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My memories of being a film industry child was a longing to actually be a part of the industry. To have access to the people who were making and shaking things," said the director, who hit bull's eye with his debut film "Wake up Sid", produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions.
There was never a time when the "Mukherjee" surname helped him, he says candidly. The way our industry works, they don't bank on success which was years back. It is a very brutal space. While growing up, this was my complex," he said. Did the tag of being successful actresses Kajol's and Rani Mukerji's cousin help him?
When I wanted to work with Karan Johar as an assistant, neither of them called him for me. I got my job like anyone else I am sure when he heard that I am related to them, he must have had a good feeling about it. But, honestly, there was no extra leg up I got from them," he said. Talking about his childhood days, he said he was almost embarrassed about his family being part of the film industry when he was young.
With your kids, you must try to give them undivided attention. I try to give them solo time where you play with them, talk to them, listen to them. Similarly, you give time for your workout. You slot a time for it, no matter what. But is that easy for a working woman? I hit the gym at 6 am. I wake up my kids. And once you get into a routine, it becomes easy.
Yes, you get exhausted by the end of day and want to pack up at 10 pm. The best thing you can do for your body is sleep. Cater to your body as much as to your mind.
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Your body after all houses your mind. You have to pay attention to your physicality as much as your mentality. I can have my meals delivered at the door. You can be completely cerebral but you have to realise that your body is also important. People are reacting to you differently. All the angst we have, the stress we have can be controlled, if not completely eradicated, just by working out. So this makeover that we see, is it a conscious decision?
My diet has been good for the last five years. My way of thinking, way of eating has slowly evolved into a lifestyle. But I like to put my kids to sleep. It takes me time to put them to sleep and I enjoy it. The way you dress up these days has changed dramatically. But I have the time now to indulge myself. When you hit your mid 30s, did you go through mid-life crisis?
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Is this transformation because of that? Everyone asks me why have you suddenly decided to dress up. You want to explore certain parts of your personality that have been dormant.
You have the time to do it now. The external changes show. We all are a work in progress. Would you ever do botox or go under the knife to preserve your looks? I like the way I look now. I believe I look way better now than I did 10 years ago.
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I can understand going for botox atwhen you want to keep things in place. Your skin is fresh, young. Why would you do that to yourself? Every adjective that I know, I throw at myself every morning in front of the mirror. Ya, I have taken a break from work. I have not wanted to do three songs and two scenes in a movie in a long time. Now the bent is more towards my family, my kids. So for me to take time away from them and do a movie, I need to have something that I completely believe is worth it.
I have a life beyond the movies. So what are you looking for in a script? I believe Son Of Sardaar is an art film. So when you say art film, what do you mean? It has to be a good film.
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It has to be a great screenplay. I know what a good book reads like. I feel a good script should be as good if not better than a good book.
I am in a good financial space. I have everything that I want in life today. Why did you turn it down? Ya, Karan Johar had offered it to me. So what are the kind of films you enjoy watching? I love regular films. I loved Ironman 3. I loved it so much.
I clapped, I whistled, I enjoyed myself in the film. What a fab screenplay.
What an actor Robert Downey Jr is. He was just superb. What are the kind of offers coming your way? That would be limiting myself. I want something meaty. I want something fantastic to do. I said I was waiting for a perfect screenplay. I guess somewhere down the line I expected that. How has your relationship changed with YRF after the recent controversy? How has my relationship changed?
You think you were caught in the crossfire between your husband and Yash Raj Films? He was standing up for what was right and I will stand beside him. And as far as anything else is concerned, you can consider it as a casualty of war.
I guess they thought it was more important for them to make it a personal thing rather than what it was. It was a professional stand that we took against a practice. It was not meant to be a personal war against a man. It was against a practice and therefore it was against the corporation, or against the company.
But it did strain relations, right? Ya, probably more than that. And yes he was a friend once. How relationships just change ya?
It was just so petty.