What was it like revisiting Madhavi in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (releasing on March 8)?
Even when we were shooting the first film, I had a feeling that I will play her again. This time around though, the character was a lot tougher to play. In this film, she is more emotional, ambitious, cranky and aggressive. She wants all the power for herself.
The trailer has a lot of shooting. Did you get to handle a gun as well?
I did, but only for one sequence. I used to be an NCC cadet... I was very good at firing and command. So, I didn’t need any training.
You have had a fair number of intimate scenes in most of your films. How have you dealt with them?
After Dev D, I had quite a few scripts that came my way with three bedroom scenes and four kisses, but no storyline! (Laughs.) I am not interested in doing intimate scenes just for the sake of it. I understand when intimacy between two characters is necessary for a story. Also, obviously, I need to completely trust my director and the scene has to be shot aesthetically. I have always had very nice co-actors who have made me feel comfortable. They have all been such good actors that these scenes have been a breeze.
Do you have a ritual before you shoot an intimate scene?
Not really. I just brush my teeth or pop a chewing gum (laughs).
How does your family react to seeing you in such scenes?
My mother doesn’t watch any of my films. She mostly lives in the US with my brother. She has seen my Punjabi films and Dev D. She just doesn’t like to watch movies. As for my brother, he’s seen my films and understands that this is all just a part of my job.... My friends and brother tell me that I should do a kid-friendly film because none of their kids have been able to watch any of my films! (Laughs.)
You have been seen only in very intense roles. Are you automatically drawn towards intense roles or is that what is coming your way?
This is what I am offered. People tell me that they have written roles only for me and that’s a huge compliment. But I am now looking at doing other kinds of roles. After Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, I have Zanjeer where I play a typical glam kitten. I also recently shot an item song for Bullet Raja (starring Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia). I don’t want to be typecast any more. I would love to do comedy or action.
How much of the real Mahie is in the characters you have played?
I am very different from the characters I play. I am shy and introverted. I am a very boring person. I am a complete homebody. If I am not shooting, then I am at home. I guess that is why I enjoy playing strong, ballsy, intense women. It is fun to be completely mad on screen.
BOLD & BRAZEN
DEV D: What did Mahie’s Paro do to lure her man to bed? Lug a mattress on her back and make out with him in the fields!
GULAAL: Anurag Kashyap’s bloody political thriller had Mahie play a nautch girl and Kay Kay Menon’s manipulative mistress.
NOT A LOVE STORY: Ramgopal Varma’s camera rode up Mahie’s skirt and peeked into her cleavage in this crime caper based on the real-life Neeraj Grover murder case.
SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER: Mahie stood out in the role of a sexually dissatisfied wife having an affair with the driver.
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