating Sri for her wonderful celluloid comeback with a delightful film. Slowly, the conversation moves to the making of the film, its commercial success, the critical appreciation it received, Sri’s glamorous life, her private space, her aspirations, her producer husband and two lovely daughters, her journey so far, her road ahead and much more….

Your comeback film English Vinglish is a success. How does it feel?

It feels great when you realise that you are accepted, your work is accepted and appreciated. Success comes much later. I am glad that people liked the film. They liked my work and the hard work we put in as a team to make a wonderful film. English Vinglish will always remain close to my heart.

Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor – the two huge stars of their times – tried to make a comeback, but neither achieved the kind of response you did. What according to you made English Vinglish a hit? Is it the Sridevi effect?

No, I don’t quite think that it is Sridevi effect. You have watched the film; you tell me why you liked it! I think you liked it because it is a good story. People could relate to that story. Everybody is working hard in the industry to be successful. I don’t think I did anything special. It would be unfair if I claim that I made the film a success. The credit goes to director Gauri Shinde and her team.

Was it easy to face the camera after 15 long years? Do you think you have evolved as an actor in terms of how you project yourself for the camera?

Honestly speaking, I never analysed myself that seriously. I know the times have changed, but I didn’t do anything special to change myself as an actor. For this film I blindly followed Gauri’s instructions!

What was it about the film that compelled you to sign on the dotted line after a long hiatus?

It is the story, undoubtedly. The director’s conviction to show the story on the big screen made me sign the film. I thought I had to be a part of this film, for it struck an emotional chord in me when I read the script. Woh boltein hain na ki andar se awaz aayi ki yeh film mujhe karni chahiye (an inner voice told me that I should do this film)…

Actors have specific goals or aspirations in their minds when they sign a film. Have you achieved your objective you wanted to with English Vinglish?

I didn’t want to achieve anything. I didn’t choose this project to prove anything to anyone. But I am happy with the kind of response we are getting for the film and the message it conveyed so beautifully. I was touched when a lady from Toronto, Canada, told me that we don’t realise how we treat our own people, our friends, our close ones, especially our mother, unfairly, many a time unknowingly. English Vinglish made her cry. That reaction touched my heart.

Director Gauri Shinde showed a lot restraint to make your character in the film believable. She could have easily made you dance; she could have perhaps inserted an item number – all the rage these days. But she showed intelligence and put the character before the star. Did you miss dancing in the film?

I think Gauri did a fine job there. Though I love to dance, it would have been inappropriate to show my character breaking into a mindless item song. Uski toh zaroorat hi nahi thi na (It was not needed, right)!

Your character Shashi – or for that matter, her goodness – is taken for granted by her family. Did you face a similar kind of situation in real life considering the fact that you are a big star for the rest of the world, but in your private space, at home, you are a doting mother and a dedicated wife?

Thankfully I never faced such situation at any point of time in my life. At home I only play a mother who knows what to expect from her daughters. Nobody takes me for granted. Every individual needs respect, honour and love. Main ghar pe apne daughter pe cheesein impose nahi karti, they have their own share of worries and set of hurdles (I don’t impose things on my daughters). Our family respects the individual space we need in our lives. In fact, after the screening of the film my daughters told me that we hate those characters who don’t value their closed ones.

After English Vinglish what kind of roles would you like to play? Would you stick to women-centric films, or are you open to doing full-fledged commercial films as well?

I never thought about it seriously, but I will do any interesting role that will suit my personality, my age. But I have to be comfortable in that role.

In that case, what should a script have to seduce you on board?

As I said before, as long as the story interests me and challenges the artiste in me, I am comfortable playing any character. Yes, I will do it.

What projects you will be working on now?

There are a couple of projects, but I am not allowed to talk about them at this point.Subscribe to me on YouTube


  • sotty

    She is being modest. Of course the film had a great story and direction but no one can deny that it was Sridevi’s phenomenal performance that elevated the film to such heights. She is truly the best we have today. Period.

    • Kirti

      what modest?? she had no star effect, the film started qith 15% despite all the fake and made up applause about TIFF. She is a big failure. She is nothign but a JOKEr, who cannot even talk properly.

      • rajesh

        are u a jealous madhuri fan? ofcourse it was sridevi’s amazing natural performance elevated the film to such height, it was a good story but performance orientated. Sri fans knew it won’t get a big opening in india from the 1st day as it is 15 years of spotlight, change of audience, but what a way she made a comeback. worldwide superhit is not mean feat to achieve.

        • TR

          sri fans knew it would not have an opening and it did not the film is good but sri is a pain to watch. Her voice is so irrtating. She was tolerated only because the film was good. Yet the film would do much better with any other actress

          • Avantika

            Then why did you take this pain to watch it..let other ppl watch.

          • rajesh

            u think sri fans care what u think, she was called meryl steep of indian cinema by global media because they can see the powerhouse talent. Yes at least sri sounds different, she has the capability to modulate for different roles. Madhuri fans burning with jealousy and hatred and I’ts really sad lol.

      • Sanjay

        You should die now in jealousy..jealous haters..lolz..


        You are a jealous monger. Because of Sridevi’s stupendous and mind blowing performance this film got worldwide recognition. Of course the director also did his job so meticulously which elevated this film to this ecstatic, phenomenal success. Sridevi is a born actress who acted more than 400 films as heroine in all the major Indian languages and also paired with all the superstars of South and North. If at all she has some defects as you mentioned she never would have achieved this much. This achievement is something no heroine on earth can even dream or imagine in their lifetime.

        • Amit Mehra

          I think her comeback movie is a hit… and thats what counts at the end of the day

          Madhuris movie flopped …. that goes to prove Sridevi made a sucessfull comeback

          It is difficult to get critical and comercial sucess… Sridevi’s movies was blessed with both

          She deserves an award

          which actress of yesteryear has made a sucessfull comeback

          Sridevi and Kajol are the only ones

      • Amit Mehra

        I think u should take a hike…. u cant be even half as popular as her …..with that voice she is A SUPERSTAR… with ur voice what are you

    • sumit kumar pal

      this movie are boring ok

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  • Saroja

    Sridevi always gives credit to others..even though she worked hard on dancing steps but she had given all the credits to Saroj Khan..and here she is giving all the credits to director..but as audience we know..without Sridevi EV wouldn’t be as it is now..she carried this simple story and made it big..Sridevi effect ! And a BIG THANKS TO Gauri Shinde to back our Sridevi with such nice way!

    • Heer

      you are so audience, you are just crappy test sridevi fan. Don;t forget 80$ of viewers today said they did not want to see sridevi. It was in a genuine surve done by filmfare magazine with real people. only people with bad taste and who thinks acting like a clown is good performance like her. Piece of trash

      • Avantika

        Why you Madhuri fans are so jealous of Sri? See how Madhuri respect her in every should respect the seniors.

  • Halimali

    Why mince words guys?

    English Vinglish: The best comeback ever. successful both commercially and critically.

    Aaja Nachle: The worst comeback ever. Big failure both commercially and critically.