Sushmita Sen is looking slim ‘n’ svelte for all the wrong reasons. “I first had a viral infection and then I had a relapse. But I am feeling better now. However, it sure did my mind good – lying in bed, I thought about how my life was going. That’s when I decided to work harder and with serious passion. I am a person full of energy and lying in bed really doesn’t suit me. In fact it was more challenging than a role,” Sush says.
However, now she has another viral patient in the family. “Renee is now down with viral,” she says, looking a tad worried. Talking about her eight-year-old daughter brings out the proud mother in Sush. “She is a very understanding human being. It is not easy being Sushmita Sen’s daughter. There have been times when other kids in the school say that she is adopted and she does not have an ‘original’ mommy. But she turns around and says, ‘I am so cool. You all were born from the stomach and I was born from the heart.’ I am sure these things must have hurt her, but she is a very mature and brave girl,” she says.
And does Renee have any comments on her star mother? “Always! For instance, she hated Vaastu Shastra. She said I looked very bad in the film and I should not do such movies. And the way she loves cartoons, you may see me as a cartoon character in a film soon,” Sush laughs.
Cartoon characters apart, what does Sushmita’s film kitty look like? “There are loads of films. I will be seen in Durga’s shoes in RGV’s Aag. And then there is Dulha Mil Gaya, in which I play Shimmer. This character is just like me, only her name is different. I have never looked so glamorous,” she says.
And then, she is off to do her dream role. “Next year, I will be in China shooting Rani Lakshmibai. I have cribbed about so many roles – either the scene was not right or my lines were not good. As I didn’t want anybody to mess with this role, I decided to produce it myself. I have done thorough homework on her and I am fascinated by what I learnt. The film will be ready by 2009,” she explains.