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In Love with Herself

Her million-dollar smile still intact,the veteran actress talks about her best role so far — that of a homemaker.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor |
December 11, 2011 3:11:06 am

Goldie has got jaundice,and Moushumi Chatterjee has been up all night. “I’ve been checking on her health on phone ever since I landed in Chandigarh,” says the actress. Goldie,by the way,is the street dog she adopted a few years ago. And Goldie isn’t the only one under the umbrella of her care. Apart from her husband Jayant Mukherjee,her two daughters Payal and Megha,there’s also a son-in-law and two more dogs.

Besides,Chatterjee has three houses — in Mumbai,Lonavala and Kolkata — to run and maintain.

In between all this,it’s seminars,talks,lectures,PETA,her social work and occasionally,a film or two,that occupy her life and times. “I always say,God has not only been kind,but also partial towards me,” she says,flashing her million-dollar smile,which is as lively and infectious as ever.

“Mahesh Bhatt once asked me why I chose to have a baby at the peak of my career. Well,it was a bonus and I had two,” says Chatterjee. For her,home has always figured on top of the priority list and she takes pride is running her household and looking after her family members. “ I believe it’s sanyam (patience) and sanskaar (values) that add peace and balance to life,” adds the veteran actor,who was in town on Sunday for a musical soiree organised by the Vibrations musical group in the memory of three legends — Mohd Rafi (her favourite),Kishore Kumar and Mukesh.

Chatterjee got married while she was still in school,had her first child at the age of 18,and got her first film break with Balika Badhu (Bengali),followed by Anurag (Hindi). “I never had to struggle; it was all planned,” she says.

By the way,she has just watched The Dirty Picture,and has loved Vidya Balan’s unabashed role in it. While Hindi films are not on her personal list,Aparna Sen’s Bengali film Goinar Baksho (Jewellery Box) is her next. “It’s a comedy spanning three generations and my character is very interesting,very layered,” she says.

Her constant endeavor these days is educate herself,respect her mind and body,and in the process,she confesses that she has fallen in love with herself.

“I never studied after Class X. So now,I read and learn anything,anywhere. I even studied Urdu for sometime. My guru can be a book,a vegetable seller or a doctor — I just absorb,” says Chatterjee,adding how her father-in-law,Hemant da,told her to always keep her professional and personal lives apart.

She says the websites have got her year of birth wrong; it’s not 1948. “Anyways,I stopped counting after 26,” she laughs. Most women do.

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