Facing the DIVA

Director Indra Kumar on how his anxiety vanished once he started shooting with Rekha for Super Nani

Written by Geety Sahgal | Mumbai | Published:October 24, 2014 1:00 am
Rekha in the Anarkali  dress that was designed by her Rekha in the Anarkali dress that was designed by her

Director Indra Kumar was rather nervous and apprehensive before he started shooting with Rekha for his Super Nani. The first day, he recalls, was especially a little difficult for him as the actress was someone he had always looked up to and had grown up watching her films. The scene to be shot was on a set constructed at Mumbai’s Film City Studios and had Rekha singing a bhajan and praying to God for the well-being of her family. But seeing how cool and composed she was, when she stepped on the sets, helped him regain his confidence. Kumar was also taken aback at the way she had deglamourised herself to get under the skin of her character: an ordinary housewife and grandmother, Bharati Bhatia.
“Rekha is very meticulous when it comes to her work, and takes great care with her appearance, dress and walk, thereby adding small nuances to the character. She transformed herself completely into Bharati Bhatia right from the cotton saree, simple make-up and jewellery that were designed by her. She was so amazing, that any fears I had vanished, and all I knew was that I was working with a great actress,” said the director.
The director also talks about the shooting of the song where Rekha had to pretend to be Anarkali and wear a costume similar to what Madhubala wore while singing Pyaar kiya toh darna kya.
“ Rekha was so spontaneous that the song was shot without rehearsals! It was a lot of fun filming it because here she had to hide from her husband so that he does not recognise her. And she designed those elaborate costumes too,” revealed the director.
Super Nani also stars Anupam Kher, Randhir Kapoor, Sharman Joshi and Kumar’s daughter Shweta.It film releases on October 31.

 

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