Anjana Sukhani Interview: “I Still Don’t Feel I Have Missed The Bus”

Mohnish Singh |Jan 29, 2020

Anjana Sukhani made her acting comeback with Dharma Productions’ blockbuster film “Good Newwz”, starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh in lead roles.

Anjana Sukhani may not have appeared in a number of films in the past few years, but her diehard fans never forgot her. She recently made her acting comeback with Dharma Productions’ superhit dramedy Good Newwz (2019), starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh in lead roles. Anjana Sukhani plays Kumar’s sister in the film.

STARBIZ recently met Anjana Sukhani and tried to know from her how did she bag Good Newwz, what kept her away from the arclight for such a long time, where has she been all these years, and much more. Anjana Sukhani also opened up about whether or not she would like to explore the digital world.

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The lead cast of Good Newwz

How did you bag the film Good Newwz?

Good Newwz came like a ray of sunshine to me. I was called for an audition. Shruti Mahajan is the casting girl and she called me and said, “I am sending you some scenes and this is what it is, would you like to test?” I said, “Yeah, of course, why not?” And then next day I went to audition and while auditioning I kind of knew that I was doing this role. I mean there were other people also auditioning but somehow, I think your gut just tells you that this is happening for you and that’s exactly what happened for me.

You return to films after a hiatus. Where have you been all these years?

I was away for a couple of years, dealing with my own stuff and also looking for opportunities which were probably correct for me, that I wanted to be a part of. I think Good Newwz happened just at the right timing.

Was it difficult for you to face the camera after so many years?

No, not at all. Like you know how to cycle and you will never forget how to cycle, right? So, it was pretty much as simple as that. I think a little bit of apprehension was there that, you know, will I be able to hold my own with stars like Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan and I think I would let audience decide that for sure.

You team up with Dharma Production after more than a decade. How do you feel about it?

I am here and I think that says it all. I think every actor in their lifetime waits to work with Yash Raj Films and Dharma Productions and these are like the two icons of the industry and you want to be a part, you want your name to be attached to a film made by Dharma Productions and I just feel I am very fortunate that I got that opportunity in spite of being away for a while, it still happened for me.

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Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh in Good Newwz

Have you been offered these sorts of roles which you now rejected and now you regret it?

No, I don’t think so I regretted. I feel blessed because all that I rejected didn’t do well. So, no another flop on my back please. No not at all. Like I said, you know, sometimes you just need to be ready to believe that your gut is telling you the right thing and when Good Newwz came my way, I knew instinctively that this is what I should be doing at this moment right now. And it just happened.

What are the parameters you take into consideration before saying yes or no to the film?

You know I think I am not in a position to decide in terms of the parameters of it but yes if you say on surface of it , of course when you see a production house like Dharma Productions and then you know that the cast is like Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor and you know that the concept is so different and even though the concept is serious about IVF, it’s a serious concept to be dealt it in a very lighter tone, comedy and I think that kind of sums it up all because you know you are a part of  something which is very unique, it has not been done before and yet it is going to be dealt with a very lighter tone which people will really understand. Because I feel a very serious subject spoken in a very serious way, not that people don’t accept it but when it is said lightly it kind of resonated more. I always give example for like 3 Idiots (2009), the concept was really serious about whether education is the really the be all or end all of it but the way sir treated it makes you realise that this is another way to deal with it, this is another way to go in that direction and that resonated with well with pretty much all age groups.

You have been a part of a lot of multi starrers. Don’t you feel missed out or there has been a lot of gap?

I totally agree with you though I still don’t feel I have missed the bus I am standing in the queue , I know that the bus is coming but I agree that you know I have been away and the gap has been a little too long and most of them have kind of been a multi-starrer. But I only feel that I am thankful  for the opportunity , people who came with me around that “Salaam-e-Ishq” time are not doing anything anymore and I am kind of still here and I feel fortunate that because I decided that I am not going to leave, I am going to take my piece of cake and go from here. So, I think now I am being served that piece of cake, so I am very happy about it.

There are lot of actors who are venturing into digital world. So, are there any plans for you?

I am also looking at couple of things digitally as well but again like I said, something that I should resonate with you and not just be a part of anything like that. So, there would be something interesting hopefully that will start shooting next year.

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