TORONTO: On the red carpet of her comeback film English Vinglish at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) here on Friday evening, a sari-clad Sridevi brought back memories of her gorgeous images from her 1989 film Chandni.
The only difference this time was that she wore a dark shade, compared to light yellow and purple colours she wore in that song `Tere Mere Hotho Pe…’’ picturized with Rishi Kapoor.
Before the former Bollywood queen could say anything on the red carpet, actor Adil Hussain, who plays her husband in English Vinglish, mischievously said, “I wish I could play the role of her husband quite often. I thoroughly enjoyed acting with Sridevi.’’
Then suddenly, as if he had transgressed some conventional boundaries, he quickly added, “No, no, I am a happily married guy…it was wonderful acting with Sridevi. She is a wonderful actor.’’
Was he ever overawed while playing the role of her husband, Hussain said, “No, no. I felt comfortable working with Sridevi.’’
As for the lady, Sridevi said she thoroughly enjoyed her role of a housewife in the film after a gap of 15 years.
Asked whether she had problems getting back into the acting groove after such a long gap, she said, “Not at all. Thanks to Shinde… she made me very comfortable.’’
Asked why she chose this film and at this time, Sridevi said, “I would have done this film at any given time. I enjoyed doing it.’’
About her plans to continue acting now, she said, “I hope so…’’
And about the kind of roles she will love to do, Sridevi said, “Well, I never plan…what I do is what I am comfortable doing.’’
Walking ahead of her with their two daughters, Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor said he was happy with his wife’s performance in the film.
“I am very pleased with her role,’’ he said.
Gauri Shinde, who made her directorial debut with English Vinglish, said Sridevi has done a wonderful job of her role as a housewife.
Asked whether she had thought of someone else for the role, Shinde said, “Never. Sridevi was the only choice. We never looked for any other actress for this role.’’
Grinning from ear to ear, Gauri’s director-husband R. Balki said he was proud of his wife for her superb direction of English Vinglish.
“I am very happy…I feel envious of her,’’ he said, smiling.
Asked whether his wife ever sought any tips from him for directing Sridevi, Balki said, “No, not at all. It was completely her idea. In fact, she now gives me tips about directing (films),’’ he laughed.
Before she walked the red carpet, Sridevi greeted and shook hands with her fans.