Yours must be the first debut from the industry that took so long in coming; that, too, a cameo, a sort of a lucky charm for the producers of Main Aur Charles, which released last week. I say ‘a lucky charm' because that was what was reported in the media in the build-up to the release of the film. You were ‘lucky' in the sense that your brief moments on screen were impressive.
Born into the Nadiadwala family, one of the industry's foremost film family, yours must have been a fairytale growing-up years amidst all the big stars who came to see your father, Mr Ibrahim Nadiadwala, or your grandfather, Mr Abdul Karim Nadiadwala, who were part of films they produced.
So tell me, did you not even once feel that you had the ‘birthright' to be a ‘heroine'. I mean, there are so many star kids, or kids who have remote relatives in the industry, who think that they have it in them to be an actor even if they do not know the A of acting or E of emoting! Moreover, they think that this industry is their ‘baap ka raaj' [sorry to use that term] when we see so many talented actors from small towns struggling to get even bit roles, forget a full-fledged role.
I'm intrigued because of two things; one you took a long, long time to face the camera, and secondly and more importantly, you are talented and a natural in front of the camera. Your wanting to act would have been justified. So why did you not take your appointed slot in the industry, when all you had to do was just say it, “Launch me.”
When your grandfather passed away, the entire industry were part of the funeral procession. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, I believe, are forever grateful for Rafoo Chakkar, because they met on the sets on your father's film. They still speak about it.
Were films not offered to you, or were you tuned away from the arc lights? If you were tuned away then, it could have been for a good reason. But now that you have made your presence felt, it would be a grave injustice to your talent if you do not do more than just ‘lucky appearances'.
You will get the roles you desire if you make it known that you want to act. Now that your sons, Alim and Azhar, have joined the Morani business, I'm sure you will have enough time to pursue your dream.
Speaking about your sons, are they going to exercise their ‘birthright' of acting in films? Or will they, like you, just let it be? [Just joking!]
Finally, I would like to ask you one question that rankled me when I watched MAC. I even saw a befuddled expression on Adil Hussain's face when you said it. Why did you say “I want a divorce,” after you came out from the interrogating room with Charles?
There can only be three reasons: Either you were married in the film and had ‘fallen' for Charles' charms? Adil was your first husband, unknown to the viewer? Or you were just mouthing an inane line because the director told you to? Because, on second thoughts, even you looked confused and totally ill at ease when you said that; the scene ended abruptly.
A lot of things did not make sense to me in the movie; but your performance did.
Here's hoping we get to see more of you on screen
(This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be…)
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