Delnaaz Irani is in her 40s but doesn’t want to “chill” and take a break from acting. She says being regular at work now is more important for her.
Asked if she is worried about her future in showbiz, Delnaaz told IANS: “No. For me, my work is important. When a person narrates something to me, and I really like the part then I will just go for it. I don’t think so much.”
“At this day and age… I am no more in my 20s who wants to do this and that. Regularly working now is more important. Doing role after role or show after show, good and respectable roles, it’s important to keep working. I don’t want to take a break or chill.”
Delnaaz has featured in plays, movies, fiction and reality shows and web series. Clearly, the medium doesn’t act as a limitation.
“In the musical called ‘Blockbuster’, I played six different roles. Then I have a short film titled ‘My Mother’s Wedding’. I did web series ‘Virgin Woman Diaries’. With such a body of work, I don’t think the medium is important. I need to have regular and good work,” she said.
One role that she is yearning to play is of a mother in a TV show or a film.
“I have never played a conventional Indian mom. So, I would like to play a mom to somebody either on the big or small screen,” said the “Kal Ho Naa Ho” actress.
Participating in the celebrity dance-based reality show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” also tops her to-do list.
“I would like to do ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ because I love dancing. Even if I last for just three episodes, I will be fine. Dancing is my passion,” said the former “Bigg Boss” contestant.
She is also certain about the type of roles she won’t do.
“The one thing that I am really bored of is the cliche kind of daily soaps. There are a lot of characters that are just there or only giving reactions. I can’t handle the regular run-of-the-mill daily soaps characters,” she said.
She is currently seen as Odhani, a clairvoyant, in Sony Entertainment Television’s show “Ek Deewaana Tha”.
“Till now, people have liked me for being bubbly, chirpy and playing lighter roles that make people laugh but something like this (Odhani) is so strong,” she said.
“People get excited to see me when I come. The look of my character is very negative. I was told that it scared off somebody. Such reactions are fun,” she added.
She feels that the strength in this role is her voice.
“I make sure that my voice is very well projected. When I am asked to dub after shooting, I go mad. I don’t like to dub because that feel, the voice modulation can come only when I am acting,” she said.