Sridevi: There's a new market for women-oriented films after Queen, Kahaani, Piku, and English Vinglish

In the third week of June 2017, Sridevi was in Chennai to promote her upcoming thriller Mom, which also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna.

Mom is Sridevi's first Hindi film in five years after the critical and commercial hit English Vinglish, directed by Gauri Shinde. It is also being dubbed into Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

Mom's an important milestone for Sridevi — it's said to be her 300th film, and marks her 50th year in the industry. It is being produced by husband Boney Kapoor, while Ravi Udyawar makes his directorial debut with this film.

In an interview with Firstpost, Sridevi spoke about Mom, and how she connected with the role:

Sridevi at a promotional event for her upcoming thriller Mom. Images via Twitter

Sridevi at a promotional event for her upcoming thriller Mom. Images via Twitter

It’s been a long journey since you started as a child artiste in Tamil and Telugu films 50 years ago. And then you ruled south cinema, and Hindi films in the '70s and '80s. Now you're back with Mom...

I love Chennai... I grew up here and did hundreds of films here before I went to Mumbai. My life is an open book and I've received a lot of respect and love from the audiences here in the south. There is some kind of connect between the audiences here and me and even though I went to Mumbai, I still get that love and affection. What more can I ask for?

What attracted you to Mom, a thriller ?

The plot of Mom is what attracted me. As a real-life mother to two kids who are growing up, I could connect with Ravi’s story emotionally. The film is all about a relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter, the values and special bond that they share. My instinct tells me that it will work at the box-office.

Is it a woman-centric film like English Vinglish?

I’m basically a director’s actor. I loved Sasi of English Vinglish, though now I have fallen more in love with Devki of Mom. There is a new market for women-oriented film as proved by recent hits like Queen, Kahaani, Piku and of course, my English Vinglish . But there are also other actors in Mom... like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has done a terrific role in the film, along with Adnan Sidiqqui, Akshaye Khanna and Sajal Ali, who plays my daughter. Sajal is somebody to watch out for.

Is Mom a revenge drama of a mother avenging her daughter?

I cannot reveal the plot. Let us keep it under wraps till 7 July, when the film releases, to know the extent to which a mother would go for her daughter. Mom is a well-made commercial entertainer with lovely music by AR Rahman.

There's been a lot said about you turning down the role of Sivagami in Baahubali, which was offered to you by SS Rajamouli... 

Another actor (Ramya Krishnan) did the role well and the film is a hit. Now what is the point in talking about it? It doesn't make sense to me.

Is it true your daughter Jhanvi Kapoor is being groomed to be an actress? When are you launching her?

It may happen, and you will  get to know about it soon.


Published Date: Jun 28, 2017 10:30 am | Updated Date: Jun 28, 2017 10:32 am


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