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Kavita Lad in conversation with Padma Iyer about her role in the upcoming film Love You Zindagi


How did you become part of Love You Zindagi?

Manoj Sawant called me and said he wanted to meet me for this film. At the first meeting, he narrated the story. Depending on how a person comes across, you judge about what kind of movie he plans to make. Manoj was convincing and sincere and I knew that I had to be part of this film. The story is wonderful, but with Sachinji (Pilgaonkar) being in the film, I was even more excited to be part of it.

Were you intimidated that you were working with a veteran actor like Sachin Pilgaonkar?

Let me tell you something. In the first-ever play that I did, I worked with Dr Shriram Lagoo. I was 19 years old then. I had never done stage before. At that time, I learnt that this senior-junior thing stops existing once you are in front of the camera or you are on a stage performing. At that moment, you are all part of a team. So there is no point being anxious or intimidated. You are all even.

Second, I have known Sachinji for quite a while even though we haven’t worked together before. There is also this positive vibe about him and he makes you feel very comfortable. I never once felt that this was the first time we were working together.

Do find the comedy genre challenging?

It is extremely challenging. It is said that it is easy to make someone cry but difficult to make them laugh. In all the nonsensical things that you do, there has to be some logic as to why you are doing it. With comedy or any good thing, the script is very important.

I do not do slapstick comedy. There has to be something in the script, something in the situation that makes you laugh. And when that happens, you don’t have to work hard or you tend to go overboard. You need to understand it and be subtle about it. I like doing that and that’s how it is in our film as well. It is not an out-an-out comedy film. But when we are doing it, we are doing it genuinely. There are no OTT moments.

I would say that this is a family entertainer. It is good fun. If you want to have a good time with your family and friends, then this is the film for you. You will leave the theatre with a smile on your face.

What do you think about playing a mother on screen? How do you differentiate between the different mother roles?

Each character or story line is different. It changes with the plot. So, the mother I get to play could be a submissive and docile woman or she could be a career woman… it changes. With regard to me, I started playing a mother once I became a mother in real life. After a certain age, you may not get to play the heroine, but the roles you play should be important to the narrative.

You have done theatre, television and films. Which do you prefer?

There has to be a perfect balance of all these mediums. Of course, I love theatre and I am an actor today because of it. I would never say that TV is bakwaas. I have done it for a major part of my life. I love the glamour and the mass appeal. I would be lying if I said otherwise. At the same time, I love people applauding me on stage, getting instant feedback. Once in a while, I like to do different and interesting films like Love You Zindagi that come my way.

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