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Positively speaking

Rati Agnihotri is confidence personified in her newest avatar as stage goddess


RATI AGNIHOTRI believes her stunning good looks are all thanks to her "positive attitude. I do not think too deeply about things. Because if you think about what will happen and worry about it, it is better not do it all."

"I have never been a beauty parlour, cosmetic type person. I believe in the goodness of nature. When I was little, I remember my mum would do all that besan malai stuff and that has continued." Rati after ruling the screen across languages (she has acted opposite the big guns of the Telugu, Tamil and Hindi film industry) decided to take a break after marriage and concentrate on family.

"I believe in prioritising. My family obviously comes first." Rati had the world spellbound by her sparkling nose stud all over again when she returned to films after a 16-year hiatus four years ago. And now she has audience enthralled as she tests waters in another medium - theatre. "The producer Vandana Sajnani approached me for Divorce me Darling," Rati comments. "I was like I don't know. I have never done theatre. But then I decided to give it a shot."

"It is a different medium. There are no retakes and the camera is not following you - the audience is your camera. A live audience is energising and nothing is predictable. What kind of audience you have is important. If the audience is receptive, you kind of go with the flow. But whether it is a full house, half house or an empty house, I try to be consistent."

Rati's calendar is chockablock with acting assignments. "I have eight to ten productions in various stages of completion including Krishna Bungalow for Balaji films in which I play a clairvoyant and Govind Nihlani's Dev where I play Amitabh Bachchan's wife. It is an absolutely no make up look. It is great fun working with actors I worked with before. I am working opposite Dharamendra and Jeetendra as well."

Talking about the new school of film making Rati says, "They are technically very sound but stories are the same mainly because human emotions are the same." Her role in Chupke Se where she plays a villain for the first time called for overcoming "a lot of inhibitions."

Just as we are getting used to the idea of seeing the lovely lady on screen, Rati talks of "tapering off film assignments. It is getting too hectic. I help my husband with business, I am a Reiki master and then there are a lot of causes I am associated with so I would like to ease off a bit."

Talk about her college going son Tanuj and Rati's face lights up. "When I tell him about how I would only go to work and get back home and there were no parties, he says `that was then. Now things are different."

"Tanuj shows no inclination to join films. And I would rather that he made his own choices rather than blindly follow either my profession or my husband's." Thus speaks the new age super mom whose confidence in herself allows the other the freedom of choice.

MAC

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