Hema Malini disappointed over 'Baabul' role
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Hema Malini, who plays Amitabh Bachchan's wife in "Baabul", was shocked to see her insignificant role after watching the complete film. She says there was no need to sign her because anyone could have done it.
Wasn't she aware that the drama is centred on Amitabh and Rani Mukherjee?
"I was aware. But surely I could've been a part of the main drama. Instead, I look like an outsider. After 'Baghban', the audiences wanted to see more of Amitji and me together. Everyone thought we made a terrific couple. Now, everyone is disappointed. What was the need to sign me? My role could've been played by anyone else," Hema told IANS.
While everyone has already commented on her shockingly abbreviated appearance in Ravi Chopra's drama about widow remarriage, outspoken Hema had so far kept her cool.
"That's because I hadn't seen the film. Finally, I saw the first half in Kuala Lumpur at GIFA (Global Indian Film Awards) and the second half in Delhi. Frankly speaking, I am shocked. Where am I in the film? I just seem to be hanging around while Amitji, Salman (Khan) and Rani look like a whole family."
What upset her more was the fact that she had been captured in unflattering close-ups.
"In fact, I've been very badly photographed. Why? I don't have a clue. I don't think I've ever looked so bad. In fact, I called up Renu (Ravi Chopra) and put in my complaint."
But all said and done Hema is still more than willing to work with Chopra again.
"They're a wonderful unit, very profession and easy to get along with. I had a wonderful time shooting both 'Baghban' and 'Baabul'."
She has been offered another film, a remake of the Clint Eastwood-Meryl Streep drama "The Bridges Of Madison County".
"But I am willing to do only if my role is well-defined. At this stage of my career I don't want to be a prop."
Hema has just finished putting together an idea for a project, which would star daughter Esha Deol in an exotic and agile avatar.
"It's an ambitious project. But I think I'm allowed to be ambitious, am I not?"