actress Leena Chandavarkar who sizzled on
the big screen is all geared for her television
foray. After a hiatus of almost twenty years
Leena is making a comeback to the world
of acting and this time in a serial called
We spoke to the charming Leena and got
an insight of her life with and without
the legendary Kishore Kumar and her comeback.
You will be facing the camera after
20 years. Are you nervous?
No, I am not nervous at all. I am comfortable
facing the camera even after 20 years. After
doing so many movies I feel very comfortable
in front of camera.
Why did you choose television for a
comeback, why not films?
It is not that I am doing only television.
I am open to both television and films.
Actually at my age it is not easy to get
good and character oriented roles. I am
scanning the roles that I have been offered.
My only condition is that the role has to
be good- be it on television or in films.
I also want to produce and act in a film
and so I am listening to some scripts. Let’s
see when I finalise on the script.
What attracted you the most to Bhabhima?
See, it is a show about a family and their
bonding. I can’t reveal much about the serial
as nothing is official as yet. I have just
given the consent as I really liked the
role. It is yet to be signed and also the
rest of the star-cast has to be decided.
I will talk to you about this once everything
You started your Bollywood career with
Rajesh Khanna and now you are reportedly
doing this serial with him. How was it connecting
with him after so long?
Oh! He is a wonderful actor and it is always
good to be working with him. Apart from
Mehboob Ki Mehndi we were also supposed
to act in Kishore ji’s Mamta Ki Chanv but
it was shelled due to the death of Kishore
ji. Talking about the serial Rajesh ji liked
the set-up. Actually it is a woman-oriented
serial, so let’s see if Rajesh Khanna ji
signs up the serial.
There is K for Kishore on Sony with
Kishore Kumar fans participating. Does this
bring back memories of your late husband?
It feels very good to know that the young
generation remembers and idolises him and
his work. Kishore ji always used to say
that he will die only once and people will
remember him forever. They will not be able
to forget me. So I always used to tease
him saying, “Being a Leo (4th of August)
you are very egoistic.” And to this he would
reply, “Leena, ghar ki murgi daal barabar
hoti hai!” He was very confident that people
will love him and he actually has won.
What are your fondest memories with
He was my philosopher- guide. He believed
in fighting bravely against all the odds
and come out shining. He was a very strong
person. He always used to say that we have
got our lives for free so we must live it
to the fullest. Though he created a niche
for himself in comedy but personally he
was a great philosopher. You know I had
suffered a lot throughout my life but he
was always there standing as my pillar of
strength. He was an ace at fighting against
difficult situations. I was very insecure
about him as he had a major female fan-following.
I remember once he was performing in America
and suddenly some females came and kissed
him. So at times I used to doubt him. But
at all such concerts he used to point out
to me and tell everyone present that, “Woh
meri lagam baithi hai (I am under surveillance).”
Did you ever sing for him or with him
I sang with Kishore ji for Shomu Mukherjee’s
(Kajol’s father) film, Lover Boy. Bappi
Lahiri was the music director and the song
was ‘Aankhein Chura Ke Kahan Chala’. He
always used to sing the song ‘Zindagi ke
safar mei guzar jate hai jo mukam’ for me.
As I was his fourth wife I always used to
be insecure and worry if he would bring
in a fifth wife. But he was a family man.
For him his family and home were very important.
on 2 Jan 2008 7:00 pm