Friday, 27 July 2012

First Look: Sridevi and Mehdi Nebbou in English Vinglish


A few weeks ago, TOI told you about the French actor Mehdi Nebbou playing Sridevi's love interest in producer R Balki's English Vinglish, which is being billed as the actress' comeback film.

In the film, Mehdi plays a Frenchman who becomes Sridevi's close friend and confidante even as the duo takes lessons in the English language as they struggle to come to terms with their respective new life in the US.

TOI reports that Mehdi became a big fan of Sridevi after shooting with her. The French actor found Sridevi's reticence and quietude very charming and even taught her some French in exchange for a smattering of Tamil.

Speaking about his experience while shooting the film, Balki told this newspaper, "It was a really curious anomaly. On screen, Sridevi was playing a very talkative woman. But once the camera was off, she was very reserved, at least initially."

Meanwhile, in the Tamil version of the film, Amitabh Bachchan will not have the three-minute cameo he does in the Hindi version. A last minute decision has been taken to replace him with Tamil star Ajith. Reason being Balki didn't want the mega star's Tamil debut to be a three-minute appearance.

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