Do you think the industry has changed since the time you made your debut?
There is a wide variety of scripts available for women today. Earlier, actresses used to play the same kind of characters. Today, there is scope for them to explore so many areas. Age is also not an issue anymore for female actors. I remember my mother was playing a mother’s role at the age of 35. But today women at the age of 40 are doing lead roles. They are doing solo heroine projects where they are the main protagonists. This I feel is a huge change in the industry for women.
You are planning to turn producer?
I am working on content currently. It takes time to work on good content. There are a lot of writers out there but you have to find one who matches your sensibilities. I am not looking for genres; I am looking for films that will speak to me and that which will make an impact. I want to make an entertaining film but also that will also make you think.
Our population is very influenced by cinema. Cinema is part of our culture. I feel as filmmakers and actors we should be responsible influencers. I would not want to wrongly influence my viewers.
Even if people said that ‘Neal ‘n’ Nikki’ was too much exposing. I believed in the subject. I believed in women to be equal, free and be whatever they wanted to be. Today, people come up to me and they watched the film and they loved it.
Who amongst the new generation of actors do you like?
I love Sara Ali Khan. I think she is phenomenal. She is very natural. Whether it is on-screen or off-screen, she has beautiful energy. Alia Bhatt is my all-time favourite. She is one of the most effortless actresses. Even Janhvi Kapoor is also blooming like a flower.
Amongst the men, I am a huge Tiger Shroff fan. His action is phenomenal. Ayushmann Khurrana is also very good. What I love about him is that he is one of the responsible people in the industry.