Sridevi is making a comeback with ‘English Vinglish,’ directed by R Balki’s wife Gauri Shinde who makes her directorial debut with this film.
The film has a message about Indians being looked down upon simply because they are not well versed in the English language. Sri will be learning English in the film.
“My kids did not give me any lessons in the English language, nor did they discuss anything about the film.
“All they told me was that they have liked the look and also that they loved me going back to my profession, that is, acting. Everyone in the family, from Boney to my kids, supported me a lot,” she says.
Sridevi was known to be slightly finicky during her hey days.
“No, I am totally a director’s artist,” Sri claims. “I followed Gauri (Shinde) blindly. She helped me a lot.
“Being in front of the cameras after a long break was a fresh experience. Having worked under the guidance of Gauri, I think it will be a little difficult for me to work with any other director.”
She adds, “I opted for this film merely because of the intriguing tale.
“Also, it tries to vouch for our country as well as the national language, Hindi. When Gauri narrated the story I instantly felt this was what I wanted to do.”
Looking gorgeous in Western attire, she says, “Draping a sari and moving about in a simple manner is my character.
“I could live up to it because Gauri kept guiding me at every step. I have literally learnt making ladoos,” she adds with a smile.
Sridevi is in awe of all the actors of today. “It is very difficult to point out any favorite actor as such. But on the whole I feel all the actors have lots of energy and they are also very good at their work,” she notes.
On the completion of 100 years of Indian cinema, she observes, “Cinema has come a long way, from our times to today. Indian cinema has improved technically.
“The filmmaking process has changed for the better. It feels great to acknowledge these changes.”
Sri is open to more offers: “If I come across any good scripts you shall definitely see more and more of me.”
Lastly, refusing to divulge any details of a possible sequel or remake of ‘Mr. India,’ she says, “We are keen on making ‘Mr. India.’ But the right person to provide the details is Boney Kapoor.
“The decision on me being a part of the film also rests with Boneyji.