July 21, 2010 02:42:05 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
LAMHAA is struggling at the box office and as it happens in films which do not rock at the box office; when things don't really go as per the plan, everything about it comes into scrutiny. One such factor about LAMHAA which has been pointed out is casting of Bipasha as a key protagonist in the film. While she has done well in the role of a Kashmiri woman, there have been voices that have challenged her casting since she doesn't come with quintessential Kashmiri features. Also, a few feel that she was roped in mainly to add on to the star appeal of LAMHAA.
RAHUL DHOLAKIA and BIPASHA BASU
However, director Rahul Dholakia comments that this is far from true. As per him, the lady was brought into the project not in order to enhance the glamour quotient but to get the kind of sensitivity that was expected from the character she plays in the film.
'We needed someone who could give time and understanding to the character because it was so pivotal to the film's plot,' says the national award winning director, 'Bipasha was someone who was willing to come to Kashmir and shoot even as there were other heroines who were so apprehensive. Also, her personality was such that it totally fitted the character. I never had any doubts.'
Elaborating on the much hyped characterisation factor, Rahul says, 'See, Bipasha's character was designed as such which had internal as well as external conflicts. She had to battle both and for that we needed a mature actor. Also, she had to physically agile as there was a requirement to learn martial arts. All these elements came together to make Bipasha the best choice for LAMHAA.'