Geeta, to start with, not many people know that you are one of the ‘intellectual actresses’ in Bollywood, as you have done your ‘A’ level education plus ‘almost’ a degree in criminal psychology. I always wanted to get into the world of showbiz, and that’s why here I am, enjoying every moment of it.
As you said it, it was an ‘almost’ degree in criminal psychology as I thought that let me first try my hand in showbiz and then, if the need be, carry on with the academics. The best part is that my parents were quite supportive of my decision.
I even had braces on during my ‘settling period’ in Mumbai, which got me ‘stuck’ from doing any thing anyways (laughs).
Your debut film Dil Diya Hai didn’t quite work at the box-office. So, did that failure affect your career in anyway?
I won’t say it ‘affected’ my film career because, when the promos were on air, it did have a high buzz around me and even the ‘curiosity quotient’ was pretty towering.
Since I was a newcomer then, I wasn’t aware as to how much publicity and promotion meant for an actor, since I was under the impression that its the producer who will take care of all this. Also, when my film was getting released, we had a mega monstrous film Lage Raho Munnabhai which got released simultaneously, thus affecting the business of our film in a big way.
I realised it a bit later that when you have a film of Munnabhai’s caliber, you can’t even think of competing against it. Having said that, let me also tell you that I am not a person who will simply sit and cry over spilt milk.
Irrespective of whether my debut film was a hit or a disaster, I was confident of the fact that I was not the first or the last actress to see a failure.
Many such emotions and sentiments made me feel that I should work really hard to get there. I took a gap of one and a half years after the release of The Train, but then, that was really something that I wanted to do. In other words, as they say it was a ‘conscious effort’. I had many offers after The Train got released. After that, I started questioning myself asking that are these going to make any difference in my career? I waited and waited, and now, finally, the patience is paying off its dividends and how!
Now the super actress Geeta Basra is back with a big bang with a Sufi music video with UK’s sensational Sukhshinder Shinda. Yes, it is true that I have done a Sufi video with him. But, I am not going to brag about the video, except that I can tell you that it’s doing fantastic all over.
Geeta, considering the fact that it’s already the No.1 on the international charts, you have every reason to brag about. (Laughs) Thank you so much. I am highly flattered!
How did you bag this video? It’s surely a number that one does not get to see often and it’s also one of the most expensive videos to be picturised in recent times. The cost of its making ranged around a whopping Rs. 30 lakhs. Each of my outfit cost around Rs. 2 lakhs. The DoP was the renowned Kabir Lal. We recreated an entire Jaipur-like palace, so much so that one just couldn’t differentiate the real palace from this one! In other words, we refused to compromise anywhere in terms of quality. And the song itself is a unique one, as it’s collaboration between Rahat Fateh Ali khan and Sukhshinder Shinda. The directors of this video (Lovel and Ajay Arora) are my good friends. Hence, when they heard the song, they immediately called me and said, “Geeta, we think that we have finally found the face that we have been looking for. And we are sure that only you can do justice to the song”.
News also has it that you have shot for a vest ad with Sunny Deol. Can you tell us something more about it? Yeah. The brand you are referring to is ‘Lux Cozi’. To tell you the very fact, when this ad was offered to me, I was very reluctant initially because a girl doing a vest ad was not gelling with my system. But trust me; the way the entire commercial has shaped up is totally awesome. Even though majority of the superstars like Hrithik, Salman have also been endorsing various brands of vests, what really impressed me about this ad was its mint-fresh concept. It has me as a quintessential Punjabi kudi in the fields and I am touted as the surprise element of the ad!
You also underwent a surgery last year. Hope all is well now. What happened was that I dropped a dumbbell on my foot, which resulted in the hemline ligament tear and bruising of my toe. I really don’t know how it happened, but it just happened. Today, I simply shrug the incident by saying that it was a bad time of my life. Thanks to all the prayers and good wishes of my fans, I am feeling much better now.
Any dream role on your wish-list? There are two. One is Pakeezah and the second one is Dil Toh Pagal Hai. I simply love and ogle at these films everytime I see them. I totally admire both these films.
What are your upcoming films? I have signed two big films. But due to the recession, the films have got postponed. I am a slightly superstitious to talk about these films as they are really very big movies. They are the kind of movies that I always wanted to be a part of, and are being directed by people with whom I always wanted to work with. All that I can say is that while one is a solo-heroine project, the other is two-heroine project. Besides this, I just cannot reveal anything more. And yes, hopefully, the next time you interview me; it will be on the sets of my new film.
Lastly, if you flip your pages of Geeta Basra’s life a couple of years back, how did you react to the (by-now-almost-forgotten) Bhajji episode? I know that you were about to ask me this sooner or later (laughs). To tell you the fact, now that the dust has settled, I just want to leave it at that. All that I can say is that Bhajji is a very special person in my life and a very close friend. That’s it. I really do not want to have a second round of stories cropping up.