Jai Mummy Di is light hearted but very relatable: Sonnalli
Rising star of Bollywood Sonnalli Seygall speaks to City Times about her upcoming entertainer
Sonnalli Seygall plays the female lead in the upcoming quirky Jai Mummy Di alongside Sunny Singh. The movie, set to release on January 16, looks at the rivalry between the two lead characters' mothers, played by Poonam Dhillon and Supriya Pathak. Taking mommy issues to a whole new realm, the romantic comedy looks at how a friendship gone wrong can haunt your kids.
Talking about her role Seygall said, "My character's name is Saanjh and she's your typical desi girl. She's street smart and very bubbly. She's a very strong character but not your modern city girl; she's a very colourful character."
When asked during a telephonic interview what motivated her to take on Jai Mummy Di, she said, "One of the reasons it excited me is, of course the script is fun and my character is different, but it's something that I've not done before. As people who are kind of starting out in our industry, you have to choose the best from what is offered to you."
Excerpts from our conversation.
From the trailer Jai Mummy Di comes across as a fun and entertaining movie. What do you want the audiences to take away from it?
I want them to walk away with the feeling of wanting to watch it again. And I think it's that kind of a film, it's a funny film that'll entertain you. It's light hearted but very relatable. I'm sure everyone who watches it will definitely relate to some aspect of the film. The film is based in a very Punjabi family, everybody who's been a part of an Indian wedding will have something to relate to. So it's very relatable and very real. There's no pretence and even the songs that are in the film are set in a very real way and they come and go and you don't even realise it.
What was it like working with Sunny Singh again?
Amazing! Because it's my second film with him and I've known him for about four or five years now, the comfort level is, of course, really good and our chemistry is good.
Your debut Pyar Ka Punchnama, its sequel, and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, all are very fun and lovable movies. Was it an intentional move to take on only such genres or do you plan on exploring other kinds of movies as well?
No, it's not intentional at all. To be honest, I know what kind of roles I want to do and from whatever I'm offered right now, these comedies and more glamorous roles are coming more easily to me, so it's just easier to choose from there.
Having said that I'm also waiting for a good drama or action film to come my way and I'd be more than willing to take it on.
Do you have a dream role?
I can't really call it a dream role but there are a lot of roles that I see and think I wish I could do that. I really like Veronica's role in Cocktail, I love Ranbir's role in Rockstar, I'd love to do these kind of roles. But more than the roles it is the genre. Right now I would love to do an action movie.
You seem really active on social media. How important do you think it is to have that online presence in today's world?
It's very important. It's a lot of work constantly to be seen and to put the right image out but I keep my social media real and I like to handle it myself. But it is important in many ways; to project the kind of person you are and your image; also it's a money making avenue; you can also use it effectively to put out a cause and use it to make a difference. What's more important is to use it in a way that benefits you and the society as well. You have to use it smartly.