Sonali Bendre is a progressive mother: Vivek Oberoi

Mumbai: Actor Vivek Oberoi says his ‘India’s Best Dramebaaz’ co-judge Sonali Bendre is a great mother in real life.

Vivek, Sonali and director Sajid Khan will be judging the second season of the Zee TV talent hunt.

While Vivek, 39, and Sonali were part of the first season as well, Sajid replaces director Anurag Basu as the third judge.

“We usually advice the kids, but Sonali being a progressive mother, consistently talks to the mothers… Those mothers who take pressure. They are nervous and you can see. But she has made it a point to tell them that if they take pressure, their kids will too. From last season till now, the attitude of parents has changed,” Vivek told reporters at the launch of the show.

When asked if being a mother will help her judge the children on the show, Sonali said, “First of all I don’t like the word ‘judge’, because you can’t judge children. Kids are kids and everyone is an individual.”

“We call it judging, but we try not be judgemental about it. I try to tell them something constructively. They are small and they have their whole life in front of them,” she said.

The 40-year-old actress said only those kids take pressure whose parents worry too much about the results.

“Kids take everything on their chin. They are very happy and say ‘okay I’ll try harder next time.’ Only those kids cry and take stress whose parents stress the kids. The parents who don’t stress their kids, they come have fun, make friends (on the show),” she said.

Sonali said the series’ team is particular that children’s studies are not get affected due to the show schedules.

“We are very particular that the kids, who come to our show, get time to study. We work in coordination with their schools so that the studies shouldn’t be affected. They are given proper time and we are particular about this. If this wouldn’t have happened then I wouldn’t have returned for the show,” she said.

Praising the grasping power of the young ones, Sajid said every filmmaker looks out for talented kids.

“Kids have the special abilities which other actors don’t have. Their grasping power is very strong. They can remember long lines and scenes which big actors won’t be able to remember. So that’s a great thing,” he said.

‘India’s Best Dramebaaz 2’, hosted by Rithvik Dhanjani and Ravi Dubey, will premiere on December 12.