‘NOT READY TO PEN A BOOK’

Vet­eran ac­tor Sharmila Tagore says she isn’t writ­ing her bi­og­ra­phy like her con­tem­po­raries be­cause she isn’t too fond of her­self

HT City - - My City - Naina Arora naina.arora@hin­dus­tan­times.com

While ac­tors Rishi Kapoor, Asha Parekh and Hema Malini have shared some lesser known and con­tro­ver­sial facts of their lives in their biographies, ac­tor Sharmila Tagore, says, “I am not too fond of my­self to write a book. I will do it when the time comes. I keep my­self oc­cu­pied with lots of things. So, I don’t know. Either it’ll be done posthu­mously or if I ever get down to it, I’ll write it.”

Not deny­ing the pos­si­bil­ity how­ever, she says, “I could. I write my own speeches. But it takes a lot of time, it’s a dis­ci­pline to sit down and write. I think about it and for­get it. I don’t put it down. Ev­ery time I think [about the book], I lose the mo­men­tum and the time is gone. One should do it now, as one for­gets a lot of things,” she said at an event or­gan­ised by PHD Cham­bers in the Cap­i­tal.

The Kash­mir Ki Kali (1964) ac­tor, who di­vides her time be­tween Delhi and Mum­bai says, “there’s lots to do” ev­ery time she’s in the Cap­i­tal. Tagore, who re­sides in Vas­ant Vi­har, says that she loves the vibe of the city brought forth through its promi­nent art and cul­ture scene. “I like read­ing and watch­ing films. Delhi, be­ing the Cap­i­tal, al­most all the shows come here. It’s privy to a lot of cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, lec­tures, art ex­hi­bi­tions, mu­sic and plays. But I don’t like to be too busy, I go to Pataudi, I like my gar­den,” she says.

Shar­ing fond mem­o­ries of catch­ing a flick with fam­ily, at Priya Cin­ema, Vas­ant Vi­har, she adds, “We just ring them up and say ‘we’re com­ing’, and they give us good seats. It’s a plea­sure to see [films] on this kind of screen.”

Talk­ing of the changes that she sees in the pro­duc­tion process be­tween the decades, she says, “We all had stylists, make-up [artists]. Every­thing was there. But now even new­com­ers, not the hero­ine, but [those with a] smaller roles, are given very nice vans. There is a lot of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and it’s very demo­cratic. There was a lot of hi­er­ar­chy [back then].”

Tagore hopes to see “women in big­ger, bet­ter and taller roles in the fu­ture”. “I feel scripts are be­ing writ­ten for Mr Bachchan and even Nawazud­din. But it’s not been writ­ten for Mad­huri Dixit [Nene], or Tabu. But I think that’s be­cause the au­di­ence also prefers the opin­ion mak­ers to be male. How­ever, things are get­ting bet­ter. But it still needs to im­prove.”

A lot of cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, art ex­hi­bi­tions and plays hap­pen in Delhi. But I don’t like to be too busy. I go to Pataudi, I like my gar­den SHARMILA TAGORE, AC­TOR

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