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Posted on Feb 19, 04:34PM | IBNS
Mumbai Feb 19 : Naseeruddin Shah will be taking on self-proclaimed godmen in Makrand Deshpande's directorial venture Sona Spa. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu in conversation with the veteran actor in Mumbai
What is the storyline of Sona Spa?
It's a spa where you can buy sleep. Someone else will sleep on your behalf while you can continue doing your work and still be refreshed. But the catch is, that person will also be able to see your dreams.
What are you playing?
I am playing Baba Dayanand who owns Sona Spa. He keeps making philosophies which sometimes you understand and sometimes you can't. He is never visible in person, but always appears on television screen.
So, you are taking a dig at godmen?
Yes, you are right. My character is a satire on all self-proclaimed godmen, who are in excess in our country.
How was it playing a godman?
It's amusing to play a godman because sometimes I see these characters on television and they are really very entertaining. And I would want to play such a part someday in a full-length way.
Did you ever feel the need to go to a spa to buy sleep?
(Laughs) I will never go to such a spa as I love sleeping. I would rather earn my sleep than paying for it.
Who do you think needs a Sona Spa the most?
I think Bollywood actors will need this kind of spa the most. That way, they will be able to do six shifts a day and will also not be late for shots saying they were sleeping.
Have you even been to a spa?
No, never. I don't like being massaged by strangers.
With lots of new subjects being experimented with, what, according to you, should the main focus of today's films?
See, the responsibility of films should not always be to portray the present reality as it is, but also to present the reality you want to see.