Monday, 18 July 2011
Reunion after 18 years
Sridevi and Amitabh Bachchan gave their first shot in almost two decades on Monday for Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish; they even shared lunch on the sets.
Subhash K Jha and Kunal M Shah
Posted On Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 02:16:27 AM
They both won accolades for their last film together. And now, 18 years later, the actors, Sridevi and Amitabh Bachchan, who were seen on screen in the 1993 superhit Khuda Gawah, will share screen space in Balki’s wife Gauri Shinde’s debut venture English Vinglish. In fact, on Monday, the two actors spent some time together on the sets after almost two decades and even shared their meal.
Balki, the director of Big B starrer Cheeni Kum and Paa, informed Mumbai Mirror, “It’s actually a two-day cameo for Mr Bachchan, and not an after-thought. Gauri had written the cameo with Mr Bachchan in mind. We were to shoot last week. But then the blasts happened. So now we have shot on Monday and will have to find another day for this dream team to come together.”
Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi had worked in films like Inquilaab and Aakhree Raasta before they paired up for Khuda Gawah, which at the time was rumoured to be Bachchan’s last venture. While, the film did extremely well, fetching Filmfare nominations for both the lead actors, Big B surely did not move away from the silver screen after that.
While the Big B continued his stint in Bollywood, Sridevi moved on to marriage and motherhood. And now, when the lady is ready to make her comeback to the silver screen, the Big B is more than happy to be a part of it.
Apparently Mr Bachchan said yes to the cameo without hesitation. It is the role of a fellow-passenger that Sridevi meets on a flight. “It’s actually a very funny mid-air cameo. And only Mr Bachchan could do it. My wife and I are grateful he agreed,” said Balki.
While the Big B was happy to be a part of Sridevi’s comeback venture, his Khuda Gawah lady did her part to keep the actor happy on the sets of the film. She got home-cooked food for the entire cast and crew.
Dancing all the way
Sridevi plays the role of a housewife in the film, who in order to please her husband and family, enrolls for an English speaking course. Speech however, is not proving to be the only challenging part of the film. The actress had to shoot for a rather difficult dance step at the YRF Studios, which made even Sri, a trained dancer herself nervous. And that was exactly when she called up choreographer Ganesh Hegde to help through the scene.
A source revealed, “It was not a song. It was a scene where Sridevi had to demonstrate a few dance steps to her kids. Being a perfectionist, she wanted the steps to be just right. That’s when she thought about calling Ganesh since she knew him well. Thankfully, Ganesh was also around and he immediately came to YRF and helped Sridevi finish the scene.”
When contacted Ganesh Hegde confirmed the news and said, “Yes, Srideviji called me and she wanted some break dance steps. She had to do Michael Jackson’s famous moonwalk. I have known Srideviji and Boneyji for a long time now. I am glad she called me when she needed help.”
Speaking about the dance steps, Hegde added, “Srideviji did some break dance in the song Na Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai from Chaalbaaz. So she knew the stuff. I just helped her a little bit.”
From Mumbai Mirror.com