Former Miss India, the beauteous actress Kalpana Iyer appeared in several Hindi films throughout the 1980s and '90s. Remembered often and fondly for her disco song-and-dance routines that were all the rage in that glistering decade, Iyer's rambunctious moves are still on play for the MTV generation. Albeit in remixes and other techno-avataars on the radio and on television.
Having acted with Sridevi in several films (Waqt Ki Awaaz, Aasman Se Gira, Laadla etc) and worked with her on stage-shows around the world, Iyer's seen Sridevi's transformative act in person. She describes Sri as a shy and reticent girl off-screen, complete diva on screen. This is all-too clear in their last collaboration, where Ms Iyer and Sri have a face-off in one memorable scene in Laadla.
During a serendipitous e-chat, the former actress and now restauranteur, recollects fondly:
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Though the two haven't met since that one-day shoot back in 1994 on a film set, Iyer hasn't met the now mother of tow. "Well, that was the Sridevi I knew. But then like so many others, she too has changed and how! I'm happy because now she is totally groomed at all times! Slim trim fit! Still a diva! A beautiful charming mother of two beautiful girls and what an actress! Even now! She is a revelation in so many ways."
When asked to comment further, Iyer simply says, "God bless her, I can't say anymore because I have not met or worked with her in ages, but am told by all she is an absolute pro at her job even now! That's good news as I am extremely fond of her."
Many thanks to Ms Iyer. And indeed memories are precious.
UPDATE: Kalpana Iyer: Thanx a ton Rama for d pics and for d compliment it is one of my fav films like u said I had this one scene (guest app) but d reason I did it were ...The producer Nitin Panchamia was/is a friend and I had /have a lot of respect for d Director Raj Kanwar (RIP) and of course d Starcast and d amazing lines and I loved d way the scene was done and I enjoyed it because it is so not me at all but then I had so much fun Shooting for it ...it was done in a day and one shift only well Thanx anyway Memories R Precious