Smriti Zubin Irani who had given her acting career a rest is all geared up for her big screen debut. She will soon be seen in director Umesh Shukla's Mere Apne opposite veteran actor Rishi Kapoor. The film which has already started its shoot is being produced by Bhushan Kumar.
Confirming her presence in the film, Smriti says, "Yes, I am a part of Mere Apne where I play Abhishek Bachchan's mother and wife to Rishi Kapoor. The film also stars Asin Thottumkal and is directed by Umesh Shukla." Interestingly, Smriti has earlier worked in a TV serial titled Mere Apne with yet another legendary actor, Vinod Khanna. While in the TV series Smriti had the typical heavy saree-sindoo look, for the film she is seen dressed in casual salwar kameez with white hair to complement the role. She also seems to have knocked off some weight.
The actor who also has a full-fledged career in politics is these days having a packed schedule and is managing time for all her commitments, "I have already shot the first schedule and looking forward to the next shoot."
politics over acting and after her long running role as Tulsi in Kyunki Saas
bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi came to an end in 2008 she went on to do other roles and
even tried her hand at producing serials till she became an MP in 2011. Her
last outing was the episodic stint for Ekta Kapoor's Ek Thi Naayka in 2012. So
what made her take up this offer? "I was quiet happy with the entire story of
the film. Also looking at Umesh's emotional connect with the story and the film
I made my decision. It is also a great opportunity for me to work with a legend like Rishiji," says Smriti about the director Umesh Shukla who has the successful film Oh My God to his credit.
For Smriti this is the first time that she will be seen in a proper role in a Bollywood film and she sure seems to be enjoying getting back to being in front of the camera and that too for a film. "Abhishek has a fantastic sense of humor while Asin is a pleasure to work with. All in all it is a great team. I enjoyed the camaraderie on the sets and it made me wonder that if this is what film making is all about then I missed out on working with some good people."
We are sure your fans too missed you Smriti and want to see you more often.
Seema Khot Mattoo