Saturday, 16 April 2011

Sridevi - Amitabh Bachchan together?

By Subhash K Jha

‘Why not?’ asks director, who’s previously cast Bachchan with Tabu and Vidya Balan.

There has been a rumour of Sridevi’s comeback for many months now. But neither the filmmaker nor the actress was ready to confirm the news. Until now. For the first time, R Balki confirms that Ms Hawa Hawai is making a comeback in his wife Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut this year. And she might also be paired in Balki’s own directorial venture with Big B.

Balki believes in placing Big B in challenging combinations with screen divas (Tabu as his sweetheart in Cheeni Kum, Vidya Balan as his mom in Paa) has solved the dilemma of how to accommodate the two larger than-life stars together. In Gauri’s film, Sridevi plays a housewife who sets out to find her own identity. She has a much more challenging role opposite Big B.

Speaking for the first time on his wife’s film, Balki says, “Yes, Sridevi will star in her film. And yes, I’m doing another project with Mr Bachchan. Like Cheeni Kum and Paa it is again an audacious idea that we are both hugely excited about.

Will my film too star Sridevi? Why not? But at the moment it’s too early to talk about the casting of my film.”

Sri-Big B diaries

The two were earlier paired together in the 1980s hit T Rama Rao’s Inquilaab and in the 1990s in Mukul Anand’s Khuda Gawah. Most producers shied away from pairing them together as they were seen to be individually too big in their stardom to be accommodated together. In fact Yash Chopra wanted to cast Big B and Sri together in Veer-Zaara. But the pairing didn’t work out.

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