In Badhai Ho, she warns her reel daughter (played by actress Sanya Malhotra), on the realities of marrying her distraught boyfriend. A candid, strong mother with a mind of her own, and well prepared to articulate her views, on point. Actress Sheeba Chaddha is as precise and concise in real life, and an absolute delight to interact with.

“It takes a while to adjust to the air of Mumbai, after returning from the relatively slow-paced languor of Lucknow,” she says as we begin our chat. Sheeba has just wrapped up the shoot schedule of Pagglait, a light-hearted entertainer directed by Umesh Bist. Incidentally, Sanya plays the lead in this movie. “There has been no map for my career, no ambitious game plan powering my choice of roles,” she says with signature candour. “Let us get real. For character artistes like us, there aren’t many fabulous roles written. I get to pick from what is offered, and make my best choice. But I genuinely feel blessed as I have largely had to turn down work, than have less work. When I look around and see so many talented actors out of work,…

Shilpi Madan for Sunday Herald

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