Q. You’re drawn to negative roles, fromAjnabee on. Do you have a dark side?
A. It’s because I have no dark in me that I go looking for it. It’s the non-regular roles that work for me.
Q. You’re down to barely one or two films a year now. Why is that?
A. I did 10 films a year till I fell so sick I had to stop, then began my romance with fitness. I pushed a lot of opportunities away.
A. I want to be part of a film from its germ to its script, screenplay, characters, execution, casting, post-production.Aatma came a little more structured than Raaz 3.
Q. Can we say the industry has better roles for women?
A. I don’t buy it. Three roles for Vidya Balan can’t change the world. She’s also gone through a lot of flak to reach here. Don’t forget that.
Q. In Aatma, what interests you the most?
A. The fact that I get to play a mother. A lot of actresses don’t want to be mothers. If you play mother, you’ll look old-it’s a bizarre idea.
Q. Do we hear a maternal instinct kicking in?
A. When Doyel (who plays her daughter in the film) was sick, hungry, cranky, I would deal with it. I became protective of her.
Q. Is this carrying over to real life?
A. Definitely, I will be a fantastic mom. That makes me very proud. It’s a step up for me in acting because it’s made me realise something more as a human being.