I’m a big admirer of Vidya Balan. I watch all her films: Sridevi
She’s the favourite of newage Bollywood heroines, be it Deepika Padukone or Nimrat Kaur. Tell actor Sridevi that, and she says: “I also admire them as they are all doing an amazing job. I love to watch their movies.” Who’s her favourite? “I’m a big admirer of Vidya [Balan]. I watch all her films. She’s outstanding in whatever she does,” says Sridevi. Interestingly, Vidya Balan is set to dance to Sridevi’s hit song, Hawa Hawai from the 1987 blockbuster, Mr. India in her new film, Tumhari Sulu.
Giving more reasons for her fondness for Vidya, Sridevi adds, “I like the expression and the innocence in her face. [When she’s acting], it’s as if a light appears on her face. It’s amazing. She’s very talented.”
Of late, a debate has been raging about female-oriented films in Bollywood. Sridevi’s upcoming film, Mom, also falls in the category. What’s her take on the issue? “There had been a break [actresses were not playing meaty roles]. But now, they’re taking up more heroine-oriented subjects.” The actor, who has done films such as Chandni (1989), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991) and English Vinglish (2012) with strong female parts, says producers are now willing to make more such films. “Films are more story-centric, so it’s nice and really good [for the industry],” says Sridevi.
Talking of iconic films, speculation has been rife about her readying to start work on Mr. India (1987) sequel after Mom. However, she denies those reports. “There’s nothing like that. People are keen [about it] and want Boneyji (Kapoor; producer and husband) to make Mr. India part 2... He will definitely be making a part 2, but it’s too early to talk about it,” says Sridevi.
In the wake of multiple remakes and sequels of old classics, ask her if sequels are a great idea and she says: “There is nothing wrong! It’s fun watching a film again in a completely different style.”