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‘Cooking for everyone is what I love to do during spare time’

11:22 PM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Asha Bhosle in a brief chat with Lipika Varma.

Veteran singer Asha Bhosle’s first film as an actor, ‘Mai’, is all set to release. Being a singer she has garnered a huge fan following all over the world. On a personal level, the singer believes sharing meals brings everyone closer to each other. “I remember on the film sets too, director and producers offered me home cooked food and all of us relished eating together. I always cook different kind of food from the different states of our country. Cooking for everyone is what I love to do during my spare time. That explains why I have opened restaurants all over the world. I cook North Indian, Gujarati as well as South Indian cuisine. Whenever my children come home from any out station assignment, they long for meals that I prepare myself,” she says.

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Talking about the caring attitude of all the unitwallahs, she adds, “The entire unit treated me with utmost care. I was down with high temperature while the climax scene was being shot. Padmini Kolhapure, who plays my daughter in the movie, looked after me and tucked me into bed like a child. During breaks, director Mahesh Kodiyal would request me to go to my room and relax for a while. Such care and concern shown by everyone boosted my morale and we managed to complete the climax very comfortably.”

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Crediting her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar for pushing her to take up the role, she says, “I was in two minds to take up this film. I was just sitting in my bedroom and pondering over the offer, whether to accept it or not. Lata came to my room and ignited the interest in me to opt for this role. She simply said, ‘Don’t forget that our father was an actor too. You have his genes so obviously you shall prove yourself successful in acting too.’ It is then that I decided to take up this role.”

Asha believes she learnt acting from Padmini, her niece, “Yes! I was slightly shaky to be working opposite her as she has not only worked in many films but she is a senior actor. She told me to always perform naturally. And with this mantra I successfully completed the film.” Does this mean Ashaji’s fans will get to see more of her on celluloid and in Marathi films? “I think I need to get offers to be able to accept them. Until today, I have no offers… ‘aur tab ki tab dekhenge!’ (We will see at that time),” she concludes.

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