Soni Raz­dan thinks Ran­bir is a ‘lovely, lovely boy’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Rishabh Suri rishab.suri@htlive.com

Ran­bir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s bud­ding ro­mance has been mak­ing buzz in Bol­ly­wood. And while spec­u­la­tion is rife about whether the cou­ple will take their re­la­tion­ship to the next level, Alia’s mother, ac­tor Soni Raz­dan says she does not turn to ru­mours for news about her daugh­ter’s life. In a free­wheel­ing chat, she speaks about the mother-daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship, why she never re­ally did many films and what’s keep­ing her busy now.

How did you feel when spec­u­la­tion about Alia dat­ing Ran­bir Kapoor started do­ing rounds?

I have a very good re­la­tion­ship with my daugh­ter. I don’t go by what ru­mours say; I talk to her di­rectly. We have had dis­cus­sions on what’s go­ing on or not go­ing on in her life. It’s her life at the end of the day, so I am happy to let her live it the way she wants to.

Has she spo­ken about Ran­bir with you?

I don’t dis­cuss th­ese things with any­body. (Laughs) Of course, we know Ran­bir very well.

Rishi Kapoor re­cently said ‘Neetu (Ran­bir’s mom) likes her, I like her, Ran­bir likes her. Get it?’…

I don’t know re­ally, Rishi ji is very out­spo­ken, he never minces words. We all know each other, I have worked with him. I know Neetu and Ran­bir. What’s the big thing? But

Ran­bir is a lovely, lovely boy.

In a ca­reer span­ning al­most four decades, you have done very se­lected work. Was that a con­scious de­ci­sion, or a lack of good roles?

I think I can be hon­est, and say: lack of good of­fers. There was just not good work at all, I don’t know why. In those days, there was a per­cep­tion once you get mar­ried. I was young and I got mar­ried to a di­rec­tor and a fa­mous guy (Ma­hesh Bhatt). Then it was like ‘ab shaadi shuda ho gayi toh kaam karne ki kya za­roorat hai?’that was the at­ti­tude I had to fight against. In those days, there were a lot of prej­u­dices, which don’t ex­ist to­day.

Please go on…

I am not the kind of per­son who won’t get mar­ried be­cause of my ca­reer, be­cause there was noth­ing great hap­pen­ing in my ca­reer any­way. I be­lieve in liv­ing life or­gan­i­cally, tak­ing it as it comes. I never stopped work­ing when I got mar­ried and had kids. I did tele­vi­sion, and al­ways tried to do what I could do. To be hon­est, no­body was run­ning af­ter me with roles, so there also came a time when I did ne­glect the act­ing side, and was keen on di­rect­ing and pur­su­ing that. Peo­ple got this im­pres­sion ‘she’s di­rect­ing not act­ing’, stuff like that. I can’t blame other peo­ple (fully) I was also not putting my­self out there.

Yours Truly, your first film as the lead, is go­ing to the Bu­san Film Fes­ti­val. What’s it all about?

It is a film which ad­dresses the is­sue of lone­li­ness. It’s about a woman who’s not so young, and how peo­ple never stop search­ing for love, and age is ir­rel­e­vant. It’s about the need to be wanted, to have a companion in life. Play­ing the lead char­ac­ter was also some­thing I thought I would never get at this age, be­cause no­body makes films for peo­ple my age. It’s un­usual from that as­pect.

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Soni Raz­dan

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