"I really don't know how
the directors work with him. He is a difficult actor to work with.
The directors probably pull their hair out. How it happens I don't
know, but I like what I see of him on screen," she said.
The mother and son have featured together in
"Aashik Aawara" (1993) and "Eklavya - The Royal
"He has been very lucky to work with people
like Vishal Bharadwaj, Imtiaz Ali, Pradeep Sarkar and Farhan Akhtar,
who have given him meaningful and meaty roles," she added.
According to the doting mother of three - Saif,
Soha and Saba, her son's most forgettable role has been in "Tashan",
where he was cast with Kareena Kapoor. But rather than being extremely
critical of his performances, she likes to watch his work like
a regular audience.
"I am content to be just a mother to all
my children. When I see a film, I see it as any other audience
member. I react as an audience. If I feel there are issues with
make-up or dialogue delivery, I tell him and he listens to them.
But I believe in constructive criticism. So I give suggestions
that they can build on, not something that they can't do anything
about," she clarified.
While Saif branched out from being just an actor
to being a producer for his last release "Love Aaj Kal",
Sharmila doubts his ability to manage financial issues.
"I can't really give Saif the credit for
being a producer. He may have contributed to the creative side
of it, but the rest was all done by his partner Dinu (Dinesh Vijan).
Saif doesn't have the patience or inclination to manage finance.
He doesn't understand the concept of money. Dinesh is the one
who kept it all within the budget and did a very credible job,"
As of now, Sharmila, who is married to Mansoor
Ali Khan Pataudi, is hoping for a family reunion soon as it's
been a long time since they have all met at one place.
"Such a meeting where all of us are together
has to be impromptu. Sometimes if Saif can come, Soha can't as
she can't dictate terms to her producers. But we see them individually.
We met Saif at Interlaken some time back. All of us together is
a little difficult but we might manage it soon as we have a wedding
coming up in the family," said Sharmila, who was recently
seen in Amol Palekar's Marathi film "Samaantar".