What were you doing when you got the call for Secret Superstar?
Let’s start from Dangal.
I was everything you can think of… nervous, excited, intimidated. I remember I had come back home from school and I saw my mother giving me a very weird look. And I was like – Inko kya ho gaya aaj?! She asked me, “You know who called?” She informed that Casting Director Mukesh Chabbra had called for a film with Aamir Khan. I just lost it. I said WOW! I was in disbelief, of course. I went for the audition and it lasted for a week, or maybe more than that— and then they called me after a month. That’s when they told me that they had taken me on-board for Dangal.
Ye auditions ka bhoot aapko kahan se sawaar hua, you decided to become an actress right there?
Now I see a person who is completely the opposite, also because of the size (laughs). He was so fat in Dangal (claps) and now in Secret Superstar I saw a weird man, who’s hitting on every other woman, has a weird hairstyle, and wears figure-hugging clothes. I wouldn’t stop laughing every time I would see him. The way he speaks in the film is so funny.
When he was not shooting with you, did he ever come on the sets? He and Kiran are co-producers on Secret Superstar. Or was that just Kiran’s department?
Kiran Ma’am was on sets but Aamir Sir was not.
So how is it now that the movie has done so well? You are getting so many compliments. How are you controlling yourself, you know it’s a heady feeling…
I’m so overwhelmed by the response. We all knew that Secret Superstar would be loved. It’s a beautiful film, you know. We’ve made a sensible film but we never thought that it will receive so much love and appreciation. People are relating to the film, in every aspect.