She was the original desi baby doll in Maine Pyar Kiya. Now much-married and a mother of two adolescents, Bhagyashree has donned the grease paint again and is currently shooting for a TV show, ‘Laut Aao Trisha’.
We chat with her about her first hero, Salman Khan, her son’s debut in films and more. Read on.
“My son wants to come to films; I did speak with Salman Khan about him.”
Good to see you back before the camera with your TV show, ‘Laut Aao Trisha’. But why did you take such a long break?
It is about finding the right show with the right people. I cannot do just anything that comes my way. Quite often I have been offered decent stories but I was not sure about working with the people involved. In television you tend to spend long hours daily for months at a stretch. So you cannot work with people you may not like to spend time with.
What is so special about ‘Laut Aao Trisha’?
The show has a soul and the relationships between characters are multilayered. In real life, both relationships and people change over time. Also no character is black and white. In every good person there would be something bad and in every bad person there would be something good. Everyone will identify with at least one of the characters in the show.
You say people change in real life — have you experienced something similar?
Of course! I can only talk about myself. When I got married, I was very naive. I was quite like my character Suman from Maine Pyar Kiya. My outlook towards life was bookish and I believed people are either good or bad. So if I got to know that a man was having an extramarital relationship I would label him bad. But over the years I have realised that what you see may not be the entire truth. The man might have issues, or may be his wife started cheating first. As you grow, you tend to start learning from life.
What has been that one thing you have treasured most about your family?
Family is forever. They are there for you. And, I treasure my two beautiful children. I suppose every mother would say that!
Your contemporaries Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla and even Sridevi are still acting in films. How do you rate their work?
There have been changes for the better in movies in the recent past. I was very happy to see Sridevi making a comeback with a beautiful film, English Vinglish. It is refreshing to see someone play her age and yet have the story revolve around her. Today, you don’t need to pretend to be younger and play parts which do not suit you.
I am hoping that more such movies will be made. I would love to be a part of such films.
How important is acting to you? Would you describe yourself as ambitious?
May be I was not ambitious earlier. At that point in time my family was my priority. Today, I have done my duty. I have raised my children and even studied with them. I have been a friend to them. Now they are independent. The best part is that I am still young enough to enjoy life and work too.
Your son is preparing a debut as an actor too.
Yes, like many kids who have a connection to movies, he too has a desire to act. He is currently preparing himself and waiting for the right time. My only advice to him is work hard because there is no substitute for that.
The buzz is that Salman Khan is mentoring him. Is that true?
Well, I did speak with Salman about him. But I would not like to talk much about that now.
Salman and you became a hit pair with Maine Pyar Kiya (1989). What is your equation with him?
I have a very special feeling for Salman. He was my first co-star and there were many more firsts during the shoot. I know many actors fall in love while shooting for their first film together, but we just became very good friends. He was someone I could talk to just about anything.
- Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Bollywood News Service