Starting from Awara Paagal Deewana to Shootout At Lokhandwala, Aarti Chhabria has been enjoying an eventful journey in Bollywood. She may not have hit the top bracket over the years gone by but Aarti is happy that she has survived well to create at least a small place for herself in the industry. As she gets ready for a double bill this Friday with Daddy Cool and Toss hitting the screens, she speaks to Joginder Tuteja about the journey so far and how she intends to do better work in time to come.
This Friday sees the release of two your films – Daddy Cool and Toss. Proves the saying that ‘Bhagwaan jab deta hai to chappar phaad ke deta hai‘?
[Laughs] Very true, it is actually a ‘chappar phaad‘ moment. Of course I am excited and nervous but in a way tremendously happy too. This shows that I am pretty much alive and kicking in the industry. Last three weeks especially have been such a roller coaster ride while doing the promotion of both films. It has actually been a 24X7 job and a very tiring and hectic schedule. But do I mind that? Naah, not at all. I wish I have more such weeks in future as well.
Last three weeks especially have been such a roller coaster ride while doing the promotion of both my films- Toss and Daddy Cool.
You must be happy though that from genre perspective, Toss [thriller] and Daddy Cool [comedy] are different.
Of course yes. Toss has me playing the role of Sasha who is someone you would either love or hate. She is someone who hails from Goa and hence being sexy comes natural to her. She doesn’t try to be sexy though but it’s the boldness in her attitude that brings that element out. She is certainly not the girl next door either. There is nothing regular about her and her actions are extreme.
You seem to be really excited talking about this film.
Do you think I am being hyper? Arrey nahi, by nature I have always been very expressive. In fact as a child I was called as a ‘chanchal bachcha‘ because of this nature of mine [laughs].
By nature I have always been very expressive. In fact as a child I was called as a ‘chanchal bachcha’ because of this nature of mine
And how much of a ‘chanchal bachcha‘ do we see in Daddy Cool which happens to be a fun and entertaining comic outing?
Now that one is a really amusing outing that I found myself in. More than being ‘chanchal‘, I play this really nagging wife of Suneil Shetty. As Nancy, I can’t stand my mother in law [Suhasini Mulay]. I may look at her and smile but my inner voice would always be like ‘you bi#$h’!
Aarti, you have been around for some time now and have been a part of a few successful films, starting from Awara Paagal Deewana to Shootout At Lokhandwala. Why have you not been aggressive in pushing yourself hard in this industry?
Well, actually it is high time that I start doing that. I need to give that ‘black coffee’ shot to this industry and make them wake up to the work that I have been doing. In fact I am doing so much good work down South as well. The best part of Daddy Cool and Toss coming together has been that I have managed to be much more visible amongst the industry folks and media today. There have been great feelers that I have received during the last 3-4 weeks gone by.
I need to give that ‘black coffee’ shot to this industry and make them wake up to the work that I have been doing.
So what are your future plans from here?
Well, it has been a long time on the runway and it’s time to take off now [smiles]. In fact I haven’t signed any new movie for the last 1.5 years and am actually waiting for the best work to come to me. It was crucial for me to be saying no to things that didn’t excite me. There is no point doing something that I wasn’t convinced about and I am sure that this wait won’t go waste.
Do you feel more publicity around you would help?
See, all of that stays at the peripheral but what matters eventually is your work in the end. I may not be an Ash in terms of popularity but in my own ways, I have managed to make a place for myself in this really HUGE industry. I feel like a part of it at least, even though it could be relatively smaller. I know that there are people out there who trust my capabilities and are sure that I will prove myself eventually.
Ok, so on a parting note, which of your two movies would you watch First Day First Show in theaters?
[Laughs] Did you really think that I hadn’t thought about it myself? Well, I will ask my ‘Cool Daddy’ to ‘Toss’ the coin and decide it for me!