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'None of my films could match Pardes'

Mahima Chaudhary is back in the spotlight after marriage and motherhood, with her new film, Hope And A Little Sugar. Directed by Tanuja Chandra, the film is long-delayed, and will finally release on April 18.

Mahima made one of the most promising debuts in Subhash Ghai's Pardes, opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Unfortunately, the actress could not cash in on the film's success. Her career was gradually reduced to special appearances (Baghban), item numbers (Tere Naam) and box office disasters (Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamaana, Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye...).

The actress looks back at her career, in this conversation with Nithya Ramani

Tell us about Hope And A Little Sugar.

I play a Sikh woman, whose husband [played by Vikram Chatwal] dies during the 9/11 disaster. My father-in-law [played by Anupam Kher] cannot come to terms with the loss and develops a hatred towards Muslims.

Later, I fall in love with a Muslim boy, Ali [played by Amit Sial], but my father-in-law objects to this because Ali is a Muslim.

In the end, he comes to terms with reality and learns to live with the fact that his son is no more. The climax sees him facing the same kind of treatment from Americans because of his beard and turban.

What message does Tanuja Chandra want to send out through this film?

The message is that there is always hope in life and one should never give up on it. My character believes in hope and names her mithai shop, Hope And A Little Sugar. She always believes that one should live life with hope and a little sugar.

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