Let me be very honest with you. I have never been impressed by your acting and I never knew what the fuss was all about after your debut in GANGSTER in 2006.
I watched and watched and never found anything interesting in your performances. There was never anything new offered by you. It was the same way of delivering your dialogues, sometimes in a high-pitched voice. No improvisations in body language either. Nor was any special care taken to essay each role differently.
And though KRRISH 3 gave you a role of a superwoman, I was not as much impressed by your performance as I was with Vivek Oberoi’s. Yes there was that shade of excellence when you shifted characters. The steely resolve to annihilate was cold and well-executed.
So why am I writing to you if I have never been impressed by any of your films?
Last week, I was pleasantly surprised when I watched you on television. It was one of the most satisfying interviews I have watched and the words you spoke and the manner in which you delivered it [with honesty and simplicity] was absolutely humbling, especially for a critic.
You spoke about how heroes have this ego and how they look through everything. You also spoke about how directors feel they are this ‘much pressured’ lot in this industry, as though they have the weight of the whole world on their shoulders. ”It’s not cool,” you said. So simply and so honestly delivered that it has to be the best words in the whole interview. How cool!
Wait there is more. You also spoke about your struggles coming from a small town, how you were made fun of because of your diction, accent and lack of English speaking abilities. You mentioned that you were not someone who had a father in the industry and all would be well and how your phone would suddenly stop ringing and all would be dreary.
You then spoke of how criticism was actually good for you because you took it in the right spirit, and worked on the flaws.
Finally, you spoke about how your parents (especially Dad) were grooming you like a puppy to be married and given away to another man in marriage to take care of his house. WOW. I totally agree with your views about most men (fathers) on how they feel about a girl, especially when growing up at home. Parents who train girls at home with their mannerisms so that they go to their sasural prepared should learn a lesson or two from your views.
Now I am not saying that marriage is bad. You reiterated the same thing too. What you were basically saying is that women should be given their due and that there is more to life than marriage.
You will make a great ambassador for deprived women. To fight for those who are trapped in marriages that are bereft of love with no escape route.
I wish you all the very best for RAJJO.
God Bless You
(This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be…)