You were a constant fixture in every Tamil
film not so long ago. What happened then?
I have been receiving offers continuously. But I want
only meaningful roles and hence I have been rejecting
quite a few of them.
You seem to have shed some flab. What is the secret
behind the slim Mumtaz?
Well, I am a fitness freak. I work out daily. Besides,
I have a personal trainer to help me with exercise and
diet. I avoid a high starch diet.
Have you ever felt sad at being in the public eye as
There have been two occasions when I felt very demoralized.
At a press meet, some journalists asked me who the girl
that accompanied me to shooting was. I told them that
she was my close friend. This led to the rumor that
I was a lesbian. The second incident was the Monal tragedy.
It was I who called up Simran
to inform her about the sad news. But, I was victimized
when I tried to help. It just proves that show business
is sad business. One cannot say friend from foe.
What are your happy memories about your role as a heroine?
I made my debut in Monisha En Mona Lisa. I have acted
in several films. In each one, I have played according
to the requirements of the story. I have taken care
to bring the right shade of emotion to my roles. I do
not mind in being the second heroine, only the importance
of the character matters to me.
You can claim credit for several hit songs.
Almost every song of mine has been a hit with the audience.
If you want me to pick out one, I would say the Mala..mala
number from Choclet.
Are you comfortable with Tamil?
When I started acting, I was not familiar with Tamil.
But the tremendous popularity that the Tamil audience
has given me made me fall in love with the language.
I started learning Tamil. Now, I have progressed well
as to speak without difficulty.
What are your ambitions?
As an artiste, I want to perform different roles. I
want to bond with the audience through my characters.
I want to become an indelible name in Tamil cinema.
Any plans beyond movies…
I love cinema. But I also love children. Therefore,
I would like to pursue studies about children and their
psychology. I have seen childbirth from close quarters.
So, I know how wonderful it is to be with children.
I wish to learn more about these beautiful gifts from