Bollywood’s successful actress Alia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan has recently made her comeback with a movie Razzi. The 61-year-old actor says her Bollywood journey has always made her feel like a “struggling actor”.
In an interview with PTI actress shared about her journey in Bollywood. She said “I was a struggling actor all my life. Till today, I think I am a struggling actor. So out of frustration, I learnt how to cook because so many weeks went by without work. I had to do something. I have done a lot of things apart from acting, probably because acting was not very consistent in my life.”
“Struggle is always very demoralising. It’s not a romantic phase in anybody’s life. It’s very difficult. What it does is, it brings out your creativity in different way. In my case, I started writing, reading, directing, looking at different avenues. I would have never thought when I was a young actor that I would want to direct… Till today I’m looking at other ways to hone my skills,” she added.
She debuted in Bollywood with the movie “36 Chowringhee Lane” (1981). Razdan did not get work offers in Bollywood. She takes up most of what is offered to her. She said “I’ve never wanted to take it slow. People haven’t really come to me with offers. If I’ve had a flood of offers, I would’ve done all of them. It’s not that I refused work, I didn’t get work. I refused very little work. I take up most of what is offered to me.”
“For some reason people didn’t give me work, didn’t think of me while casting and I hope that’s going to change now. Though every 10 years I say the same thing, but it does change a bit,” she added. Soni Razdan has done the movie like “Mandi”, “Saaransh”, “Sadak” and “Monsoon Wedding”.
How struggle has changed her life positively, she added “For the first time, in the last ten years, I’m enjoying living. Earlier, I used to be ‘I want to do this, do that’ and for some inexplicable reason, that has evaporated. There’s so much more to life than just acting or directing.”
“Maybe it’s the age factor, where you start valuing things a lot more than when you were younger. When you are young, you are impatient. Now I know I cannot do one thing but there’s something else that I can,” she concluded.