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Up, close and personal

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi speaks on her forthcoming flick, album, and Shekar Kapur

Photo: P. V. Sivakumar

THE DOLE Dole and Dum Tara girl is back. And this time with a bang! "I have taken a break from soppy sentimental ballads. My new album, which I am currently working on with Raju Singh, has an upbeat flavour, a celebration of life," says a jubilant Suchitra Krishnamoorthi. She is equally enthused about her forthcoming film, a Ram Gopal Verma thriller co-starring Anil Kapoor. "The film in fact has two versions, Galti se and Jaan Bujh ke, about a man who kills his wife," she explains. "I am happy to be back, to be a part of a cinema that is evolving. There is more scope for actresses today. Anyways I could never have been a part of the bachao bachao cinema. Plus today one finds a whole movie culture happening with the advent of multi-plexes and film promotions," she says.

Its been quite some time since she faced the arc light, one observes, last was her breezy role in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa co-starring Shahrukh Khan. Then there was the album with the melancholic Zindagi composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and shot in the picturesque beaches off Visakhapatnam. "It was a great experience but unfortunately a flop album. I don't think the Indian public cares to know who Andrew Lloyd Webber is or differentiate between Gary Lawyer and Webber. But after working on the album with the maestro, I decided to study music and enrolled in Berkeley College of Music. Soon I discovered that I was pregnant and there went my plans of doing music. But I learnt to play piano and guitar while resting at home in London. In fact Dave Stewart encouraged me to go into song writing. I have written about 40 songs and plan to cut albums with some of them, and give them my voice as well," she says.

With career plans chalked out, it was destination India then. "After Kaveri was born, I always knew I would have a daughter and had thought of a name long ago, I decided to come back. I was bored staying at home in London. Essentially, what you want to do depends on that point of time in your life," she says.

A successful model, and a face that launched Sunrise coffee, Clearasil, Palmolive soap and Perfetti chewing gum, while still pursuing her graduation, she met Shekar Kapur , the charming actor director and rest was history. "There was a furore then. He was divorced, and my mother's age but all that is past. He lives between London and LA and hops in Mumbai once a while," she says. Maintaining a long distant marriage, "your notions of relationship and love keep evolving. You can't stay with the teenage concept of romance. You need to go with the flow," she reflects.

Plans ahead include working on films, "I would love to do films as well. It depends on the banner, the people and the role. Lets see," she says. Ram Gopal Verma's thriller is definitely going to be a comeback vehicle.

SYEDA FARIDA

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