Pictures: Rashbehari Das. Styling and wardrobe: Dev and Nil. Jewellery: Senco Jewellery Palace. Make-up: Abhijit Chanda
01Films with happy endings or sad endings — which have you done more?
I have done both happy and sad-ending films. Utsab (2000) had a happy ending though my character wasn’t very happy in the film. She was going through a troubled marriage but the couple (Prosenjit-Rituparna) solve their problems in the end and decide not to end their tumultuous relationship.... But I have mostly done films with happy endings. Happy ending, Muktodhara (2012)... Anuranan (2008), sad and happy. Charuulata 2011 (2012), happy... Alo (2003), sad.
02Your favourite ending from your films:I loved the way Dahan (1997) ended... and also Anuranan. Basically, in both the films, everyone resolves their differences with each other and that’s how it is in life too. Dahan begins with trouble in a joint family that gets together for Durga Puja. The tension, the turmoil and the tears... all turn into happy faces in the end. In Anuranan, the two protagonists (Rituparna and Raima Sen) hold each other’s hands, which signifies that they have accepted their fate and become friends.
03The film ending you loved:I think Masoom (1983) had the best ending. Again, a couple (Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah) resolve their differences surrounding a child and they live happily ever after. Masoom is also one of my most favourite films.
04The film ending you didn’t like:Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna had the worst ending because even after Abhishek Bachchan weeps miserably, Rani Mukerji chose to walk out of their marriage. I didn’t like that.
05The book ending you loved:Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. The protagonist Mariam dies but actually she lives on as the couple who were once close to her name their baby Mariam. It really touched my heart.
06The book ending you didn’t like:That would be Vikram Sampath’s My Name is Gauhar Jaan! I was very disappointed after reading the book. I felt devastated because Gauhar Jaan dies in the end.
07If you could change the ending of one of your films, which one would it be and what:I would have definitely changed the ending of 3 Kanya (releases on November 2). There’s an overdose of mystery in the end but I can’t reveal just yet as to how I would like it to end!
08 What the colour off-white means to you:Pious, elegance and also vulnerable.
09The sexiest off-white/white sari ensemble a heroine has worn in a film:Rekha in the famous Rekha-Jaya Bachchan confrontation scene in Silsila, where they talk about Amitabh Bachchan!
10Your favourite colour:Black and turquoise blue are my favourites. Whenever I go shopping, I end up buying either black or turquoise blue. I have the maximum number of black and blue earrings, neckpieces and rings and also shoes. I have about 200 black sandals!
11A smell that makes you happy:Lavender and lemongrass. It makes me happy... there are lots of happy memories associated with these two fragrances. Sanjay (husband) had gifted me a beautifully bottled lavender perfume about two years ago and I still have it... I intend to keep it as long as I can. Lemongrass is also my mom’s favourite.
12A smell that makes you sad:The smell of the sea makes me sad. I don’t know why... but whenever I go near the sea, sad memories come rushing back.