Charmee Kaur, an actor, Producer, Businesswoman, and Co-founder of Puri Connects, is still adamant about not getting married. She is enjoying the phase of being a producer. After the Liger release directed by Puri Jagannadh, she has Jana Gana Mana and a few other scripts ready. Charmee has her reasons for turning into a producer and not wanting to get married, read to know her heart…
Are you happy with your career, especially in production?
Yes, I am happy as a producer and only as a producer. We have almost 10 full scripts ready, that we wish to produce under Puri Connects. They are all big and larger-than-life films. After Liger we are producing another big film called Jana Gana Mana, which is an even bigger film than Liger. Two more films after Liger are under work.
You haven’t made films with stars you were paired with, any reasons?
Oh, nothing like that! Puri sir has to write the scripts for them, and if he asks me to pitch it to them, I would do it.
Did you not consider acting in the film?
Not at all! When I’m asked to act in a film, I always say… maaf karo, I’m not interested. My dad would always tell me one thing… beta yeh khubsoorati, Zindagi bhar nahi rahegi. Aur itni scripts aa rahi, sari zindigi bhar nahi aayegi. Have a plan B in your life! My dad knows that I am not marriage material at all! When a woman gets married, she sacrifices a lot of things, from leaving her own family, accepting the other family – loving a different khandan, bearing children, looking after them, getting them married, taking care of their marriage and so much more. My father knows I can’t do all that!
Will you choose acting again?
I have lost interest in acting. I will not choose to be an actor again. I have done 55 films, bus hogaya, life mein entry jitna important hai exit bhi utna hi important hai.
Do you like to portray strong women roles in your films?
Puri sir has been a huge woman supporter he says, Shaadi vadi karke kuch faida nahi hai kam karo, don’t expect support from anyone else. Pay your bills; enjoy your holidays and your life. The same thing reflects in his movie: all the girl characters in his movie have extraordinarily strong roles. Mothers’ characters in all his movies are also strong, and Ramya Krishnan’s role is so strong. As Indians, we admire our mothers for their strength. He is a staunch supporter of women. Take a look at me; he gave me this job because of my gender.
Has the industry become more secure, as many women are entering into films in different capacities?
I find Mumbai is extremely safe for women… I advise every girl to always have support from their family, without the support of her family, not only films, nothing should be done. If your parents want you to be a doctor, do it! If you want to be a part of the Film industry and are getting support from your parents, then come with their support! Without the support of parents, both will be unhappy…how will you be able to make a successful career? But with the support of your parents, you will make your career 10 times better.
How do you take the present situation releases in theatres?
We should not take this situation lightly, as it’s a serious situation. It’s an upsetting and scary situation in Bollywood. The filmmakers have seen many hurdles, now trusting people to come to theatres after the pandemic, but people are not coming to theatres. At the same time, I want to understand the reasons. Are you being influenced by the boycott? Film content is not good? Or is it that you have no money in your pockets? Any financial growth of any industry is especially important for our country, as it’s for the betterment of our country. I’m surprised to see malls, parks and pubs filled with people enjoying themselves, but not at theatres. Why is our industry suffering? Is it because people prefer watching films at home?
But Telugu films are doing well at the Box office?
Yes, three Telugu films have been a hit…before Liger. These three films earned 150 to 175 gross, in August. It’s like South is our mother and Bollywood is like our baap. Maa is happy but Baap is not happy.