Soni loves Ma­hesh’s ex­cite­ment over shar­ing screen space with her

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - CITY | ENTERTAINMENT - Rishabh Suri ■ rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Ac­tor Soni Raz­dan is ec­static that she got to act with her fam­ily mem­bers in two dif­fer­ent films. She shared screen space with daugh­ter, ac­tor Alia Bhatt in Raazi (as her on­screen mother) and with hus­band, film­maker Ma­hesh Bhatt in Yours Truly, which is her first film as a lead.

About the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Alia, Soni says, “Work­ing with her was re­ally spe­cial be­cause we had a lot of scenes to­gether, [al­though] many did not make it to the fi­nal cut. That was so cool that now she’s in a po­si­tion where I, as a mother, can step back, be an ac­tor, re­spect and ad­mire her. There doesn’t have to be the thing of me be­ing her mother. That’s nice about be­ing able to work with some­body who is close to you, yet when you get on sets, both of you are pro­fes­sion­als.”

Ma­hesh, who has al­ways been be­hind the cam­era, gladly made an ex­cep­tion for Soni’s film. “Work­ing with Ma­hesh has also been a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. He’s my hus­band, and his sup­port to our film has been so help­ful. He has en­thu­si­asm, and I love the fact that he’s not an ac­tor by pro­fes­sion, but he jumped into it when he got this of­fer. He was like ‘of course, I will do any­thing, it’s your film!’ (laughs) We were so happy to have him on-board,” says Soni, adding that this year has been more re­laxed for her com­pared to last year.

“I am de­vel­op­ing my own stuff now, and putting my se­ries to­gether for some­thing (a stream­ing plat­form). I want to even­tu­ally direct it,” says Raz­dan about her fu­ture projects.

I love the fact that even though Ma­hesh is not an ac­tor by pro­fes­sion, he jumped into it when he got this of­fer. He was like ‘of course, I will do any­thing, it’s your film!’ We were so happy to have him on board.

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