Nandita better director than actor: Tisca Chopra
What’s your role in Firaaq? How was the experience of shooting for the film?
There are five different stories that run interwined in Firaaq. I play Anuradha Desai, a Hindu woman married to a Muslim man. After the premiere
I got lovely reviews about the movie. It’s a must watch, I would say.
The movie is also the directorial debut of Nandita Das. How was she on the sets?
Nandita is a person of strong convictions and a very clear-headed individual. She is largely unflappable. She has all the great qualities that a director must possess.
Is she a better actor or director?
Director, I think. She’s done a terrific job with Firaaq.
What has been your most challenging role so far?
In a TV episode, I played a woman possessed by the ghost of her dead lover, that was absurd but great fun. Also challenging, as one can never really tell what really happens if one were to be possessed.
You have a pretty face but your image is still not that bold in the industry. People loved to see you playing mother in TZP. What’s your take on this?
What have I done to get a pretty face? That credit can only be given to my parents or my make-up people. On the other hand, I can at least take part of this credit for being a decent actor. So I shall. The rest of the credit of course must go to my directors and my teachers who taught me acting.
Would you like to break the image?
It will be broken soon after Firaaq and subsequent roles!
You have done TV as well. What gives you a higher kick — TV or movies and why?
Luck has been on my side. I have always had great love from the audiences. I am still reminded by many about the scenes they liked me in, on TV. And Taare Zameen Par took that to a new level. It is this reaction from the audiences that gives me the best feeling.
You belong to a family of academicians. What made you take to acting?
Actually, acting took to me. I did my first role at the age of three. Since then, I have had a sort of natural propensity to act. Though now I am working with Mr Sam Pitroda and the National Knowledge Commission towards educational reforms in the country.
Do you pursue any hobby?
There are so many. But I love reading. I loved the book ‘Heidi’ as a kid.
What makes you most happy?
Right now, doing this interview well is making me happy. I live for the moment.
What scares you the most?
Having no hope in life.