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Rituparno Ghosh wants to direct Shweta Bachchan
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Rituparno Ghosh, who has the singular honour of having worked with the entire Bachchan family - Amitabh, Abhishek and Jaya - in different projects, now wants to cast Shweta in a film.
"I don't know if she'd agree. But I find Shweta's face and body language very interesting. I've seen her on television and I intend to approach her soon," Ghosh told IANS.
Shweta stepped under the spotlight for the first time as the host of "Next Gen", a new talk show on NDTV Profit. She will also be seen on the mother-daughter special episode of Karan Johar's chat show "Koffee With Karan".
Apart from the Bachchans, Ghosh has worked with the new member of the family Aishwarya Rai too in "Chokher Bali" and "Raincoat".
"As for having directed all three Bachchans and Aishwarya, I never thought of them as a package. Aishwarya was cast in 'Chokher Bali' at a time when she was far from being the Bachchan daughter-in-law."
In fact, there's an enormously interesting co-incidence binding Aishwarya's presence in "Chokher Bali" with the actress' impending status as the Bachchan daughter-in-law.
When Jaya went jewellery shopping with Ghosh for Aishwarya in Kolkata, the measurements for her bangles were already with the acclaimed director.
"The same jewellers who designed Aishwarya's bridal jewellery in 'Chokher Bali' have done the designs for her wedding jewellery. So it was like re-visiting my art through a situation where my heroine jumped out of the screen into a real-life situation."
The jeweller in Kolkata brought all his designs to Ghosh's residence where Jaya picked and green-lighted the ones she wanted.
"It'd have been impossible for Jayadi to shop in Kolkata. I remember the harrowing time I had shooting with her on location for 'Sunglass'."
Ghosh had cast Abhishek in "Antarmahal", Jaya in "Sunglass" and Amitabh in "The Last Lear".
"I cast them because they fitted the roles perfectly. I want to cast them repeatedly, but not because they're who they are."
The last four days of "The Last Lear" in Mussoorie went like a charm, says the director.
"Considering Amitda was so stressed about the wedding, he was in his elements. He made all of us roar with laughter. Often Preity, who dresses up in traditional saris and bindis rarely, would take a little time in getting ready.
"Amitda would sit right there on the road and regale us with his wit. Shooting with him has been the easiest experience in the world. And watching his effortless professionalism everyone else in the cast just followed suit."