Exclusive: Mona Singh on Laal Singh Chaddha’s box office performance and more | Bollywood

Mona Singh is getting a ton of praise for her performance in the movie Laal Singh Chaddha. The film may not have been a big hit at the box office, but Mona couldn’t be more proud of the film which she’s sure will be remembered for a long time. She was there from the beginning of the film, even when Pritam and Amitabh Bhattacharya were writing her songs, and therefore calls it the most satisfying experience of her life.

In a chat with Hindustan Times, Mona Singh shared all about working on Laal Singh Chaddha during the pandemic, uniting with Aamir Khan on screen and more. Excerpts:

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You play as a fiery mother of Laal Singh Chaddha. Do you value the response for your role?

This whole experience is so overwhelming, I’m on cloud nine. I am inundated with appreciation, there are messages coming in from everywhere. When the filming of the film was finished and it was edited, I remember AK (Aamir Khan) calling me and telling me how good I was. I feel so happy, that’s what an actor ultimately wants. You need this validation and its massive influx.

What do you think affected the film’s performance at the box office? He did about 49 crore in its first week.

I’m not a wispy person and I don’t understand the box office at all. This is the third film of my life. What’s so satisfying is that anyone who’s seen the movie has nothing but good things to say about it. That’s what I remember. I don’t want to think about short-term things like how much money it makes, that’s beyond me. I’m sure I’m part of a movie that will be remembered for a very long time.

What was it like working with Aamir Khan again after the success of 3 Idiots?

He is so down to earth and humble. Although he is a perfectionist, he is not intimidated. He makes you so comfortable with him that you don’t feel like you’re working with a star. Of course, I was nervous, I had butterflies in my stomach. It’s the best feeling to feel so alive, to want to go on set and do something amazing. We were all driven by passion so it was a very rewarding experience. I have learned and unlearned so many things. We had great conversations about filmmaking, writing, editing, etc. He is very intelligent.

Your Punjabi diction is very relevant in the film. Did you improvise it or were you always so good at Punjabi?

At home, we always spoke in Punjabi. My parents always wanted children to know their mother tongue.

Your role was kept secret during the filming of the film. What was it like filming during the pandemic?

We shot in October 2020 and then in 2021 as well. Filming during the pandemic was very difficult, I’m sure it was difficult for everyone filming during this time. The unit was smaller, we were undergoing multiple tests and changes, movement became restricted. There were people who had come down with Covid-19, I also caught Covid at the time. Filming was cancelled, anticipated or postponed, it was a very difficult period. I’m glad everything turned out well in the end.

Coming from the success of Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi on delivery of 3 Idiots and then Laal Singh Chaddha. Do you feel satisfied with your trip.

That’s what I wanted to do in my life as an actor. I may not have done 100 shows, but the kind of movies and shows I’ve done have always been inspirational and talked about. This is a very satisfying phase for me. I didn’t know anyone in the industry. Today, I am what I am by myself and on my own terms and choices. I am very happy and proud of the choices I made.

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