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Could WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR do the trick for Amrita Rao?
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
Though Amrita Rao had a good run in her initial phase of career, her career did not take off. Her last successful film was VIVAH, and before that MAIN HOON NA. Now in WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR she is appearing in a totally deglamourized role, and could this turn out to be the turning phase in her career?
Why this question is being raised is on account of the director who is directing this film, Shyam Benegal. Right from his earlier days of film making Shyam Benegal has been credited with giving a new career to the female actors in her films, inspite of the fact that the male co-stars have given a powerhouse of performance.
It all started with Shabana Azmi when her career just launched into stratosphere after stellar performance in ANKUR, and Smita Patil came into limelight after BHUMIKA following the same with MANDI. It happened with Rekha and Karishma Kapoor in ZUBEIDA. Even Nina Gupta had her magical moments in TRIKAAL and she never got a chance to attain the same after TRIKAAL. SARDARI BEGUM gave a launch to the career of Kiron Kher and she became a big time character actress in the commercial films in a big way. Fareeda Jalal came into her own being and gave her lifetime performance in MUMMO.
With such an illustrious record of having culled out performances from the actresses in the past and catapulting them all together into a new orbit, the same magic should work for Amrita Rao as well. Amrita Rao has demonstrated in the past, more so in MAIN HOON NA that she has the potential but she needs a director and she can shine. It may also be fortunate for her that she has not been paired opposite any famous star of the fist category, but has been paired with Shreyas Talpade and Ravi Kishan so she can be expected to score her point. WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR may therefore be a new welcome to her career.