‘I am not ready for movies yet’

FORMER BOLLYWOOD actress Sonali Bendre Behl, who took a break from the big screen post marriage, has no intentions of coming back to films at present.


Published: Mon 4 Aug 2008, 8:22 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:47 PM

“I am not really ready for movies yet. It calls for a bit too much commitment,” Sonali told IANS.

She was speaking on the sidelines of the Omega Olympics Evening organised in New Delhi to honour the Indian contingent for the Beijing games.

Asked when she was planning a comeback to the silver screen, Sonali said: “It is going to take me a while and I won’t call it a comeback. Once an actor is always an actor. There is nothing dramatic as a comeback about it. Right now I am taking a break. I don’t have the time to do movies now.”

The actress, who was last seen in a cameo in Karan Johar’s 2003 hit Kal Ho Na Ho, has been on a sabbatical from acting since her marriage to filmmaker Goldie Behl in 2002.

However, the beautiful actress will be seen on television as a judge in the fourth season of the upcoming music reality show Indian Idol along with music stalwarts like Javed Akhtar, Anu Malik and Kailash Kher.

This is not the first time the actress will be seen on the small screen. Sonali has earlier judged Sony Entertainment Television’s reality show Mr. And Mrs. TV with Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar.

Her debut on TV dates back to 2001 when she hosted Star Plus’s kidsbased dance show Kya Masti Kya Dhoom.

Asked how difficult it was to loose the extra pounds she had gained post motherhood, Sonali said, “I enjoyed being overweight.

Getting back to shape has been a completely natural process.”

“Every phase has its excitement. But I do try and eat healthy and I eat well,” she concluded.

Real life friends

GREATER FRIENDSHIP hath no actor than he work in the film of a friend.

We are talking about Abhishek Bachchan and Goldie Behl, whose friendship dates back to 1982, when they were kids on the sets of Pukaar in Goa that was produced by Goldie’s father Ramesh Behl and starred Abhishek’s father, Amitabh Bachchan.

Goldie’s debut as director, Bas Itna Sa Khawab Hai, had best friend Abhi in it. And now, his second film Drona has Abhi in the lead again.

Their growing up gang included their respective sisters Shweta and Shristi, plus Uday Chopra, Farhan and Zoya Akhtar. “Watching films was the high of our lives,” revealed Goldie.

“And though we had a simple upbringing, being the son of the country’s superstar wasn’t easy for Abhi.”

When the boys grew up, both married actresses in whom they had found the right girls. “Sonali (Bendre) was my friend. We would hang out together.

And I could sense that Goldie seriously loved her,” said Abhishek. He now refers to the lovely actress of the late 1990s as Sonali bhaabs. Whereas the beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Goldie is just bhabi. Has marriage changed their friendship? It has. Marriage has made the four of them bond closer.

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