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Samita Bangargi is Back from London
By Parag Desai
Model-turned-actor Samita Bangargi is on cloud nine these days and why not she's just back from a 50-day shooting schedule in London of her latest film Ramji Londonwale. A remake of the Tamil film Naladamayanti, Samita is paired opposite Madhavan who starred in the original also. "It so happened, Madhavan's wife had seen me in Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai and in the promos of Shaadi Ka Laddoo. It's she who recommended me to him. Fortunately the makers liked me and that's how I was on for the role of Sameera, a NRI girl in London," she chirps.
Talking about the story, she says "it's about Ramji, a Bihari cook who ends up in London for work and in order to protect him from the immigration laws, a lawyer friend of the family with which he lives suggests I marry him." Raj Zutshi plays the lawyer and Samita's fiancÚ in the film. "Initially it seems absurd to have your fiancÚ tell you to marry another man for convenience who to top it all is an Anpadh Ganwar but as the film unfolds everything falls into place", says Samita who calls the film "a sweet, romantic comedy" directed by Sanjay Daima, associate director of Lagaan.
The actress is even gung ho about working with Madhavan "who literally guided me throughout the film. He would sit there observing the monitor even when he wasn't in the scenes. There was so much to learn from him since he has done quite a few films with Mani Ratnam who's considered to be God in the southern film industry." She adds that this film is a huge leap for her "from Yeh Kya Ho Raha and Shaadi Ka Ladoo which were sweet films but didn't really satisfy me as an actor. Whereas in Ramji Londonwale, there's ample scope for performance and I definitely think it will do wonders for my career."
The original by the way had Kamal Haasan play a cameo. While that's about work, Samita had an eventful playtime too for she made friends with "Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger who I had met up with while he was in Mumbai. Jade is a jewellery designer and we hit it off really well." So now that she's back in Mumbai after almost two months is she catching up on life? "Yes, I'm catching up on the heat first," she laughs.