Why would I want to do my mother’s film remake, asks Soha

Mumbai, May 19 (IANS) She isn’t in filmdom for either fame or money, rather Soha Ali Khan wants to do good work and also clarifies that doing a remake of her mother’s film is not on her wish-list.

Daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Soha said: “Why would I want to be in my mother’s remake film? That would be like suicide for me because I am inviting people to compare me to her. Rarely people will make favourable comment. The idea is to do something new and fresh. If it’s a contemporary adaptation then it’s okay.”

Actress of films like “Rang De Basanti” and “Khoya Khoya Chand”, Soha, who doesn’t have too many hits to her credit, says she is not “commercially focused”.

“My motivation is not how much my film will make? My motivation is, it should be a good film and will I enjoy working in it? I am not interested in making a lot of money. I am fortunate to have financial securities and that’s (money) never been a motivation factor for me.”

“I am not even interested in being famous. I think being famous has a lot of stress. It’s very stressful being an actress. Actually, being an actor is very complicated. You have to be almost super human to deal with everything. It comes with a lot of baggage,” she added.

Coming back to her mother, Padma Bhushan awardee Sharmila, seen in films like “Aradhana”, “Safar” and “Mausam”, Soha describes her mom as a good homemaker.

“I take a lot of tips from my mum on how to be a good homemaker,” said Soha, who is dating Kunal Khemu, and added that “living in a house with your life partner and being in a relationship, which is public, you have to be kind of mature and calm and my mother is a very good homemaker”.

“She was a very good wife and a good mother and she does give me advice. One of the things that she said was – a man must never hurt a woman’s emotion and a woman must never hurt a man’s ego and if you respect the man’s ego, the man respect woman’s emotion, then you will be okay,” she added.

Initially, she was compared to her mother, but informs that “people have stopped comparing me with my mum now”. The 34-year-old added: “My choice of films is slightly different.”

“Sometimes when I dress in a particular way, people say I look like my mom. Even if you are comparing favourably or unfavourably with my mother, I am not competing with her, I am competing with my fears.”

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