Kajol is always a delight to talk to. Unpretentious and confident, she has a lot more to share than just the details about her upcoming film. An intelligent actress who ensures that the conversations go as lively as ever, she was yet again at her candid best when we interacted about Helicopter Eela which releases this Friday.
So are there a lot more layers been explored in the film when compared to what one sees in the promo?
Well, yes, of course. We are talking a lot more. We are talking about generation gap, we are talking about single parenting, mother-son conflict, we are talking about teenage angst, and a lot more. What I further liked about it is that we are saying this all in a nice, casual and a funny way. There is a message also but then we are not forcing it down someone’s throat. Somewhere we hope that when audiences come out of theatres, they would look at each other differently. They would be more kind and compassionate towards each other. Jo nazariya hai ek baat kehne ka, woh thoda soft ho jaayega. We will stop criticising ourselves too and stop being harsh.
Can you please elaborate on this point?
Yeah, I guess in today’s times we are criticising ourselves real harsh. There is an interesting quote that I read which was about how can we expect ourselves to be happy when in social media our lives are being constantly compared to those of the others. There is so much that you see around you as this supposedly perfect life of others. You don’t know whether it is perfect but then the pictures that you see on Instagram showcase their lives oh-so-perfect (laughs). We constantly compare our dirty rooms with their pristine living rooms.
As for the film are we looking at more of a drama or humour?
Honestly, it is a well-balanced film. It is neither all fun nor games, nor is it all drama. It is not overtly emotional where you end up howling like ‘hey bhagwaan, yeh kya ho gaya’ and then you need a box of tissues, but then it is not a Golmaal Again either (laughs). We have drawn a line and apni taraf se toh achchi well balanced picture banaayi hai.
So now that the film is ready for release, what do you have to say about it?
Well, the fact that it is a fun film. It is not just for a targeted audience. It is for your wife, husband, children, everyone. Most importantly it is a U-rated film, yeh sabko bata do. Aaj ke time mein not many films get this certificate. We are very happy about it. Action hai toh sirf ek thappar hai aur woh bhi ek bete ne apni maa se khaaya hai (laughs).