‘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
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