Mishti, that's not your real name... No, my real name is Indrani Chakravorty and Mishti is my nickname. But since it is far sweeter, most of my friends and members of my family have always called me by my nickname. Even Subhash Ghai chose to introduce me as Mishti in Kaanchi.
Kaanchi was initially scheduled for an August 15, 2014 release, but has been delayed by almost eight months. It must be an agonising wait? No, I've always been patient. Moreover, a date is just a number. I remember Subhashji telling me on the first day of the shoot that it's important for an actor to have complete faith in the director. And I have that. I've learnt the A to Z of filmmaking in his gurukul. And since he's making his comeback as a director six years after Yuvvraaj, he's determined not to release Kaanchi till he's completely satisfied. It'll be out on April 25 now. The delay has worked in our favour because women-centric films are doing well these days .
Before Kaanchi, you had worked in the Bengali film, Porichoi as Indrani. It was directed by Basu Chatterjee's daughter Rupali Guha and was supposed to open last September. You've disassociated yourself from the film since, thereby upsetting your co-star Prosenjit Chatterjee. Porichoi was my big commercial break in Bengali films. The film revolves around me and Prosenjit- who plays my estranged father. He is such a great guy. He stood by me when my passport was rejected because the photograph was slightly smudged. The rest of the unit was already in London by then. The shoot was delayed by 20 days because of me and at one point there were talks of replacing me. But he insisted they wait as it was not my fault. I hardly knew him then. His comments about me were misinterpreted. I discovered this when I called him. Porichoi's associate director Arindam Ray is Subhashji's chief assistant. He was the one who showed my pictures to Subhashji and I landed Kaanchi. It will be my Bollywood debut. How does it matter if I've worked in regional films before? I've never concealed the fact. I'm proud of all my films.
You've worked in a Hindi film too, Strings of Passion, co-starring Zeenat Aman and Indrani Haldar... Oh! that that was just a 10-second appearance. I had done a Bengali docu-feature with Sanghamitra Chowdhury, Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath. I had gone to wish Sanghamitra when she started Strings of Passion. I was just a teenager then. When she asked me to sit on a sofa in front of the camera I didn't question her, since I've always been respectful towards people. The attempt to use my name to promote the film later wasn't right. But I hold no grudges, Sanghamitra is still a friend.
Is it true that you have an exclusive three-film contract with Mukta Arts? Yes, but I am free to do films with other banners with their consent.
You're the sixth heroine to be launched by Ghai after Meenakshi Sheshadri, Madhuri Dixit, Manisha Koirala, Mahima Chaudhuri and Isha Sharvani. What, according to you, were their USPs? Meenkashi's was her compassionate face, Manisha's was her serenity and that divine face. Mahima's USP is her bubbly charm, Isha's is her flexible body and Madhuri is extraordinary from head to toe.