You’ve become a producer, you’re a new mother, you recently got married. Do you believe in the power of expression?
I don’t sit and manifest things, but I strongly believe in things. But still, you won’t get everything in life. Even before the release I want it to do really well, really strongly, but still, if the film doesn’t do well, it doesn’t mean my expression doesn’t work, it means the film t work. Sometimes things are not in your control but you always need faith to get through the day and tough moments in life.
Were you disappointed by all the negative reactions and noise that came out after you and Ranbir announced your pregnancy?
It was a beautiful experience. There was so much love and positivity. We got a lot of warmth. When you talk about noisy people, I was expecting because there is a blasphemy in everything beautiful. Chand pe bhi daag hai. I was neither surprised nor bothered by the negative reactions. I think these things stem from a very stupid and shallow place. I remember only the good things and still lots of love coming. Why not focus on the positives instead of focusing on some crappy eyebrows.
In our exclusive interview, Karan Johar He revealed that he was emotional when you broke the news of your pregnancy to him. How do you feel about that?
I will never forget that moment, because Karan was crying wearing that cap, it was so sweet for him. But Karan and I sit and laugh about it today, but those moments will always be remembered when you are sharing the big news with the loved ones in your life. We are all a collection of our memories and it’s good to look back.
From being a naïve actress who joined Student of the Year to being roasted for your common sense to now being a powerhouse producer, how do you see your 10-year journey in showbiz?
When people ask me, would you go back and change anything about your life, I always say I really don’t have any regrets. There is nothing I can change in the past because the person I am today is because of all the actions I took in the past. I’m so grateful that I have a voice that can put stuff together. I can promote ideas that come to me from young directors and writers and that is a beautiful position. It is also a position of responsibility. I have worked really hard to get to where I am today. Hard work is a given in any field, but I feel none of this would have been achieved without blood, sweat, tears and many sleepless nights. But I have endured. I am excited to build my production house and release more content.
How much of a role did you let your personal relationships and emotions play into the character of Darlings, considering you’re now experiencing motherhood like your character in the film?
Relationships are always different and I don’t have much in common with my character in Darlings. That’s what makes the character so refreshing. When it comes to motherhood, of course, there are some universal things like – friendship, love and there are layers like sometimes you are a mother and then sometimes she is a mother or vice versa. Those things are intended to be the same, but not just for me, but also for the audience, so they can relate to the characters and their dynamics.
An abusive relationship is a major theme in your film. How do you think women should respond to abuse and violence in their relationships?
It really saddens me to know that there are so many people who are afraid and living alone. It is the biggest fear for many women. How am I going to do it all alone?
It is difficult to say how a woman should react to an abusive relationship. They should ideally separate themselves from it and I think that’s what we’re trying to say through the film. You have your own identity, your own needs and what happens in our society is that we are taught to put our partner’s needs before ours. This is a representation of an abusive relationship between a man and a wife, two life partners. But sometimes it can happen in other dynamics as well. Violence of any kind, when inflicted on a person is not okay, it is not permissible.
Women who are in abusive relationships must have the self-awareness and self-responsibility to know that it is not their fault. Don’t pay attention to the fact that people say you are doing it wrong. It’s not something you need to put up with. People assume aisa hota hai, so just go with it and suck it up. But why should it be? There is no need to do this, you only have one life. Different people will respond to this situation differently, but at some point, they must react at some point.