'I am a Speilberg heroine'
What excited you about dubbing for the Hindi version of Steven Spielberg’s The BFG?
This is a film directed by Mr. Steven Spielberg, it’s based on Roald Dahl’s book, Mr. Bachchan and I play the principle characters ... so how can I say no?
I watched the film and loved it. I have a heavy and distinctive voice and to become the voice of a 12-year-old girl was a big challenge. But I am happy I did it. Spielberg is one of the top directors in the world and I always joke that this was my one chance of being a Spielberg heroine.
Did you get the chance to interact with Spielberg?
No, because this is in Hindi we were working with the team over here.
Do you think this could be your launch into Hollywood?
No. This is a Hindi release. But of course I would love to go there if there is a good offer.
You missed out on working with Amitabh Bachchan in Piku...
No, I wasn’t approached.
Okay! But did you get the chance to interact with him on this film?
No, dubbing doesn’t work like that -- I was dubbing in my studio and he was doing in his. But I have the pleasure and honour of knowing him since the time he called me after Isqhzaade. He is always very appreciative of my work and calls after every film. I have an amazing relationship with him, we always talk about doing a film together.
On the film front, what is the status on Meri Pyaari Bindu?
The first schedule has been shot. The second will start on July 28. We are waiting for Ayushmann Khurrana to resume shooting. He is in the US for a tour he will be back soon. This film is a beautiful story about two characters. The script touched my heart. I had a gut feeling that I had to do this film.
What is it like to work with Ayushmann?
Ayushmann is one of my favourite co stars. I love my working relationship with him. We both burst into singing all the time and they have to tell us to shut up. We are on the same wavelength because I sing too and he understands my singing technically and vice versa.
You have also bagged another film – Homi Adjania’s Takadum with Sushant Singh.
I am excited about working with Sushant again. He is a great actor and keeps you on your toes. Also, I was dying to do a film with Homi Adajania. I will start shooting in October.
Buzz has it that you are also a big contender for Dabaang 3...
This is what I have heard last night but there is no truth to this. I will announce my next film soon.
Did you feel bad about missing out on working with Salman Khan in Sultan?
I wasn’t approached for Sultan, I think they were thinking about me. I am the biggest Salman Khan fan and it would be amazing if I ever got to do a film with him.
Are you teaming up with Arjun Kapoor for Mubaraka?
No...Nothing has been announced; I will not talk about it.
Your cousin Priyanka is busy with her international projects. Has she had time to spend with you?
Yes, of course! Recently, she was in India and I spent a lot of time with her. I saw her after such a long time but we face time and we talk. She knows all the work that I am doing but she gives one the freedom to do what one wants.
Do you feel due to your work commitments love and relationships have been sidelined?
No, I give a lot of importance to my personal life, it’s as important as my professional life.
But then how come you are single?
I have just not met the right person. I need a simple, honest, uncomplicated person ... and that’s very hard to find.