Are you slowly becoming a victim of a smear campaign?
What do you mean ‘slowly’? I have always been a victim of controversies.
Why is it you and not Raima who is made the dartboard?
I too have wondered about it and we’ve discussed it at home. But frankly speaking, I don’t have an answer to that. And sometimes, all this upsets me too. I know there are people who are jealous and want to pull me down. But looking at the positive side of it, at least my name sells.
Some say that you have used everything apart from your acting skills to move up the ladder in Bollywood. Any comments?
I don’t think I’m in a position to comment on that. I come from a family with a film background. My father comes from the royal family and that gives me an edge over any other stars of my generation. And most importantly, I would like to tell my detractors that at least I get the ladder and not the snakes. I’m up there whereas others are still trying to climb up. It’s completely my business how I have gotten up and as long as my family knows the truth, I find it unimportant to clarify.
There is a buzz that the friendship of the Sen sisters is only for media’s sake. Comments…
There are people who don’t want us to get along and try to deliberately instigate us…
Are you afraid of your mother?
No. I know she does get angry and can throw tantrums. But I’m not scared of her.
How do you handle when your parents read about your controversies?
Till today, I have always handled everything by myself because I know that even if they don’t say anything they will always be there to support my decision.
Don’t they comment on the accusations of your fellow actors?
I am not used to washing dirty linen in public. I don’t even want to bring in the names of wannabes in this interview.
How do you resist the temptation of never asking your grandmother to promote you directly? Media is dying to have that one photograph of hers…
That’s because she is my grandmother. I have a life apart from films. Why should I take a picture with her? The same people who will publish our picture will write an extremely derogatory piece the very next day.
Does she know the work you are doing?
She watches my commercials. But we never force her to watch our films. If they are screened on television, she watches them.
We never get to hear about your grandfather (dadu)… Do you have contacts with that side of your family?
My mother will kill me if I talk about it.
What was his name?
I won’t tell you that. He was a car racer.
How does it feel to have someone as sexy as Moon Moon Sen as a mother?
I’m proud of her. My mother is a very strong person. A lot of people are scared of her and that’s something that I like. People are in awe of her and that’s also something I like. A lot of people look up to her and respect her. She is an extremely educated lady too.
What about her oomph factor?
She is naturally beautiful. A lot of people find her sexy because of her intelligence and voice.
Moon Moon, Raima and Riya – who is the sexiest of the three?
Do you wish you had been taller?
Even if I were given a million dollars, I would still like to look the way I am. Good things come in small packages.