What is your role in Houseful 2?
I play the role of Heena, Chintuji's daughter in Housefull 2. Chintuji and Dabbooji play reel life brothers too in the film. While I play Chintuji's daughter, Jacqueline plays Dabbooji's daughter. Jacky and I bonded extremely well because we play cousins in the film and we had more time to bond with one another and even started treating one another as sisters.
In what way is comedy in Hindi films different from that down South?
Down South, in Tamil films, there is always a separate comedy track by itself starring popular comedians like Vivek and Vadivelu whereas in Malayalam films, the comedy track is woven into the text. I find in general that comedy in Hindi films is very situational.
What you liked about Chintu and Dabboo?
The passion that both Dabbooji and Chintuji have for films is indeed amazing. I already had a lot of respect as well as admiration for both of them. Both used to regale us with anecdotes about their career while we were playing word games on the sets. Chintuji took care of me as if I were his real daughter.
Working with three other heroines like Jacqueline, Zarine Khan and Shazhan...
We had fun working together. I know people say that if there is more than one woman on the sets, sparks are bound to fly but we got along well. As long as I am clear about what I am actually getting into and there is clarity in what is narrated to me, I am comfortable working in a multi-star cast film. I do not believe in forcing my presence in any film in which I am working.
Three films in three years... Why?
It is true that Houseful 2 is my fourth film in Bollywood. There are a lot of factors why I am taking it easy as far as signing films are concerned. I am not at all in a frantic to rush into signing films. I do not have any financial constraints to grab films left right and centre. I want to have my own space and want to take a little time to do things my way. I do not agree when people tell me that if I am out of sight, I would be out of mind too. Most importantly I am not here to prove any point. Each person has his or her own priority.
Can you explain?
I am concentrating on only commercial space right now as an actress. If I get a fleshed out character in commercial frame, I'd be happy to do a film because I want to connect to a large number of people instead of limiting myself to art house films which very few people tend to watch. Also I do not want to be repetitive because I have a body of work down South.
After working with Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, now it's heard you are part of a project with Shah Rukh Khan...
Though I have been hearing reports in the media that I am being considered to be cast in 2 States opposite Shah Rukh Khan since it is a film about a Punjabi boy falling in love with a Malayalee girl, sadly it is not true yet. If I am suitable for a role, a producer will certainly cast me opposite Shah Rukh Khan too. It would be my proud privilege to do a film with him.
How you describe your Bollywood co-stars?
Aamir is very meticulous about his scenes. Not only does he deliberate about his scenes as but also improvises his scenes in consultation with his co-actors.
Salman Khan on the other hand is very chilled out and you have to be alert and have your antenna on and be prepared about whatever changes come your way when you are acting with Salman.
Akshay comes on time on the sets. Finally I am glad I could do a film with Akshay Kumar after working with Aamir Khan and Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn. I really admire the way Akshay has been able to manage not only his body of work over the last 23 years but also his body. Akshay and I could get along well on the sets because like him, I am also an early morning person, who is disciplined and punctual to the core. Ajay is not only a fabulous actor but also a big prankster. In fact, Ajay played more pranks on me than even Akshay.