Ya! Really is for example my father does not watch Hindi films at all, I don"t think he has ever seen my mother"s, my brother, or my films and a lot of people find that quite strange but you know it never just bothers me and mother also which is very liberal. There is sort of brought us up they have invested a lot in educating us. I think the idea now is to make certain decisions ourselves and we live independently which is great. I do not know but I think I am very sensible as well; I have not done anything hugely disastrous.
What was like just growing up in such a famous parents because we used to take about filmy families but you didn"t just have filmy family quite sporting family, lot of pro following when you are going out?
But I was lucky that I was born in Bombay but then I spend most of my home time in Delhi which is not as quote unquote filmy as Bombay. So I didn"t grow up filmy parties and I didn"t have a lot of friends growing up in the industry any stars kid or any thing and I"m quite grateful for that. I became aware of who my father was when I went off to England, I realized he captained Oxford because I was in Oxford as well and I learned about his cricketing career because so many people asked questions so I used to make up answer to tell them and I did some research you know. Its strange and now having joined the industry which my mother had been a part of for fifty years and now is when I have appreciated the kind of work she has done. The opportunity she had to work with the people like Satyajit Ray and you know some of the films she has done.
So you are telling me that you didn"t know how famous they were?
No really, because my father was not playing cricket when I was born. Some father-son matches happened and he happily scored 300 hundred runs and just didn"t get out and I think that was his highest score playing against the bunch of nine years olds and my mom of course wasn"t working in film either so yaah I was quite oblivious.
Do you think that is inevitable that eventually you would end up in films? Cause of your mother, your brother and just because of the ways it works?
Everyone wanted me to do something else so it was kind of me going the other way. So it was quite strange may be because I was the youngest and I was a girl and my mother was quite sort of worried about me and thought I would do better in a field that was not so much about personal insecurity and financial insecurities. They just wanted to see me more settled and stable. And this is not the industry to sort of settle and be stable at all. And I went away and I made the decision to quit working at the bank that I was working at to the film without telling anyone and I wouldn"t advice that to anyone out there tell your parents before you make any life altering decisions because there was a cold war for next two months.
What is your colleague says at your bank that I"m quiting to make a film?
I know my boss when I first started working there she said why you are here, why you are not working in the films is just set of a time. Ya, no, no I never going to work in films and then exactly fifteen months later I was handing in my notice and saying I"m going off to do a film.
Were you working in India when you working in the bank?
I actually applied to a bank in England. I was to work near green park station in Bakri Square and I was very excited about that because I do love England. I had lived there four years and made some friends there and I wanted to stay there but then they said that they would train me in Bombay and I came to Bombay and worked with bank here and then I was completely seduced by films, which is very seductive as work and it is very magical. It"s been two and half years I have been working in the industry, and I haven"t looked back.
How did you find London when you were here, you know old memories of being in London?
I loved it but I missed most is toffee flavored yogurt like good.
We were talking before about being part of the showbiz family obviously comes with that lots of media attentions and most of the worst thing you had to deal with that"s written about you and your family?
Not a lot actually has been written about me personally but yaah a lot is written about my brother and I think I have been slightly num to it now because it"s been many years even before I was been become a quote unquote public figure and I am used to reading about them. So I think as long as there is communication between the family members, you know what is actually going on because it"s always slightly distressing to read about the things in a paper when you don"t really know. So I think as long as you talking to each other and keeping each other in a loop then its not that sort distressed.
Soha, you mentioned about your brother so tell us about latest him and his girlfriend because there is lots of speculation.
He is very open about his life. I always feel uncomfortable talking about someone else but because he sort of wears his heart on his sleeve. And we all know to whom he his seeing these days and I just want to say that I have never seen him so happy and he is very genuinely happy, his career is going very well right now and it all seems coming together for him.
So get on quite well with Kareena?
I have met her only on a couple of occasions so I still know her better as an actor. And I saw Jab We Met recently, which I thought it was phenomenal performance by her. And you know whatever I have seen it"s been lovely but it was only couple of dinners we had together.
She has been to the family home yet.
No, not yet. I do not think she has met my parents as yet as far as I know. But she met me and my sister and we have met for a couple of dinners and its been very nice.
How come your brother handled all that because whomever he went out with, there is always someone talking about it?
I think he is all right and he is all grown up now and sometimes it must get to him he is completely loss of anonymity, people look at you whenever you go out. I see more of that in him than in my life so it must be frustrating I think. To have every thing you do and then be scrutinized and analyzed and somebody having an opinion on everything you do. But then again, he must be num about it since he has been in the industry for fourteen years.
I have to ask you on subject of romance just about yourself. There is lots of talk about you and Abhay.
There is lots of talk about it. I think the job of an actor to be in love more then it is to work in films. And genuinely like get linked up as you know with lot of your co-actors. Abhay and I are good friends and we have done a film together. And we have been to see films together and we must have gone out for a meals with a group of people, and the likes, people tend to write about that but we are only good friends.
I have one question are you currently seeing anyone at the moment?
I am not actually currently I am single but I am quite romantic and you know give some time.
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