Oct 07 2012
I’m not a big fan of interviews on TV since the interviewers steer clear of any topics that could be even remotely interesting. Afraid of controversy, they play it really safe and so the interviews are bland and boring with the actor repeating facts he/she has already uttered in a million interviews and praising sky high the movie he/she is there to promote. But I looked forward to the interview with Sridevi on Jaya TV. With her long innings in cinema, her unparalleled success in multiple languages, an interesting personal life and a much-expected comeback after a long hiatus, I looked forward to an interesting talk with lots of information. An added bonus was fact that she has never given an interview to a Tamil television channel. But Suhasini managed to turn the interview into a manual on how not to conduct an interview.
Suhasini’s questions were invariably longer than the answers. This happened on many questions as she guessed Sridevi’s emotions in a situation or provided her own perspective of an issue. In other cases, since she had worked as the assistant director on some of Sridevi’s movies, Suhasini prefixed the question with a long story about herself and her knowledge about some incident. In the few instances she got to say a few words, Sridevi showed us she had some interesting things to say(what she actually said in Moondru Mudichu in the scene where Kamal falls into the water was a hilarious anecdote). But with Suhasini usually only asking her for confirmation rather than information, the actress couldn’t say much apart from a weak “Yes”.
When the subject of Sridevi’s popular songs came up, Suhasini ended up singing every song that she asked Sridevi about. While she did mention that Sridevi sang a song in Chandni and lent her voice in Moondraam Pirai‘s Munbu Oru Kaalathula…, she gave the actress no chance as she launched into every song and sang a few lines. Poor Sridevi was left listening to her and praising her rendition. As if subjecting Sridevi to her singing was not enough, Suhasini then mistook the interview for a memory test. So after singing the song, she asked Sridevi if she remembered the movie the song was from. To add some variety, she also asked her to find the song(for instance, Ilamaiyenum Poongaatru…) based on information she provided about the scene. During this portion, the interview began to look more like a quiz and Sridevi looked like a deer caught in the headlights as she tried to recall films and songs from several decades ago.
Throughout the interview, Suhasini was constantly interrupting Sridevi and finishing her sentences for her. But the worst instance happened during the aforementioned ‘songs quiz’. After asking her which film the song Chinnanchiru Vayadhil… was from, she promptly answered the question herself without even giving her a chance to reply.
With lots of news items and photos appearing on every website, even casual fans of Tamil cinema would’ve known that Ajith was making a cameo appearance in the Tamil version of English Vinglish and that his role was being essayed by Amitabh Bachan in Hindi. But Suhasini appeared surprised when Sridevi told her that Ajith had acted in the film and then went on to ask her who did his role in the Hindi and Telugu versions. This lack of preparation for the interview was shocking.
Suhasini finally wrapped up the interview with the question “How did you feel giving this interview?”. A dumber question there can’t be and what exactly she expected Sridevi to answer for this question, I’ll never know. But if she’d asked me “How did you feel seeing this interview?”, I’d have some choice words for her!
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