24 October, 2020

Jaya Bachchan

In conversation with Girish Karnad, on her career, her son and the fate of ABCL

Jaya Bachchan
Did something ever happen one day when you said this is my day?
One day I met Amitabh Bachchan.

But you are doing films now.
Yes, I have roles in Hazar Chaurasi and Khalid Mohammed's Fiza. But I will choose my roles. I'm not ready to work for films like Biwi No. 1.

Which is your best film?
I don't know about best film. But my favourite film was Guddi.

Your first role was in a Satyajit Ray film. What did he think of Guddi?
Satyajit Ray only asked me what have you done. I told him I've done a Hindi film.

Why have you never done what are called glamour roles?
I couldn't handle the weight of the hairdo and the make-up. And there has to be a gali somewhere for plain-looking actresses.

Now that you're doing a play in London, what's different with theatre?
Well, I find it difficult to go overboard with my hands and legs. I don't think I'm a theatre actor. But there's greater opportunity on stage to do things differently, to improve and to improvise. I've changed with the changes in...


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